Monday, October 15, 2012

Why was GCB Canceled? A few reasons ...

Why was GCB Canceled? A few reasons ...


Why was GCB canceled? Here are a few reasons.
The obvious reason it was canceled was the low viewership on ABC. ABC intended GCB to be a replacement for Desperate Housewives, but here are some reasons why GCB failed for ABC.

It was introduced to the American public portraying Christians and Christianity in a negative light:
  • GCB originally meant "Good Christian B*itches," (strike 1) and then ABC was bombarded with feedback by religious and right-winged groups saying that the title would not fly with them. ABC then tried to appease the groups by saying GCB meant "Good Christian Belles. Nice try.
  • The show then went on to portray a cast of stars such as Kristin Chenoweth trying to be very Christian but ending up being hypocritical at the same time (this was basically the premise of the whole show). Again, ABC insulted a whole group of people that is very religious. Not a way to gain viewership or fans. Not that Christian women can't be hypocrites but aren't almost all people hypocritical at one time or another?
  • Mainstream America is Christian. I'm not talking about people from big liberal cities like New York City or L.A. I'm talking about small and mid-sized towns and rural America that makes up about 70% of the landscape of the U.S. That is mainstream America. This America is still very Christian. They aren't going to watch a show that makes fun of the very fabric of their lives.

Women's groups also disliked the title behind GCB from the get-go:
  • The title "Good Christian B*tches" also angered some women's groups who didn't think women should be referred to as "b*itches" in general.

The message of the show didn't resonate with non-Christians that much either:
  • Unless you are specifically a fan of showing Christians in a negative light, then this show might not have appealed to you. And not everyone gets why the premise "everything is big in Texas" should be funny either.

The time slot is bad for new shows:
  • Introducing a new show to America at 10 p.m. on Sunday - when many American people are winding down and getting ready to go to bed for work the next day - is a bad move. People aren't ready for new commitments at 10 p.m.

GCB is an expensive production:
  • Paying stars like Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, and Annie Potts; all of the mansions and expensive settings; all of the flashy clothes - do not make for a financially sound show unless the viewership is high. And it wasn't.

It wasn't a great replacement for Desperate Housewives:
  • Desperate Housewives had mystery, intrigue, and sometimes a moral to the end of each story. It also had a wide range of female personalities. It portrayed families, and most notably -- housewives. Housewives are an often ignored segment of America. But you didn't have to be a housewife to like this show. You could simply be female and want a house in the suburbs and a family. You could also be a man. Men I know used to tell me they liked Desperate Housewives because some of the women were hot, there were actual storylines, and that it showed the sneaky side of women's natures. GCB came off as a comedy with cartoonishly portrayed women and a skewed portrayal of Christianity.

I watched about four episodes of GCB. There were things I liked about the show -- the fashion, some of the jokes, the nice houses, Annie Potts, and how most of the women were married with strong husbands -- not deadbeats as modern society often throws in our faces. But it would never have replaced Desperate Housewives for me. That is a show I will truly miss.

GCB Cancelled But Online Petition Underway to Bring Show Back

GCB Cancelled But Online Petition Underway to Bring Show Back

By Jennifer Lee, EnStarz | May 14, 2012 12:16 PM EDT
An online petition to save ABC's scrapped show "GCB" has been set up by fans who were gutted to find out that the show will not continue next season.  A website call to save has been created by Randy Bragdon, which has a petition to "Save GBC: Tell ABC Not to Cancel GCB".  The site already received over 14,450 signatures. When it reaches 15,000, the petition will be sent toABC Entertainment in a bid to save the show.

UPDATE: GCB Petition Gets Over 40k Signatures; Wendy Williams Starts Own Petition to Save Hit Show

 The website reads:
"This petition is directed to the management of ABC Entertainment regarding their new show GCB, currently shown at 10:00 pm on Sundays. We, the undersigned, wish to show our eagerness for the show to be given a chance to prove itself for a second season and beyond.If the viewers are given enough time to engage in this continuing narrative we believe they will become loyal, long-term fans of the show. Thank you for taking the time to read this - here's to many future successful episodes of GCB!"
ABC has cancelled its controversial "GCB" series, along with "The River" ,"Missing" and "Pan Am".

The show averaged just under 6 million viewers and the network decided not to go on with the second season.

The original title of the show was "Good Christian Bitches", which raised eyebrows. It then changed to "Good Christian Belles", before the name finally settled on GCB. The series was based on a novel by Kim Gatlin called "Good Christian Bitches."
According to Pegasus News, One Million Moms boycotted the controversial first season of the show, saying it offered a "bigoted portrayal of Christianity."

The show's cast tweeted their disappointment of the show after the news broke.

Cast member Jennifer Aspen. She tweeted on Friday: "I'm so sorry to tell you all that #GCB has been cancelled by ABC. #Heartbroken."
Leslie Bibb, who plays Amanda, tweeted: "To all u #GCB fans & Amanda lovers, thx 4 the <3..Appreciate it & just wait, we'll get 2 go on a new fun ride somewhere else! #lifeisperfect".
Actress Kristin Chenoweth wrote "Our entire ensemble of actors on GCB are saddened. :("

ABC Cancels Controversial 'GCB' Series

ABC Cancels Controversial 'GCB' Series

By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor
May 13, 2012|11:38 am

ABC has canceled its freshman series with the controversial title "GCB," which some believed mocked Christians, as it failed to attract enough viewership.

ABC has officially passed on ordering second seasons of four series, including "GCB," which is based on Kim Gatlin's novel Good Christian B's and centers on a newly widowed woman who moves back with her family to the upscale Dallas, Texas, neighborhood where she grew up, according to
The "Missing," "The River" and "Pan Am" series have also been canceled.
The series, which was changed from the original title "Good Christian B's" to "Good Christian Belles" and finally to "GCB," was only able to attract an average of 5.9 million viewers and 1.9 ratings in the adults 18-to-49 demographic.
Stars of the series, touted as the heir to the "Desperate Housewives" throne, tweeted about its cancellation.
"[ABC] is literally in a room in NY right now deciding our fate. #GCB #GCBSeason2 #PleaseLord," cast member Jennifer Aspen wrote on Twitter Friday, and then announced, "I'm so sorry to tell you all that #GCB has been cancelled by ABC. #Heartbroken."
"Onstage. Sound check. Bad timing abc. San Fran will get a great show tho!" Kristen Chenoweth, head "GCB" Carlene Cockburn in the series, wrote on Twitter.
Leslie Bibb, the protagonist who plays a divorced mother and former high school "mean girl," tweeted, "To all u #GCB fans & Amanda lovers, thx 4 the
The American Family Association had filed a petition against the show, saying, "With a title like Good Christian B's, you can imagine what kind of show it will be. Even if they change the title, the content will still mock people of faith."
One Million Moms also called for a boycott of "GCB" as "blasphemy at its worst!"

Friday, September 7, 2012

Kristen Chenoweth Fractures Skull

Kristen Chenoweth talks about a stage light falling on her while filming a movie in July 2012.

Friday, April 6, 2012

'Men' creator's rant sparks feud with 'GCB'

GCB seems to like controversy, doesn't!

'GCB' star Marisol Nichols visits Showbiz Tonight, to weigh in on Lee Aronsohn's recent comment that too many TV series today are geared towards women. Aronsohn, the co-creator of 'Two and a Half Men,' said at a conference in Toronto, "We're centering the show on two very damaged men. What makes men damaged? Sorry, it's women. I never got my heart broken by a man." He later told the Hollywood Reporter, "Enough ladies, I get it. You have periods."

Aronsohn's controversial comments have created tremendous backlash, and now Nichols, who stars in one of the biggest female comedy dramas on television, warns Aronsohn that he better not come near the set of 'GCB.' "You will not be welcome," Nichols says, before calling the 'Men' creator's statements degrading. Nichols expresses surprise that a family man would make such a "blanketed statement about women."

Aronsohn said it was all just a joke gone bad, but all publicity is good publicity, right? I made sure to spell his name right.

David James Elliott on "Live with Kelly"

Filmed In Banff, Alberta, CA.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Leslie Bibb - GCB (Good Christian Belles) *Interview (Mar.7/12)

Leslie Bibb on the Live! With Kelly morning show. She talks about her background as a model and the characters on the show.

Annie Potts Talks About GCB! - The View

Annie Potts talks about the controversy surrounding the show.

Kristin Chenoweth On GCB: "It's Funny!"

Kristin talks about her character on GCB being funny in this brief interview.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Promo for March 25 Ep. 4 "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing"

Leslie Bibb in "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing."

The promo for the March 25 episode "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." If they release more I will post them!


GCB's Jennifer Aspen Talks Sharon's Revenge and Wearing the Fat Suit

Jennifer Aspen talks about her character and how it will develop on GCB. She discusses how much her character eats and how she has to wear a fat suit.

Kristin Chenoweth's Hair Extension Fiasco

Kristin Chenoweth talks at length about her hair with Anderson Cooper.

GCB 1x03 - "Love Is Patient" Promo (HD)

Promo for the third episode.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

More from the Stars about the Controversy

The stars talk some more about the show and the controversy swirling around it.

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Kristen Chenoweth Talks about the Show and Controversy

Kristin talks frankly about the show and its characters.

GCB Stars Defend Their Show

Lots of controversy over this show, including attacks by political candidates like Newt Gingrich, everyone needs to decide for themselves.

Kristin Chenoworth Defends 'GCB' Gay Storyline

Kristin Chenoweth has spoken out about the gay storyline in GCB.  The show starring Ms. Chenoweth has attracted controversy over the satirical attack it commits against the American Christian community.

Speaking to ABC News, Chenoworth stated that people need to be less judgmental about people different than themselves, as the Bible states.  'The Bible tells us that we're not supposed to judge, and people shouldn't judge before seeing the show. I'm a Christian, I think that's pretty well known, and I would never do anything that I think crossed the line.' In the show, Chenoworth plays Charlene, a plastic-surgery fanatic who is Christian by day. The show itself revolves around Charlene's crew of Christian housewives, one of whom is married to a gay man and has to keep the secret from the Church community. Defending the story line, Chenoworth further elaborated: 'I'd say go to church and take a look around the room and see if you see any women who might be married to a man who might be gay. I'd say be very careful of judging someone who's in marriage who is gay because they don't want to be told they're going to hell. I think that happens and I think it's horrible.'

GCB, or 'Good Christian Belles', is currently being shown in the US. Kristin Chenoweth will also be seen alongside Bradley Cooper in comedy 'Outrun' later this year.

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Kraft Philly Cream Cheese Yanks Ads From GCB

Philadelphia Cream Cheese won't be spreading the good word during GCB. Kraft issued a statement saying that it has decided that it will no longer advertise its cream cheese during ABC's mid season show, which is based on the book series Good Christian Bitches. "Philadelphia has decided to pull its advertising from GCB ... We have received a few complaints from consumers and their opinions about our advertising are important to us," a company spokesperson told the site. "We have recently decided to redirect our advertising to other programs." After its decision itself became a controversy, Kraft later released the following statement: “As part of a larger multishow media buy on ABC-TV, there were some spots included in the rotation for the new GCB series,” Kraft says. “It's customary to advertise on premiere episodes due to their large viewership, like Philadelphia Cream Cheese did this week. “The brand has decided to redirect advertising to other programs with an established audience,” the statement continues. “Although we received a few consumer complaints, this decision was not linked in any way to the content of this particular show.” So, at first it was because of complaints, and then later it was a normal course of business. I'm glad they cleared that up! GCB stars Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Potts, Jennifer Aspen and Miriam Shor as Southern Christian women in living a wealthy enclave in Dallas. Some feel that the show portrays a derogatory depiction of Christians. Earlier, New York City Councilman Peter Vallone also called for a boycott of the show because "the title of the show alone is yet another outrageous attack on the Christian faith. Charlie Sheen will be back on Two and a Half Men before we see a similar title targeting another religion." GCB airs on Sundays at 10/9c on ABC.

Leslie Bibb on Craig Ferguson 9/11

The usual risque Leslie Bibb interview on Craig Ferguson, in which she talks about the "orgy movie."

Leslie Bibb sign for fans at Iron Man 2 Premiere

Leslie Bibb sign for fans at Iron Man 2 Premiere in Hollywood.

Leslie Bibb Young Hollywood

Leslie Bibb in a fun interview in which she talks a bit about GCB.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kristin Chenoweth - Drama Desk Opener

Kristin Chenoweth hosts the Drama Desk Awards. Here is her opening monologue/performance in 2007. For those who know her style, she won't let you down. I love the ending, which really emphasizes how, um, petite she is.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kristin Chenoweth hosting Live with Regis and Kelly

This is on the long side, but worth it to see Kristin cruising on all cylinders as she sings, jokes and is her adorable self.

Kristin Chenoweth When I was 17

Profile of Kristin.

Kristin Chenoweth Auditions For Star Trek

Kristin Chenoweth shows her interpretation of the classic Spock role.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

GCB 1x02 - "Hell Hath No Fury" Promo (HD)

Promo for episode 2 airing on March 11 2012, "Hell Hath No Fury."

ET Look at GCB

ET looks at the "edgy" GCB and how it explores hypocrisy.

GCB - Get to know those Good Christian Belles

The cast comments about their characters.


Jennifer Aspen talks about wearing a fat suit and being able to eat whatever she wants.

ET - GCB: Anatomy of a Cast

Each of the cast members is introduced and says a few words.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Kristin Chenoweth on the Late Show with David Letterman 02-23-12

Kristin rocking some shades on Letterman.

Kristin Chenoweth Talks 'GCB' and Upcoming Tour

A few clips to go with the interview. She also talks about the title and how it changed, to her pleasure. :)

GCB Pilot Sneak Peek!

A two-minute look at the first episode airing March 4!

Another, slightly different, two-minute promo.

Brad Beyer and Jennifer Aspen discuss "GCB"

Brad Beyer and Jennifer Aspen

The two stars talk about the show and all the adventures in store for viewers.


Chatting With...Actor Mark Deklin From "GCB"

A telephone interview with Mark Deklin.

6.16.2010 - David James Elliott on Live With Regis and Kelly

David James Elliott of "Scoundrel" and "JAG" talks with Regis and Kelly.

GCB Photo Shoot! Kristin Chenowith, Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts!

The three leads discuss the show and its characters.

Marisol Nichols Interview, Writers of the Future Volume 25 Awards celebration

The lovely Marisol Nichols talks at a writers' awards show.

Jennifer Aspen talks about GCB

Jennifer talks about her character and the show.

Leslie Bibb on Craig Ferguson August 2011

Leslie talks about her latest movie with Craig Ferguson.

Kristin Chenoweth Interview on Craig Ferguson (Dec.1/11)

The cute Kristin Chenoweth on Craig Ferguson's late show, in which she talks about her latest blind date.

GCB Promos


This blog will follow the new ABC Television series "GCB."  It airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central time on ABC.

  "Love Thy Neighbor"

"Centers on Amanda Vaughn, a recently divorced mother of two who, to get a fresh start, moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud."

GCB stands for "Good Christian Belles."

The show stars Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn, Jennifer Aspen as  Sharon Peacham, Marisol Nichols as Heather Cruz, Miriam Shor as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, David James Elliot as Ripp Cockburn, Mark Deklin as Blake Reilly. and Brad Beyer as Brad Peacham.