The Petition to Save GCB

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!!!

XXOO

34 Comments

  1. Randy Bragdon
    May 17, 2012

    Amazing story Kim! This really just lit another fire for me. We usually only get to see and hear about the end result, and not the path to get there. Lets do this!!! Xo
    Randy

    • Sharon Varnes
      May 17, 2012

      Thank you randy:)
      I’m from Mississippi moved out to San Diego last year and truly laughed my ass off at the show! Made me feel like I was back home lol!!

  2. Lisa
    May 17, 2012

    I love it!!! I have posted in everywhere I can! I truly hope this project continues. You are so right about coming full circle… The very hypocrisy you were led to right about is the same holding this project back. God is bigger than all of it. His plan will prevail. I can only hope you continue to write and pray for His Will. Either way thank you!!!

  3. Mark McLain
    May 17, 2012

    This is a great blog post Randy! Keep up the excellent work. Here to help and support. Victory…..

  4. KelliLeslie
    May 17, 2012

    I’m so proud to be a part of this process as well!!

  5. Rich Anderson
    May 17, 2012

    If ABC doesn’t have a clue, maybe another network or outlet will wise up and pick up the show. There is an (after)life beyond ABC!

  6. Chandra Mitchell
    May 17, 2012

    I LOVE the book and the show!! I really hope ABC openers there eyes to just how many people lived this show!! Bring it back!!

  7. Trey Hatfield
    May 17, 2012

    If the fans of GCB keep believing in the efforts to bring this show back, anything is possible! Keep spreading the word and we can make this happen! Thanks, Kim…and Randy, too!

  8. Ronda wilkinson
    May 17, 2012

    As a Christian and proud southerner from Nashville I find the show funny, smart, quick witted and very true to life of some women I know. I love the book and the show. And of course the amazing Kristin Chenoweth

  9. Amy
    May 18, 2012

    I am in SD. I can help! There has got to be more we can do! This show is worth saving!

  10. Marilyn D
    May 18, 2012

    Awesome, Kim!!! Randy has been instrumental in this journey, and everyone has been working very hard. I have never done anything like this. I love being a part of all things GCB. Kristin Chenoweth is my hero. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPz3PBh5atk

  11. Joyness Sparkles
    May 18, 2012

    I have tweeted, facebooked, Google plused and will write a blog post to go out Sunday morning. :) xoxox

  12. Ian Paterson
    May 19, 2012

    GCB is so refreshing, in large part that it wasn’t afraid to explore the flaws and foibles of a community that is many times so polarizing in it’s television depictions.
    In a remarkably humourous way, GCB presented many issues, including those of status, money, piety, jealousy, revenge, forgiveness, being hobbled by one’s past and many others – all these presented on a backdrop theme of the pride that cometh before a fall and the humility of starting again from scratch after that.
    As someone who appreciates television that can be entertaining and funny as well as thought provoking, I’m disappointed that ABC is considering yanking another good show after not giving it a chance to build an audience.

  13. ken
    May 20, 2012

    after watching the first show i was hooked , even though some people dont like it, this show fits alot of churches that i have been to.
    i believe ABC should bring the show back, for a second season,i think the only reason it is being taken off the air is because the guilty feeling people that have seen this show knows that it is the same thing they do everyday lets keep the show .

    • ken
      May 20, 2012

      P.s. get rid of all those other reality shows on tv – GCB is more reality than the other shows

  14. Crisc
    May 21, 2012

    You did and amazing job! I love the book, I love the show..and love good ol Randy =)

  15. Angie
    May 29, 2012

    Amazing story!!! I was wondering where is this petition located and how can I get to it so I can sign it and pass it around to all of my GCB fans??

  16. Jan
    Jun 25, 2012

    Would love to sign the petition… Is there one on line ??

  17. Michele
    Jun 28, 2012

    I loved the show. I haven’t watched ABC in a long time and I was so happy to have a Sunday night show to watch. Too much reality TV and this was a great escape for me. Thank you and I will definitely read all your books. Thank you so much. I pray they bring it back. ALL the women characters were strong , brave and beautifully feminine. Again thank you :)

  18. Mary Pendleton
    Jul 1, 2012

    PLease keep trying GCB was the funniest show on TV. I will boycott ABC if necessary. My husband and I laughed so much at GCB and could not wait until Sunday night to see the next episode. We will MISS IT SOOO MUCH!!! To satisfy all the “do gooders or holier than thous” put it on a cable station. I think it would do as well as Hot in Cleveland if given the chance. THE LADIES OF GCB ARE FUNNY!! There is nothing dirty or trashy about the show like some shows on TV. The people complaining just have NO SENSE OF HUMOR!! PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!

  19. Julia
    Jul 9, 2012

    Hi! I’m from Ukraine, and i love this TV show very much!!!
    i’m very disappointed about closing this serial=((( ABC, please bring it back!!!!

  20. Christine
    Jul 17, 2012

    Hiya from way down in New Zealand. This show is great and it will be a huge disappointment if it doesn’t come back. I love it and think the characters are amusing and very likeable. Please do whatever you can to get this show back on. You have my support and probably quite a few from down here. GOOD LUCK!

  21. Beth
    Jul 28, 2012

    As of today we are at over 78,000 signatures and climbing!

  22. isella
    Jul 29, 2012

    I loved this show I really have nothing eles to watch when I get home from work on sunday night! I have just been waiting for the sunday that GCB came back! I just home they change their minds and bring the show back! :/

  23. Kirsten
    Aug 21, 2012

    Hi
    I’m from the Netherlands and i also love the show.
    I would like to sign the petition if possible, isn’t their an online petition?

  24. Luca
    Sep 5, 2012

    The first episode just finished airing on the Italian TV. It is absolutly awsome! One of the best shows in a long time!!! It would be a very big mistake if they don’t make a second season… You should make the petition circle worldwide….

  25. Anna
    Sep 12, 2012

    Hi everyone,
    I live in Holland in Europe and i absolutely LOVED de show!!
    i thought it was even better than Desperate Housewives!
    I laughed my head off, those caracters are really really funny.
    I hope the show wil come back again for the second season.

  26. Becky
    Sep 17, 2012

    GCB, needs to come back, they where so funny, and really down to earth, more so than alot of shows, they might be rich but in a good old way, I hope they come back on,

  27. Alex mreza
    Sep 30, 2012

    Please second seasons , I love the show is one of the best , I never miss a show, I been waiting for a second season , what happen , can I find it in HBO , please make a second season

  28. Alejandro murillo
    Sep 30, 2012

    I live in Mexico , I like the show is better the desperate housewife and I watch desperate housewife every season , every Sunday for 9 years , it was like church to me

  29. sandra
    Oct 4, 2012

    A great show – they’ve just started airing it in Europe and I was so disappointed (although not surprised) that they’ve cancelled it. Maybe Abc should sell it to HBO or Showtime. They’re the only ones who seem prepared to go against the grain or in this case a tiny minority of ‘good’ but obviously totally insecure christians! If I’m not wrong Christ was the first to condemn hypocracy and false devotion! Remember the parable of the wealthy man in the temple?? I agree with luca – make the petition worldwide!

  30. Mindy Hutchison
    Nov 18, 2012

    I love this show and I think it’s hilarious. I watched it with my parents on ABC, with one of my friends on Hulu, and then again on Hulu. I’m sad there aren’t more episodes. Even though it’s over the top, it’s nice to have a semi-realistic portrayal of real life and Texas life. Every show doesn’t have to be based in New York or LA to be funny! Whether or not you agree with the religious aspects, it’s good to see the character Amanda (Leslie Bibb) standing up for feminism. There are so many idiotic shows on TV that get re-upped, so why isn’t a show that actually has some irony coming back? I hope ABC changes its tune and brings back GCB!

  31. Shirleyb
    Sep 16, 2013

    Even after a year of GCB being off air, I still think about it and laugh! I am from Texas(close to Dallas) and I enjoyed the characters so much and know people that acted like them! Crazy! I could not believe the show was cancelled. Guess it scared the so called church going women that did not want their secrets and antics told! Sad.

  32. Zordan
    Nov 30, 2013

    Its 11/28/2013 & I just saw the show for the first time. I felt in love with this show. I got to meet with people just like these characters in church. Maybe not rich but, same attitudes. I stop watching TV for a while and now that I discover this show only to find out its old and was canceled for stupid reasons like:” This show made fun at Christians”. Well it is a comedy show. I want it back!!! My friends almost die laughing & he wants it back too.

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