GCB Cast on Housewives Comparisons: 'We're Both Stories about a Group of Women,' That's It!

The cast and creator of ABC’s midseason dramedy GCB took the stage at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Tuesday, and immediately used the opportunity to dispel any misconceptions that this new primetime sudser (which premieres Sunday, March 4 at 10/9c) is the second coming of that other female-centric soap, Desperate Housewives.

“If we have the run that Desperate Housewives had, the angels have sung!” GCB‘s leading lady Leslie Bibb said, excitedly. “That would be amazing! But really where [the two shows are] similar is that we’re both stories about a group of women. So, if you’re expecting Desperate Housewives, I don’t know if we’re very much like that.”

Showrunner Robert Harling echoed Bibbs sentiments, stating, “To be compared to a show that’s one of the biggest hits in television, that’s maintained its point of view… yeah, I would love to eventually be compared to that. But right now, if you just look at the two shows, the fabulous thing about Desperate Housewives is that it’s universal and the dynamic could be happening everywhere. And the fabulous thing about what these [GCB] actors do is create a world that is very specific.

“Our world can only take place in Texas, and only in Dallas, and only in a specific part of Dallas,” he added.

To Harling’s credit, Bibb claimed to have never seen “a show like this on television. Robert’s done something really special here.”

While GCB is attempting to veer away from the Housewives comparisons, there is one show cast member Annie Potts isn’t afraid to emulate. “If you like Designing Women, you’re gonna love this,” the former Designing Woman said.

Are you secretly (or not-so-secretly) hoping GCB fills the void left behind by Wisteria Lane?

Comments (12)

  • LOL say what they may, ABC is putting this on to grab up the viewers that the departure of DH will leave looking for something. I will be checking this out though, even though I haven’t watched DH since like season 2.
    Does anyone else totally see Charlotte from PP being the best lead they could have had for this show. I get her and Leslie Bibb confused all the time. Perhaps when they cancel PP, she can move on over like Vanessa Williams did from Ugly Betty to DH lol.

    Comment by Danielle H – January 10, 2012 05:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Leslie Bibb is prettier.

      Comment by Dude – January 10, 2012 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait to see this show, I have high hopes for it.

    Comment by fernando – January 10, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This guy is a total fool for saying this can ONLY take place in Texas and ONLY take place in Dallas and ONLY in a specific whatever. Dude needs to get out more. That said, still looking forward to this.

    Comment by Justin – January 10, 2012 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It seems to me ABC has all the good new shows of 2011-12. Once, Revenge Apt 23, Scandal and GCB. I don’t think this is going to be anything like the Housewives. I think this show is going to do well. Can’t wait.

    Comment by Guy – January 10, 2012 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Desperate Housewives has really worn out it’s welcome.
    I am sure this new show will be better.

    Comment by Mikey M – January 10, 2012 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of them has the awesome Annie Potts and the other doesn’t.

    Comment by topsyturvy – January 11, 2012 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a terrible show title.

    Comment by Brent – January 11, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GCB stands for Good Christian Bitches.

    Comment by Shane – January 11, 2012 09:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing will ever fill the hole left by Desperate Housewives. Some people have stopped watched it and loving it, and, I have to say, I have, for a while, but I as caught up with all the episodes in a marathon, my love for it just grew more and more. I’m not ready to day good bye :’(

    Comment by Barbie – January 16, 2012 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another horrible program. Why don’t they provide quality entertainment instead of a bunch of women that look so ridiculous sleeping around, conniving against other women and all that crap.

    Comment by Terri – February 7, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who is actress playoing Bitsy?? from Knots landing??

    Comment by Leslie – March 25, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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