ABC has canceled the soapy primetime drama “GCB,” starring Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb and Annie Potts, after just one season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “GCB” was among the four freshman shows ABC opted to cancel. The others were “Pan Am,” “The River” and “Missing.”
Based on Kim Gatlin’s novel “Good Christian Bitches” and titled “Good Christian Belle” before settling on the title “GCB,” the show debuted to modest returns in March and failed to make the anticipated splash required to become the network’s replacement for “Desperate Housewives,” according to the trade publication. The series, which rankled many Christians, hit a series low in mid-April despite a recent uptick.
“(It’s) about five women in the South who grew up in church and how they deal with each other and their demons and humanity,” Chenoweth described the show last fall prior to her induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
The Broken Arrow native took to Twitter to express her disappointment over the news:
“Our entire ensemble of actors on GCB are saddened. ” she posted @KChenoweth.
Fans have launched an online petition at www.savegcb.com in the hopes of convincing ABC to bring the series back next season. But those efforts may be for naught. Chenoweth’s “GCB” co-star Mark Deklin already has taken a supporting role in the 3-D CGI motion-capture movie remake of “Tarzan,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Even without “GCB” on her schedule, Chenoweth will likely stay plenty busy as usual. The Emmy- and Tony-winning singer/actress is in the midst of her first concert tour, which includes a June 24 hometown show at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. The main 1,500-seat stage at her hometown PAC will be renamed in her honor. For more information, go to www.thepacba.com.
Here’s what else she has coming up, as of last fall’s interview:
“I will go on tour in the spring, and then … on my next hiatus, I will revive ‘On the Twentieth Century’ on Broadway, which was originated by one of my favorites, Madeline Kahn, and hasn’t been revived since maybe before I was born. I’m excited to get to go back to Broadway; whenever they’ll have me, I’m ready to go. So, I have dates through about 2013 and ’14,” she said, laughing.
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”