While ABC bowed to pressure from grumpy Southern Christian evangelicals who couldn't see the self-effacing irony and laugh-out-loud humor in the genius freshman series Good Christian Bitches, the network's cancellation appears to fly in the face of its enduring popularity.
The first-season DVD for GCB, which was released today, Tuesday June 12, is flying off the shelves at Amazon, where over the course of a single day, it has jumped from No. 44 among Comedy Series to No. 22. Because it is also categorized as a Drama, its sales are split between the demos: It's No. 39 in the latter slot. So take that, bitches!
Meanwhile, a "Save GCB" petition has generated more than 100,000 signatures. I certainly added my name to it and encourage you do the same: SaveGCB.com. In addition, fans have been encouraged to mail Bibles to ABC President Paul Lee in protest. How fucking clever is that?
GCB starred Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth and Annie Potts—and a bunch of awfully hot dudes. The adapted-for-television dramedy is based on Kim Gatlin’s novel Good
Christian Bitches about catty, Bible-thumping Dallas socialites.
Such viewer-driven protests have worked in the past for shows like Cagney & Lacey, Designing Women, Arrested Development and even Star Trek... where nets pulled the plug either without allowing the series to grow legs or—as in this instance—bowed to pressure from fringe groups that simply didn't like the way characters were portrayed. Power to the people, cool cats!
SaveGCB.com founder Randy Bragdon says, “We hope ABC or other networks like TBS, Lifetime or USA can see there is a loyal and devoted base of fans and viewers want GCB. To date over 103,000 signatures have been acquired: not bad for a show that only aired 10 episodes at 10 p.m. on a Sunday." *