‘Good Christian Bitches’ is now just ‘GCB’

By David Knox on May 24, 2011 / Filed Under News 28

It was a title that was too good to last….especially with the power of the Bible Belt and affiliate networks in middle America.

ABC’s Good Christian Bitches was switched to Good Christian Belles when it was greenlit to a series. Ugh.

Now it’s just going to be known as GCB. Ugh again.

The dramedy is based on the book Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin and features Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Potts and David James Elliott.

After $#*! My Dad Says from CBS, should we really be that surprised?

Source: Variety

28 Comments »

  1. As a Woman November 25, 2011 at 11:36 am -

    Shame on Seven for promoting a series with such a disgraceful name. How do I explain the meaning behind such a name to my child when asked? If this series title had ‘muslim’ instead of ‘christian’ there would be an uproar. What makes this ok? Shame on you.

  2. A woman November 23, 2011 at 10:21 am -

    It invites people to judge “all” christian women. Not all christian women gossip in fact “true” Christian women despise it and know how damaging it is and would never enter into it.

    The world is full of gossip “non’ Christians, Christians & across all religions its in magazines & the media its the cruel reality. But it is a personal choice to gossip! Church doesn’t teach it so the person who made the choice to gossip will be accountable to it. It shouldn’t be labelled as broad as “Christian women”

    Thought:: If someone considered a nice persona with “brown” hair gossiped about you would you say “brunettes gossip”? No, because that would be claiming that everyone with brown hair gossips

    I feel this title is just another attack at Christians and could have been labelled without slandering “christian women” in general

    Christians are not perfect and neither are those who judge them

  3. Charlotte November 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm -

    For Paul chao: maybe people who are offended feel the politically correct rules that get people fired or prevent discussion at work or in schools or in media apply to this show and this demographic. In fact apply your reasoning to “those” unmentioned groups and
    See how the PC rules apply! So yes these other groups are Offended!!

  4. Paul Chao August 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm -

    There is a wonderful article concerning this series: huffingtonpost.com/cathleen-falsani/good-christian-bitches_b_912752.html. In order for satire to work, there has to be truth behind it so going by the “offended” people on this post, maybe these same people really need to take a good look at the behaviour of the people in their churches instead of complaining because televisio is simply mimicking real life.

  5. Tiffany G. June 22, 2011 at 8:53 am -

    As a Christian, I am appalled that those words Christian and b-tches would be in the same phrase. Yes, there are some Christians who may not carry themselves as Christ does, but based on what I have researched about this show, it really gives us and the name of Christ a bad name.

  6. Liz May 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm -

    Check out the sneak peek of this – will be a hoot! I’ll watch it regardless of what the title is.

    facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150173271538204&oid=130720047004032&comments

  7. boganpride May 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm -

    What i see here is a lot people complaing about a lot of people complaining. This is an american show. Which was modified to suit Americans. If you don’t like it, go make a show yourself. And mucho i think you’re spot on. Got to laugh at how well shows like seventh heaven etc are going, Maybe people are just sick of all the crassness and want some style over catchy titles.

  8. salf May 25, 2011 at 11:25 am -

    all i ever hear is “might offend some..”, “expected to offend”, “could be offensive”. is anyone ever actually offended by this stuff?

    The Bible belt get their way a lot, there are still 45 states in America without marriage equality, despite equality supposedly being a pillar of American culture. if they are in for a loss even for something as small as a tv show title, i wouldn’t be complaining.

  9. Jr May 25, 2011 at 1:02 am -

    Well i’ll watch anything with Kristin in it no matter what it is called.

  10. Mike May 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm -

    Every woman in that show appears to have expressionless faces. It’s kind of sad to see them all botoxed up to their eyelids. Particularly the main lady.

    That’s more offensive than “Good Christian Bitches.”

  11. Belinda May 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm -

    While I am dismayed at the power of the “bible belt”, and I think GCB is a bad name, I am glad misogynous names are not being used in the title of a program that will be promoted during early prime time, when children are watching television.

  12. Sacs May 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm -

    @Goonies – I suspect the show you refer to already exists. Today Tonight? Border Security? (Await backlash).

  13. Trix May 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm -

    @Stephen, very true, and the reason why ACA and TT, for example, are such dangerous crap.

  14. deedeedragons May 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm -

    GCB sounds like an insurance company.

  15. Stephen May 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm -

    @MuchoTB ‘Moral Decay’ does not exist. Look up ‘Mean World Syndrome’ and learn that you’re just getting old ;)

  16. Armchair Analyst May 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm -

    THe title is or was awesome, it would have defintetly been intreaged and wanting to watch it. Now its just like any other pc country censoring the titles just because some people who live under a rock cant handle it. In my opinion this is exactly why creativity is dieing and dieing fast.

  17. Moanique in Brisbane May 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm -

    @ MuchoTB, I think David mentioning the Bible Belt was in the context of the story, and not anti-religious as you suggest. It amazes me that Churches of various religions get all high and mighty about morals and decency, yet child abuse, both sexual and physical has been rampant in their institutions for years.
    Belief in a god, who may or may not exist, does not give them the right to decide what the rest of us watch.

  18. Rick May 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm -

    Also .. peddling that sort of nonsense does your cause no good. John 13:35.

  19. Rick May 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm -

    @MuchoTB: Anti religion? I’m obviously missing something here. Recognising the power of the Bible Belt to enact change has nothing to do with religion and is an observation of the power of democracy.

    The watering down of the show’s title is a direct result of the influence of a large market segment.

    Cheers!
    RIck

    #SonOfAPreacherMan #PracticingCatholic #RaisedBaptist #PleaseDontTarMeWithYourBrush #SomeOfUsAreSane

  20. DansDans May 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm -

    I cant imagine not wanting to watch a TV show because the word Bitch was removed – seems silly to me. If its a good show, you’ll watch it regardless

    Its the Pulp Fiction syndrome. So many people thought it was this great movie because it was full of swearing, yet if the movie had been released without swearing, no one would have watched it.

  21. ohyeah May 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm -

    @ MuchoTB….oh and one other thing… if young children want to watch a show of this natire….its up to the parents to decide & not you…..once again..this is why we have a classification system to advise.

  22. Goonies May 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm -

    Me thinks some people doth protest too much. Sounds like a perfect title for those types to me.

    I bet there would be no outrage if there was a show was called “Bad Muslim Bastards” (I do not subscribe to this way of thinking in any way, shape or form – I am just astounded at the hypocrisy of the US bible belt)

  23. ohyeah May 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm -

    @ MuchoTB… David is so correct here… I am not sure what intitles u to judge what ppl watch on TV… that is why there are classifications on each program that is produced…
    life has changed alot since u were a little tacker…. u either stay in the past or move forward…. swearing many years ago was not an acceptable way of communication.. but now its more acceptable… but that does not mean we have to use them to get a point across… and because one uses the swear words, it doesnt mean that their education is poor…
    my suggestion to u is this… thank your for your comment here… please dont reply back cos it one argument u wont win…. cos society has changed. keep up with it.

  24. David Knox May 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm -

    MuchoTB: A lot of ideas there, but a TV Title change is worthy of News here. I’m not sure of the classification of the show, but I suspect it wouldn’t be directed at 8 year olds. If producers are happy to dramatise the book, it is disappointing a network sees fit to begin to compromise on its vision (still, TV production has always been about compromise). TV already airs plenty of shows that offend, but people are welcome to switch them off. As for generalisations about my own beliefs, I’ll simply say your statement is untrue. I’ve also filed a number of articles on the excellent Compass series (this Sunday’s episode is expecially good), amongst others. As a title, Good Christian Bitches worked on a Desperate Housewives level for me. But I’m less excited to watch GCB.

  25. MuchoTB May 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm -

    I know you’re an extremely secular person David and this isn’t your first anti-religion article, but I reckon you’re off your rocker on this one. Would we really want a program with ‘bitch’ in the title airing in primetime? There’s enough immorality and moral decay happening in the world around us as it is, the last thing we need is an eight year old kid starting to call all the girls in his class ‘bitches’ because he saw it was ok to call them that on TV.

    To me the people you chat to who feel the urge to swear in every sentence are showing more of a low IQ and lack of articulation than anything else. As for making that the title of a primetime television series, get real. When I was younger there were wholesome, family-oriented programs airing in primetime, these days you can turn on an episode of Criminal Minds on Channel 7 at 8:30, and there’s someone’s lips getting cut off by a serial killer. Just not necessary. Neither is crassness for the sake of being crass, thats why Ben Elton was axed.

  26. Shelley May 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm -

    Great cast….

  27. Rod May 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm -

    Makes you wonder why they would bother greenlighting a show that they think could alienate half the nation on its title alone…

  28. Elle May 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm -

    Ick! The title was one of the things that drew my curiosity to this series. Now it sounds like it’s being watered down ten-fold. Just thing of a completely new title that isn’t quite so offensive but keeps some edge.

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