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?

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12 Comments
  1. Danielle H says:

    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.

  2. fernando says:

    Can’t wait to see this show, I have high hopes for it.

  3. Justin says:

    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.

  4. Guy says:

    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.

  5. Mikey M says:

    Desperate Housewives has really worn out it’s welcome.
    I am sure this new show will be better.

  6. topsyturvy says:

    One of them has the awesome Annie Potts and the other doesn’t.

  7. Brent says:

    What a terrible show title.

  8. Shane says:

    GCB stands for Good Christian Bitches.

  9. Barbie says:

    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 :'(

  10. Terri says:

    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.

  11. Leslie says:

    Who is actress playoing Bitsy?? from Knots landing??