• CW To Revive “Good Christian Bitches”

    by  • October 30, 2019 • Advertiser Accountability, Television • 0 Comments

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    In 2011 ABC announced the development of a TV series based on the novel, Good Christian Bitches. GCB is a sort of modern-day Harper Valley PTA, about a recently widowed woman who moves her family back to the wealthy, ostensibly Christian,  Dallas suburb where she grew up, and gets pulled into the same cliquish, gossipy, backbiting, manipulative behavior she thought she left behind her in high school.

    Beyond the patently offensive title, GCB managed to be both misogynistic and anti-Christian at the same time, indulging in the tired trope of the hypocritical Christian who praises God on Sunday and then spends the rest of the week engaging in every vice and sin under the sun; while simultaneously playing-up every stereotype of vain, selfish, self-indulgent “mean girls” who will do anything to destroy any woman they perceive as a threat.

    The PTC came out against the series even before the 2012 debut, and was in contact with the program’s sponsors, calling them out for their support of the series. ABC wisely pulled the plug on it after only 10 episodes.

    But that tarnished history isn’t going to stop the CW from trying to resuscitate it.

    This week, CW announced plans for a GCB reboot – and it seems the reboot will be worse than the original, because it will be explicitly teen-targeted.

    The CW version of GCB will be set “At a prestigious private Christian high school in Dallas, a war stoking the student body’s social divides erupts when the new girl on campus, the atheist daughter of a minister, inadvertently tangles with three good Christian girls who blame her for ruining their lives.”

    PTC is putting advertisers on warning now: We will be publicly calling-out any and all who choose to underwrite this new series.

     

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    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

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