If the Joan Osborne lyric “What if God was one of us?” conjures visions of a teen girl conversing with a higher power, you probably remember the CBS series Joan of Arcadia, which ended 15 years ago this month.
Created by Barbara Hall (who later devised Madam Secretary), the family drama starred Amber Tamblyn as a modern-day Joan of Arc who fulfills a deal she made with God — embodied in her life by a series of acquaintances and strangers — and performs tasks to improve the world.
They may not have stayed 'Forever Young,' but the cast of 'Parenthood' has moved on to exciting new roles in recent years.
Though the show only lasted two seasons, it made a big impact in pop culture, winning a People’s Choice Award and a Humanitas Prize and landing an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.
To mark the 15th anniversary of the Joan of Arcadia’s final episode on April 22, we’re checking in with the show’s main cast. Scroll down to get their career updates….
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Amber Tamblyn (Joan Girardi)
The Joan of Joan of Acadia has joined the cast of FX’s Y, a drama in which women inherit the Earth after an apocalyptic event. She’ll play Mariette Sallows, daughter of the U.S. president, opposite costars Diane Lane, Imogen Poots, and Lashana Lynch.
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Joe Mantegna (Will Girardi)
Mantegna recently wrapped a 12-year run on Criminal Minds, which aired its series finale in February. And after nearly three decades, he’s still voicing Fat Tony on The Simpsons.
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Mary Steenburgen (Helen Girardi)
Steenburgen, who recently joined husband Ted Danson in the series finale of The Good Place, will next be seen in the big-screen romantic comedy Happiest Season alongside Alison Brie, Kristen Stewart, and Dan Levy. She also appears on NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.
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Jason Ritter (Kevin Girardi)
Ritter, who had a recurring role in Season 2 of A Million Little Things, currently stars as biotech engineer Pat Rollins in the Netflix sci-fi drama Raising Dion.
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Michael Welch (Luke Girardi)
Welch has spent the past few years starring in independent films and guest-starring on the TV shows Lucifer, Another Period, and Station 19.
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Chris Marquette (Adam Rove)
Marquette guest-starred in four episodes of Barry’s first season, playing an old Marine pal of the titular Bill Hader character.
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Becky Wahlstrom (Grace Polk)
Wahlstrom (seen here in 2007) has had sparse filmography lately, but her post-Joan roles include guest-starring stints on the TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, 24, and Nashville.