It is another sad week for avid TV viewers.
American networks are already scheduled to reveal their Fall line-up, and in line with this is the announcements of renewal, green-lighting new pilots and the dreaded cancellation of shows, clearing the schedule to give way for favorites and new attempts to lure viewers.
And this year’s upfront has personally appalled me with the recent cancellation of my favorite dramedy from ABC, the hilarious and ultra witty GCB, the title explicitly abbreviated to avoid negative reactions from viewers. It was originally titled, Good Christian Bitches.
The show debuted as a mid-season replacement last March and it follows the journey and (mis)adventures of Amanda, a former high school Queen Bee in Dallas, widowed of a husband exposed to have stolen billions of dollars. She went home to her mother, a Texas socialite, to start anew with her two children.
But her homecoming met some hostilities, especially from the successful women of her neighborhood who she once tormented and bullied in high school. It‘s a story of how a bully has become the subject of torment and ridicule from the former bullied. The story now revolves on Amanda, as she tries to survive the schemes of the three women who find her so-called ‘change of heart’ as superficial.
The story has evolved into an unlikely alliance between Amanda and her three nemeses to survive the heavy demands of family and motherhood, in the backdrop of a conservative Christian congregation in Dallas.
Aside from the comedy, I especially love the fashion women in the show have been sporting. Trendy dresses, 6-inch heels, sparkly jeweleries, and big hair — all typical of Dallas women portrayed on TV. Of course, it has been supposed that the characters are church-addict socialites, who shop clothes in trendy stores like Marcus Neiman and are/were, married to oil tycoons.
Though the show lags behind identical show Desperate Housewives in wit and concept, it has shone as a comedy on its own.
Swamped with unbelievable scenarios and stupid lines, the show, most notably on its latter episodes, had elicited some hard good laughs from me. Who could resist a show about rich people trying to convince you that there are still nice rich people out there? And how hilarious it is to see the supposedly reformed Queen Bee has returned into her bitchy ways…where? At church, no less.
It is a comedy anchored around the idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies of religion. And as a Christian myself, I never felt violated nor offended. It a good laugh at the end of each episode.
ABC cancelled the show after only 10 episodes out of low ratings. The show premiered at around 8 million viewers and has plummeted to 5.5 million on its last episode. What the networked had hoped as Desperate Housewives replacement, having targeted its core-demographics, is the latest casualty of the axe.
The show is funny. But it lacked the satirical teeth to pull-off the premise. A show of this kind could effectively deliver if it is more grounded to reality. The plot could even become funnier. But the show got great success in creating characters that are relatable and you can personally root for. The viewing experience allows you to be one with the characters journey in life, and the search for acceptance and forgiveness.
Having said that, I believe the show could still grow and has the potential to build its viewership, provided with the right schedule. Even with its set of weaknesses, the show was able to the dynamics needed to play around for more engaging arcs.
One had said, at its heart, GCB is about facing the consequences of your actions, past and present, as well as exploring the hypocrisies that live within us all. It’s also about big hair, over-the-top wardrobe, and scandalous behavior, both real and perceived. This is a soap after all.
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