(I use a particular word a lot in the post. Consider yourself warned.) I am watching the pilot of this show. I wanted to speak from knowledge, not speculation. A little over 30-minutes in I’m almost convinced it represents everything wrong with TV. Find a group to vilify, then use them to cover up lame humor and poor character development. Let controversy drive the ratings until you can fix what’s wrong with the show. ABC did change the name from Good Christian Bitches to Good Christian Belles and then to GCB. But there is still plenty of controversy.
What is the one group in America TV execs think they can mock on with impunity? Christians. I’ll bet quite a few good Christians end up watching this on a regular basis, if it doesn’t get canceled soon.
Pick another demographic… Good Black Bitches, Good Jewish Bitches, Good Muslim Bitches? Good Scientologist Bitches? Would that ever be allowed by any network? Nope, it’s Christians. What other group could be portrayed like this without immediate, public backlash of sponsors? No, Christians will organize boycotts and petition drives that do little harm and keep the public interested in knowing more about the show. And many Christians will watch it, because we don’t live life differently than non Christians. (That’s another post.)
I have been in church all my life and never met anyone like the Christians depicted in this show. Nor have I ever been to a church that would put up with the antics displayed in the services. I know that some Christians have done stupid things, and acted wrong. I know that the writers are trying to create an extreme character set for humor and to set up long term antagonists, with plenty of room for growth, but really?
The show would be easier to stomach if there was at least one decent Christian character. I don’t know if the writers ever met any decent Christian people. But they have yet to introduce them into the show. Could they not have the pastor have a backbone and put a stop to the mess in the service? An older church member who could show kindness to the protagonist?
The problem with this whole mess is that the controversy, that we religious types will unwittingly perpetuate with good intentioned boycotts, will actually end up keeping the show on the air longer than it would be if it just had to stand on it’s writing and acting. There is a chance that enough negative backlash could come that ABC would pull the show, but that’s unlikely. But, eventually the controversy will die down, and the show will stand on it’s own merits. As it is right now, it won’t stand long.
Update:Heard tonight, and double checked. As of now, GCB is cancelled for next season.