ABC Cancels Controversial 'GCB' Series
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 Bitches 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 tvline.com.
The "Missing," "The River" and "Pan Am" series have also been canceled.
The series, which was changed from the original title "Good Christian Bitches" 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 Bitches, 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!"