March 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm #241212
I have no intention of maintaining this thread, so if anybody wants to take over, go ahead…I just wanted to post about the Pilot.
I thought it was a huge mess. The biggest problem for me was the casting.
The idea behind a show like this is the women, you either love them right away or you don’t. Back when Desperate Housewives premiered (the obvious comparisson everybody will make), they all clicked from their first scenes all the way through this final season, and the performances were so fresh and funny even though we weren’t seeing anything particularly new.
While Bibb, Chenoweth and Potts are good casting ideas, I can’t think of anything more boring than those few minutes with Marison Nicols and Miriam Shor, plus the use of Jennifer Aspen was embarrassing, hopefully she’ll get a bit more to do.
Leslie Bibb seems to be a good lead, but several scenes were just awful, specially her introduction. Kristen Chennoweth will be a big draw for some people, but I couldn’t help but think all along how typecast she is, it’s the same performance over and over again, and of course she sang. I can’t say anything bad about Annie Potts, she was great.
I think the idea behind the show is fun, adult mean girls and stuff, but the writing went to all the easy, dull and repetitive places really quick, and all these cancelled tv sitcom/drama actors did not bring anything special to these roles and nothing really fun happened, except for that final scene.
I thought this was going to be good and that ABC wanted to hold it until mid season for other reasons than the fact that it sucks and they didn’t want to premiere it in september in favor of the other sucker, PanAm.
Grade: C-March 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm #241214
It’s really contrived. There is no reason for the main character to interact with any of the 3 that hate her.March 5, 2012 at 7:32 am #241215
If this was even decent Chenoweth would be a likely Emmy nominee. Unforch, it’s not even close to decent.March 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm #241216
I know the archytypes that this show has as their characters living in Oklahoma, so they didn’t missed the mark sterotype and all. Annie Potts is the best thing about this show and Leslie Bibb is pretty. Other than that, this is not something that is must see TV.March 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm #241217
Personally, I liked this show. I am keeping an open mind since we’ve only seen a pilot so far. I think there are a lot of elements they are building up towards, and I do think there are reasons why Amanda would interact with these women. I really find the male characters very interesting and I feel the show has a lot of room to grow.March 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm #241218
I caught the DL husband about 5 seconds after he hit the screen. The pilot was campy and fun but there’s not much subtance here. Potts was the highlight but that’s not saying much.March 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm #241219
On a personal note, as somebody that was obsessed with “Popular” as a teen, it makes me feel so old that Leslie Bibb is old enough to play mother for two teenagers.
and has anybody else noticed that Kristin Chenoweth is like 10 years older than Leslie Bibb?March 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm #241220
They’re six years apart. And Chennoweth might be tiny, but she looks every bit her age, with all that make up and hair.
But yeah, I was also a Popular fan, and it was strange to me too, but then I realized that Bibb was already 25 when Popular began, as it usually happenes with these shows, so it’s quite logical that she would have these kids, specially if she came from this type of community where getting married and having kids young is a priority.March 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm #241221
how old is Bibb? looks like she’s had…a lot of work doneMarch 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm #241222
I love trashy TV and it’s trashy enough for me. Goodbye Desperate Housewives, hello Good Christian Bitches (shame they couldn’t stick with this title).March 7, 2012 at 6:04 am #241223
I guess I’m in the minority here but I actually enjoyed this. By no means a great show but it was fun enough especially when you went to high school with girls/women very much like the ones portrayed in this show.March 12, 2012 at 3:51 am #241224
That was a huuuuge step up from the Pilot.
Lots of laughs, every girl got her moment, in fact several moments. Marisol Nicols is the weak link here and a very very weak one. The character is not very good. The men also had a good episode, I thought it was good that the wife knows that the husband is gay, it wasn’t looking very good having it be so obvious and she being so blind, which is what we could asume from the Pilot.
The best part to me continues to be Annie Potts. Chennoweth and Shor are also very good.
A lot of the visual gags also worked: the huge bed, the girl coming down from the pole, the chicken wings, Annie Potts in general, the girl’s boobs (in those few seconds I thought the girl would fall, break something and eventually be replaced by Amanda’s daughter and she would be the popular one).
I know I’m in the minority, but is there anything more annoying than Kristen Chennoweth singing? At least on t.v, because I saw her on Promises Promises and it wasn’t this bad. Her voice on Jesus Take the Wheel was awful as are her manerisms when she sings. I love this girl’s acting, she was very funny in this episode, but I can’t stand it when she sings.April 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm #241225
After watching this in a marathon a few wks. back, I am hooked on the show. Jennifer Aspen, Kristin Chenoweth, and Miriam Shor rock it as this holy trinity of stereotypical southern women. Annie Potts is in a class of her own. The only weak links are Leslie Bibb and Marisol Nicols. They aren’t bad, but compared to the other women, they don’t pop.
W/”Desperate Housewives” coming to a close and ABC being in the business of brininging the primetime soap back, I am hoping they stick w/this gem. Definite surprise of the season for me.April 28, 2012 at 7:00 am #241226
I never posted again because I was to lazy to look for the thread after it got lost so many weeks ago…
I love love love the show, it’s such a guilty pleasure, just like Smash. You can’t help laugh and wait until the next episode the following sunday even though you see and understand everything that is wrong about it. I agree that Marisol Nichols is still the weakest link of the show, I wouldn’t mind if she were written off since it would really mean nothing to the show, there really is no need for a fourth GCB, I think “Amanda Amanda Amanda” has enough with the other three and doesn’t need a fourth even though Heather is the one that supports her the most.
The cast is pretty awesome, Chennoweth, Shor and Aspen are hilarious in their own scenes and when they’re together. Annie Potts was the best thing the show had when it began and even though the others evolved perfectly, she’s still on the top here. The writing is excellent when it comes to the four of them.
Yes, Leslie Bibb seems like a weak link, but you can’t help but be one when you have the other three eating you up in every scene, the character just isn’t written to be the standout here. The men have also come a long way, all three are great in their supporting roles, not as great as say, Doug Savant, but again, it’s mostly the writing and not their fault, which sadly can’t be said about Nichols, she just doesn’t fit well enough for me.
I hope the show makes it, ABC could use it to replace Housewives and it does look like that show that needs the summer to look back, regroup and come back strong in the fall. I understand that ABC’s new fall lineup is filled with soaps waiting to hear if they’re picked up or not, so that really puts a huge weight on GCB and it’s chances, but I wish people would give it a chance. I saw the comments section on Deadline.com during that week when it was on the air alone without Desperate Housewives and got decent ratings, and a lot of people were taking back their initial comments saying they love the show now.April 28, 2012 at 11:49 am #241227
If this gains traction at the Emmys, Annie Potts could be a major spoiler in Supporting Actress. It’s the right type of role that this category tends to nominate (with the exception of the occasional win, i.e. Cynthia Nixon, Julie Bown). Not to mention she’s incredibly overdue for an Emmy. She’s been one of the best actresses on television for 30 years now. She has a winning submission with “Pilot,” but even with that I don’t see anything stopping Sofia Vergara as the Modern Family sweep continues.
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