The Petition to Save GCB
You may or may not know of a petition started by a true-blue, dyed in the wool GCB fan from San Diego named Randy Bragdon. He took it upon himself to rally and motivate everyone around him on May 11th, the same day we heard the show was not coming back, and as of today there are over 40,000 signatures!! This man had no tie to any of the cast or crew – he had no motivation for all the hard work he has put into this campaign other than he genuinely LOVED the show and hates to see it not return. He has since recruited Wendy Williams and Perez Hilton to share the petition with their fans/viewers/followers and the interest continues to grow at a staggering rate!
I’ve had many people ask me in the last 5 days if I think it will work. I think anything is possible!! I had REALLY good parents – 4 to be exact (unlike most people who only get 2) and I believed them when they told me I could do anything I set my mind to!! Sometimes I can almost hear them thinking, “OMG, she bought it, what now??” because they’ve seen me take on some pretty unlikely things. I definitely think it’s possible, mainly because, if this petition IS heard, it would be right in step with the entire journey GCB has taken from the beginning and would be yet another miracle. Let me tell you how we got here, for those of you who do not know, and you’ll see how many unheard of blessings and miracles there have been along the way.
In November of 2007 I decided to write a book. I had recently worked through a crisis of faith – the only one I’d ever had in my life. My faith was one of the biggest gifts my family had given me and I had always relied on it for everything. The worst thing that has ever happened to our family was on March 1, 2003 when Lauren, my now 15 year old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Even then, I didn’t feel abandoned by God and asked Him to show us what we were supposed to do with this diagnosis other than just manage her care because I refused to believe that was the only purpose of her being stricken with this horrible disease. Not even my daughter’s health crisis caused me to question God. When I got to the other side of my GCB experience and realized how challenged my faith had been during that time and realized that with all my knowledge and experience with Christian people and a strong faith that even I had given up on God, I knew there were so many others out there, many not as fortunate to have had a similar foundation, who had made or were making the same mistake I had. I had blamed GOD for human error. I had blamed GOD for human shortcomings- these weren’t HIS failings, they were human failings, but I was blaming God because these were “His people”, yet God had nothing to do with it. My blame was misplaced. Who knew how many out there had done the same and not made it to the other side as I had? I felt so strongly that I needed to highlight this subject and try to make it funny, not preachy, so it would appeal to more people. People who had been so hurt and so turned off by Christians they wouldn’t dream of picking up a book considered to be a “Christian book”. In calling a spade a spade, as I am so well-known to friends and family for doing, I knew that to me, the difference between a good Christian woman and a good Christian bitch was intent, and as most people turned off by either organized religion or Christians in general was because they had been somehow hurt by one or both, so the title was non-negotiable for me, although disapproved of by many whose approval I had always very eagerly sought.
I had never written a book- I didn’t know the first thing about it- but somehow one by one, God put the right people in my path and I had a self-published book within a year. No one was more surprised than my own family! I can still here my 3 younger brothers teasing me as usual and saying, “What do you mean, you wrote a book? We weren’t sure you could read!!!”
I had made many media friends over the years. The timing was such that I either heard from (because they had heard about the book) or ran into every media friend I’d ever made when this book was first released. As more and more was reported about the book, the more and more inquiries I began to get from very successful and respectable entertainment types in LA regarding a TV series or movie based on GCB. The more I spoke with and the more I met with, the more confused I became. I called a very old and very dear friend for advice, Rosemary East Hygate, who has worked as a very personal assistant to some very impressive A-list actors over the last 20 years and she was kind enough to once again, put me in touch with the right people that would once again, move the project forward. When I would call Rosi in LA from Dallas, Nashville, South Carolina- wherever I was living over the years- I would always get a mental picture of Rosi sitting cross-legged on a cloud in silk pajamas waiting to share her wisdom. Once again, she came through!!
After Rosi introduced me to the amazing Fred Gaines, my attorney I fondly refer to as “Super Fred” because he can do anything, I found myself with something that many people who have worked hard and been very successful in the entertainment business still can’t manage to obtain- a great agent!! A real agent from one of the best and oldest agencies there is, and I have one why, exactly? Because once again, the right person was put in my path. Laurie worked hard at getting me and GCB in front of the right person to take it to the next level. One of the meetings she arranged for me was with none other than the very talented and very brilliant Darren Star. It was astounding to me to think I’d even gotten to meet with Darren, that he would have even heard of my book, and when he chose to option GCB, it was yet again, another miracle of the right people being involved at the right time.
When Darren arranged the deal for GCB with ABC, once again it was surreal and I couldn’t believe it was happening, but once again, the right person was there for the right reason to move forward. Everything Darren did and everyone he recruited to be part of the team was- now you’re getting it- a miracle and I continued to remain in awe. I couldn’t have been more pleased and proud of what he had done and consider the whole process from beginning to end, nothing short of a miracle.
So when people ask me what I think – do I think it’s possible that Randy’s petition gets the attention of anyone at ABC, I have to say that anything is possible and if it were to be reconsidered and get someone’s attention at ABC, it would really make the whole story come full-circle because it was another one of many very important miracles because this whole process was just one miracle after another and I’m a very firm believer in miracles!!
As long as you believe!!!