ABC Test Pilot Known (For Now, Anyway) As Good Christian Bitches Will Shoot in Dallas

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A couple of weeks back, ABC-TV publicist Erin Felentzer, who handles the network's drama schedule, told us she wasn't sure where Sex and the City creator Darren Star's adaptation of Kim Gatlin's book Good Christian Bitches would shoot. She also said it wasn't getting a full-blown tryout, only a presentation pilot -- a shorter-than-a-full-episode sneak given to shows more on the fence than off it. And a couple of weeks ago, no one knew what the series -- heretofore described as "Desperate Housewives in Dallas," though it's really the Park Cities -- would be called.

Today, at least one of our questions has been answered: Amidst rumors that the show's set up shop here, Felentzer tells Unfair Park this afternoon that "I can confirm it's being shot there." Which is welcome news for the local teevee business after the quick cancellation of Lone Star, the demise of The Good Guys and the earlier-than-expected end to NBC's Chase.

Despite local rumblings that ABC's asked for a longer look-see, Felentzer insists it's still "it's just a presentation -- I'm sure people are just calling it a pilot." And she says that it's "currently" known as Good Christian Bitches. Word is, though, that'll more than likely change. Sooner than later.

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Shae-san Morin
Shae-san Morin

You people are so morally bankrupt its scary. You are so blind to principle. If it is wrong for a person to call a woman a slut in the media it is wrong all the time. You don't get that? America must be doomed if that's true. If its wrong to call a woman a b%tch in one situation it is wrong in all situations. My wife and mother and two daughters are Christian women. When they share their faith with people, they now have to contend with the fact that it is publicly accepted to mock Christianity, women, and especially Christian women. The phrase 'Christian b%tches is now part of the public subconscious. I'm not surprised but it is discouraging to see how quickly America went from the men and women of integrity that won WWII to the vapid, vulgar, shallow generation of adult children you are now. You will take a sledgehammer to the load-bearing wall of Judeo-Christian civilization and proclaim paradise in the ashes.

Steve Jimenez
Steve Jimenez

Seems everybody's judging a book by it's cover. To accurately adjudge where the author is coming from requires an understanding of what's behind a title.

Today
Today

I am not a Christian but with a title like that here in Asia we say We hope America goes to Hell, very sick place and people

Seattlejoe
Seattlejoe

Interesting what Jews get away with. I notice the Jewish run ABC isn't making any pilots called Jewish Bitches. That would be "Anti-Semitic". God knows there is no worse crime than disagreeing with or speaking negatively about anything Jews do.

Steve Jimenez
Steve Jimenez

Who's casting extras? I'm looking for the hookup.

Shisha Hookah
Shisha Hookah

I can tell already I'm going to hate every single one of the characters. Sluts in the City was excruciatingly painful to endure, but this could actually be worse.

Commenter 8457329
Commenter 8457329

I noticed someone created fake myspace profiles to smear both women. The Bible calls this bearing false witness.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Not cool enough, here's a tip: TV, movies, and commercials are full of stereotypes. Every husband is lazy and would rather watch football than help around the house. Every wife is put-upon and desperate for a more fulfilling life. Every Christian is sanctimonious and uptight. All white people are snobs, all blacks are criminals, all Muslims are terrorists. Every kid is precocious. Every corporation is evil, every vegetarian refuses to bathe, every college student stoned.

Getting pissed off because your group is on the bad end of a stereotype on TV is like getting pissed off because it gets hot in the summer. It's what happens. It's not going to make anyone think less of you or your group.

Petey
Petey

Hey, that's good news. Where can I submit some names for consideration for stars of the show?

NTexas
NTexas

They can find plenty of them in Southlake....

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

having read the book AND having been raised in the south, this is spot on. I've known many women through the years that will turn a prayer list at church into a gossip session at their next women's bible study or tea or tupperware party. They act concerned and smile to your face but can't wait to talk about your woes when you leave. This type of woman sleeps with the choir director, brags about her latest shopping trip and judges everyone she feels is 'beneath' her but in a 'bless their heart' sort of way. Not very Christian is it? that's what this book is about - the hypocricy of SOME Christian women - not all.

As far as the other religions mentioned in these comments - the woman who wrote the book can't write about what she can't relate to. She's Christian - hence the name of the book/series.

P1Steven
P1Steven

The discussion alone about the show's title proves it could make it through season 1.

Not Cool Enough
Not Cool Enough

Look--I understand what all of you are saying.Nevermind the point that there are hypocrites in every religion.

I simply feel belittled as both a woman and a Christian. I am not a perfect person; I know that. I would hate for anyone to judge Christianity based on me. But I try to live up to teachings I believe in.

I still object to this title being on television, as if only Christian women are hypocrites.

Christian and women are easy targets. Hollywood is notoriously left-leaning, but I guess their sensitivities only extend to certain groups.

I wouldn't stand by and let someone belittle you or your religion. If the show were _____(fill in the blank with a religion other than Christian) Liars and Cheaters, I would object.

Not Cool Enough
Not Cool Enough

Yes, I guess I'm old, but I just find the title deeply offensive.

Hollywood thinks they are so, so clever making fun of those of us with provincial, silly beliefs in things like Christianity.

Of course, they're never brave enough to use "Muslim" or "Jewish" instead of "Christian".

Today
Today

Hypocrite they will never Name a Show Burqa Bitc@es with they

Reebsbri
Reebsbri

if you read this book you would realize the southern charm and humor in the title. This book was written and published in the Buckle of the Bible belt. There isn't anything more salacious in it than when Lot's daughters got him drunk to sleep with him in order to get pregnant [Genesis 19:30-38]. More likely the producers are looking to find the next 'Dallas' soap opera and this story has the 'Longhorn (read Cattleman's) ball' and tons of other fun bits that will make you want to come on down to Dallas and have a cocktail at Wolfgang Puck's new restaurant in Reunion Tower (that's the dandelion looking thing). Do you remember where you were when JR was shot? you don't want to watch the show just because of the title? "Well bless your heart!"

21st Centuary
21st Centuary

you need to grow really. its a big world now. and its just a show so really nothing to argue about. its not as if its real. and i have loads of girl christian friends and they love this show and dont take it offensive i really just think you want to disagree against the show. i doubt you have even watched it or gave it a chance. so really you need to stop spitting your dummy out!

Thunderman
Thunderman

I don't judge Christianity based on you. I just Christianity based on Science. And by Science's evidence, God .................well, we know he's not some 2000 year old jewish carpenter.. (Remember the Triune ? ) That's for sure..

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

"Christian and women are easy targets.Hollywood is notoriously left-leaning, but I guess their sensitivities only extend to certain groups."

Based on the often desperate and frothing-at-the-mouth attempts of the right to attack Hollywood at all turns, I'd say women and Christians have a third pal in the "easy targets" group.

I can understand not liking the title, but a show's working title is meaningless. Unless...wait, was George Lucas promoting some socialist government funded farming program with "Blue Harvest"?

Steve
Steve

Allow me to translate what Bill is saying..."just lay back and try to enjoy it sweetie, and in the future don't wear such skimpy outfits".

You're absolutely correct in your assesment, if you've been a reader of this blog for you'll know that there's a post attacking Christians every month, but never a post attacking other religions, and commentors like Bill will grasp for anyhting to excuse their bigotry.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Have you read the freaking book? I have. If you do, you might find it is FAR more pro Christian than it is negative. It DOES show the hypocrisy that exist in the Highland Park cirlce of Christian women. Like holding gossip luncheons hidden as prayer meetings.

Christian men and women are the reason that I can not marry the man I have love and lived with for 20 years. The man who I have been faithful to. So don't talk to me about "easy targets".

Stop trying to control what we can watch on TV. If you don't want to watch it.....don't freaking turn it on. And tell your sisters to stay out of my bedroom.

cp
cp

Then why don't you take up your objections with Kim Gatlin? It is her book, which contain her thoughts and observations.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

not cool enough. I get your point. Please consider, I think we Christians come across as notoriously thin skinned. To be worse, we seem to be first in line to cast that proverbial first stone at others. There's a certain amount of glee that happens when the curtain is pulled back on the hypocrisy which sadly pervades so called 'Christian Culture.'

Filming my buddies showing up at ICU, where I was caring for a dying dad, well that's not too entertaining, is it.

We should learn to laugh at ourselves more. I'm sure this show has nothing in common with what your own spiritual lfie looks like.

thetruthhurts
thetruthhurts

you cant blame ABC on the name because it comes from the book. so if their is anyone to blame for that blame the author of the book

Thunderman
Thunderman

Because "Christians" are the majority in this country. That's why they don't use Muslims or jews...

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Christians playing the "victim" is so Palinesque.

Howard
Howard

More than likely, if this goes to series, it will be retitled. I would guess something like "The Parks" or "Parks Ladies".

Ed D.
Ed D.

Fox did buy the rights to make a US version of Little Mosque on the Prairie but while the Canadians (and half of the planet) enjoy the fifth season of this sitcom we're stuck with Traffic Light and Running Wilde.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Did you happen to pay attention to the line that mentioned, "Kim Gatlin's book Good Christian Bitches"?

Or did the need to blame Hollywood just blind you to the rest of the post?

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

I do believe you have misunderstood my post. Never said I wasn't going to watch because of the title. If anything my post was in favor of the show.

Keith Campbell
Keith Campbell

Thunderman, your "science" only proves the existence of God. Jesus is a pert of the Triune of God and He was a carpenter and He did walk the earth 2000 years ago and YOU will bow at His throne and confess Him with your tongue, whether you accept His deity in this earthly life or not. See how science saves you when you are in judgement before a Holy God, named Jesus Christ! 

I am sad for all you blind God haters! I am one of those weird Christian's who does pray for your eyes to be opened, your hearts to be softened and your pride and arrogance to be removed by your personal surrendering and submission to Jesus Christ! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life....

Not Cool Enough
Not Cool Enough

You know what, Jack?You are what you accuse everyone else of being.

When our family member was dying of AIDS, guess who was there holding his hand?Guess who was there taking his sheets soaked with diarrhea to the laundry so he could die on clean sheets?Guess who sat on the only chair--a hardbottomed, straight-backed chair--left in hs possession at the end, watching him suffer and praying (silently) for him to have less suffering?WERE ANY MEMBERS OF HIS GAY COMMUNITY THERE? No. Just some Christian bitch.

So how dare you turn my statement of offense against a tv show title into how "I" or "my sisters" am/are the reason you can't marry the man you love. If you really think it is mostly the Christians voting against gay marriage, you've got another think coming--especially about the Christian women. It is other men, Jack, of every faith and nonfaith who have this thing against homosexuality. Wake up. Women couldn't care less about gays; men, well, not so much.

You will, however, continue to stick up for Muslims (or any other popular, aggrieved group) who would behead you in the street for being gay (nevermind considering gay marriage) while continuing to bash Christians who have the NERVE to speak up and say, hey--I'm trying to be Christ-like and I don't like that title being on tv.

Reebsbri
Reebsbri

I waited 18 weeks to get the book from the Plano Public Library. they had 15 copies. you couldn't find one in stores. It was Hilarious! if you haven't read it you should.

Carter Class of '72
Carter Class of '72

You think Christians come across as thin skinned? Wow. In my opinion Christians are almost the only group that can be made fun of these days because they don't threaten to sue or put out a fatwa over every perceived insult.

Not Cool Enough
Not Cool Enough

I object to the book title, too, but commercials advertising the book title won't be on tv all the time.

And I'm pretty sure that had the book title had Muslim of Jewish in instead of Christian, the network would no way have turned it into a tv show. Those execs are only principled when their necks aren't on the line.

the fixer
the fixer

how dellusional are you. if their was anyone out their they would have been many signs?. their would be prayers answered to. it is just a big fake to give people like you some belief to make use think their  is something after dead. well to be honest their is nothing. just you being bits of dust of under the ground rotting away. your not going to be up in heaven because their is no such thing as heave. you really are just wasting your time with religion their is no proof. the only proof is word by mouth that their was a man that walked this planet spreading faith and good words. so really your calling people who preache good word to people gods. because thats all their was a person on this planet spreading good word and faith. so really stop spreading your horrible lies and threatening people. because at the end of the day your going to have been the one that has got humliated spreading your nasty threats and lies. you horrible little man!

Ali
Ali

Christians don't behead you for being gay - they tie you to fenceposts and drag you behind cars and beat you over the head with hammers. It isn't state sanctioned, but in some places it may as well be, because the Christian dominated law enforcement doesn't care whether you live or die when you love someone the same sex as you.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

The only Christians I remember in the middle of the AIDS epidemic were those trying to covert my friends on their deathbed or protesting their funerals. I am certian though, that you and I hang in different crowds. I thought I read that Christ stuck up for "aggrieved" groups?

Again, if you don't want to see that title on TV, then don't watch. It doesn't take away from your rights to bitch about it. And yes, I am very thankful that Dallas doesn't behead gays. I appreciate that more than your realize as I appreciate you and value your opinion.

Would you let the Texas Eagle Forum know that women could care less about gays?. You might also let gay women know.

As long as you are secure in your belief system, that is really all that matters. We will never, every change each others mind. I do admire you for sticking up for what you believe in. That is very admirable.

Amy
Amy

Or stage daily bombings in the name of God. It's harder to be a believer than not. I'm not surprised at this concept because unfortunately it is not just a concept it is what goes on. Not all female believers live ther lives the way it will betrayed on this tv show but a large majority do. None of us are without sin.

Coleman
Coleman

no you're right, Christians just bitch like little girls as if one can't bump into an enormous church more often than a Starbucks in this country.

Coleman
Coleman

oh boo hoo, poor put-upon Christians.

cp
cp

It is a book. It is about how all the good Christians in this woman's neighborhood all gossip and back-stab. It is not about all the gossips in a Muslim neighborhood, however had the author not based the book in Highland Park, but in say, Hebrew Heights in Far North Dallas instead, then the title might conceivably have been titled Good Jewish Bitches. The book title has nothing at all to do with Hollywood.

How hard is this to understand?

scottindallas
scottindallas

Isn't it more important/safe/relevant to poke fun of the majority than to single out a minority and tease them too much. Hollywood is full of stereotypes that amount to little more than modern day Blackface. Quick, how many Muslim characters can you name in prime time? It's actually improved, from none to a few if we remember that Muslims and Indians aren't the same thing.

I think the book is making fun of an indulgent, selfish culture that regularly proclaims it's love of Jesus, and hence feels no compulsion to sin since they are "saved." Now, that is a bastardization of the faith that Hollywood didn't invent, and actually is seen more from Texas' television contributions--those sick perverted souls on the Christian TV are perfect examples, Bob Tilton! But Ray Wylie Hubbard says it better:

Miss Helen Petty she lost her husband of 42 yearsNow she don't know what to do with herself and she just can't seem to stop the tears.And she can't sleep at night and she is so affraid and so alone There are these bastards who take advantage of these precious desparate souls

Like there is this man on Sunday morning on TV who jumps around and screams and shoutsAnd he says to get me in to Heaven is the only thing that he is aboutBut to get there I've got to believe what he believesWell if thats the case I believe I'll take my chances when it's time for me to leave

(Chorus) Ahh but the real trick is to find a reason to believe in spite of all thisand the big secret is what you're lookin for you're lookin with."

Montemalone
Montemalone

Don't worry, I'm sure the great flying spaghetti monster will smite us all

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