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GCB Ruffles Religious Feathers

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I know many have seen the show GCB and found it to be funny and why wouldn’t you? It is funny. I like the script, I’m in love with the acting and I find its take on Christianity to be quite refreshing. I haven’t seen one religious show yet that has pulled off what this show has. Religious shows in my humble opinion have been on the boring side of things until now. It seems that not everybody shares my sense of humor because GCB seems to be ruffling the feathers of the religious.

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Originally GCB was supposed to be named Good Christian Bitches and that’s where the trouble began. ABC was contacted by many Christian organizations calling the name demeaning towards Christians and women even expressed their outrage stating that the word “bitches” should never be used to refer to women. They demanded the name be changed so they changed it to Good Christian Belles and later shortened it to GCB. New York city councilor Peter Vallone Jr has even gone so far as to announce a boycott on the show GCB claiming the series is “yet another outrageous attack on the Christian faith.” I have seen the show every Sunday and I have religious friends who actually watch it and enjoy it and I strongly disagree. I think the show has made light of a very touchy subject and has done it in a very tasteful way.

I think there is something very wrong with this world we live in. I am a firm believer in laughing at myself. I figure if I laugh at myself first then I’ll beat people to the punch and they won’t have a chance to poke fun at me because I already did it. I think these days everyone is much too stressed and takes things way too seriously. Where are peoples sense of humor? Many comedians have actually made a living at making fun of their religions or themselves and are quite successful at making light of serious topics. Why is GCB any different? I don’t see why people are so outraged. I come from a very religious family that does have a sense of humor but when it comes to their religion they take it very seriously. Maybe they constantly feel attacked and this may be what they consider to be another attack on their faith. I’m not too sure but I say get a sense of humor and appreciate that someone had the guts to put a TV show on the air about Christianity instead of some of the distasteful shows that are airing as we speak filled with teenage pregnancy, nudity and violence among other things. I haven’t personally seen anything like that so far on this show. I say stop taking life so seriously and stop focusing your attention on a silly TV show and instead focus your energy on the very real problems out there right now. Am I right? Maybe you have a different opinion that you’d like to express below. Please feel free.

Starring:

Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn

Kristin Chenoweth as Carlene Cockburn

Jennifer Aspen as Sharon Peacham

Marisol Nichols as Heather Cruz

Miriam Shor as Cricket Caruth-Reilly

David James Elliott as Ripp Cockburn

Mark Deklin as Blake Reilly

Brad Beyer as Zach Peacham

Annie Potts as Elizabeth Stopper

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Are You There Chelsea? Is A Hot Mess

Are You There, Chelsea?Status: New SeriesGenre: ComedyRate: 8.5/10Original Airing: 11 Januaryt 2012 - presentRegion: USALanguage: EnglishSubtitle: EnglishSeason 1(Ongoing)Synopsis:"Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" is based on the book and comedian/talk show host Chelsea Handler. This show follows the adventures of Chelsea (Laura Prepon), a twenty-something woman who doesn't let anything stand in her way of succeeding in her life. With her friends, who know that it is Chelsea's way or else, Mark (Jo Koy) and Shoniqua (Angel Laketa Moore) are there to add support for their friend. However, Todd (Mark Povinelli) doesn't take Chelsea's attitude and keeps her mannerisms to a minimum.Chelsea Handler, herself, makes a reoccurring appearance as Chelsea's sister, Sloan, a woman who is married and has a new baby. She and Chelsea share a commonality together, that is vodka. "Are You There Vodka? It's me Chelsea" follows the life of a wonderful woman with a story to tell. Created by Chelsea, this show dives into the famous woman's life and takes the viewers on a journey of who she is and how she has lived her life.

Are You There Chelsea? (formerly known as Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea) is a comedy based on Chelsea Handler’s best selling novel Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea which was published in 2008. It began airing on NBC on January 11th, 2012.

I will be the first to admit that when I sat down and watched this show I had very high expectations for this show to succeed. Not because the previews made me laugh or I read the book because I haven’t read the book. In fact at first I had no idea it was even based on a novel at all. It was because it was starring Laura Prepon who played “Hot Donna” on That 70s Show. It seems that even Laura Prepon can’t save this show and actually I am really unimpressed with her acting in this show. I think what made That 70s Show such a huge success was the talented actors as a whole and not just her.

I have watched every episode that has aired and many might be wondering why I would watch every episode if I was so unimpressed by this show and I will tell you that it’s because I like to give every show a shot before I pass judgement. There have been some TV shows that had a rocky start that I grew to love but I don’t think that’s this show unfortunately. Yes I do have a sense of humor and I do like comedies. This has nothing to do with my taste in TV shows. There are many shows I watch that are clever and funny and have made me burst out laughing. I find that Are You There Chelsea? is over the top rude and crude and the style of writing and comedic one liners are not well written at all. The main character is not believable as a waitress and the supporting actors are hit and miss. One of the many mistakes people make when casting actors for a TV show is sticking a good, well known actor on a show and thinking that the actor will make the show a success no matter what. Seinfeld didn’t become famous because of Jerry Seinfeld. In fact if he was the only actor it would be boring. Seinfeld made it big because of the acting team as a whole. Each character was hilarious and blended well with the other.

The one saving grace for Are You There Chelsea? is Chelsea Handler, who wrote the best sellng novel, who plays Chelsea’s born again sister Sloane and Chelsea’s roommate Dee Dee who is played by Lauren Lapkus. Both are funny and their acting styles are very refreshing in an otherwise lackluster show that, in my humble opinion, is a hot, hot mess!!

If you would like to check out Are You There Chelsea? it airs on NBC on Wednesdays at 8:30.

Your opinion may be different than mine so whether you agree or disagree please feel free to comment below.

Cast:

Laura Prepon as Chelsea Newman
Jake McDorman as Rick
Lauren Lapkus as Dee Dee
Lenny Clarke as Melvin
Ali Wong as Olivia
Mark Povinelli as Todd
Natasha Leggero as Nikki More

The Big Bang Theory=Big Laughs

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I can’t quite figure out why but The Big Bang Theory cracks me up every week. I think what makes this show work is not the writing although the writing is amazing. I always wondered who writes Sheldon’s lines. Is it someone super smart who knows every big word in the human language or is it someone who reads dictionaries all day long to write Sheldon’s dialogue. If anybody has a picture of the writer or knows a little something about him I’d be interested to hear it. Anyways, back to what makes The Big Bang Theory hilarious. I think it’s that every character fits so well together on this show. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. If one piece is missing it ruins the entire puzzle.

Sheldon, whom I believe to be the star of the show, is brilliant. I wonder how many nights he practices his lines over and over again to memorize them. His script is the most difficult script I’ve ever heard in my life! I can barely pronounce one word in his script let alone the slew of complicated scientific facts he spews every episode. He’s also funny with all of his rules, OCD tendencies and over thinking every situation in his life. I will admit I do like Penny although I think she appeals to the male audience more. Her character is the dumb blonde. She never quite grasps any of the conversations the socially awkward “geeks” are having and her knowledge of Star Trek and comic books  is quite lacking which everyone always finds appalling. Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh are the two characters that make me laugh the hardest. Howard is goofy, has no idea how to deal with women and his loud wardrobe alone makes me crack up before he even speaks. Rajesh has the funny tourist character who can’t speak to women unless he’s drinking alcohol but has more luck with the ladies than his overly confident friend Howard. Leonard is funny in his own way and he’s the only one in the group who ends up dating Penny. The new character Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon’s friend but others believe to be his girlfriend, fits in perfectly! She’s Sheldon except a woman. One episode I would love to see them do is a makeover episode for Amy. I think that would pull in plenty of viewers. From drab nerd to fashionable beauty. I also think it’s about time they  finally give Sheldon a girlfriend. I’d definitely watch that.

A little bit about The Big Bang Theory:

The Big Bang Theory is created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. It has won the best comedy series TCA award and Jim Parsons won the award for individual achievement in comedy. The show has also won People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy and Parsons also won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In a Comedy Series. He was also awarded a Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series-Comedy or Musical. Something you may not know is originally the writers went a completely different direction with the characters in the original pilot. Only Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons were in the cast and the female lead, Katie,  was played by Amanda Walsh and was envisioned as tough but vulnerable on the inside. They refused to pick up the series but gave them a chance to revise it because, as hard as it is to believe, it sucked. They rewrote the entire thing and cast Kaley and Simon and Kunal and were finally approved to air what would later be known as one of the funniest shows on TV.

Cast:

Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon’s roommate and friend and in earlier episodes he was dating Penny.

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, Leonard’s brainiac roommate with OCD tendencies.

Kaley Cuoco as Penny, Leanord and Sheldon’s good-looking but intellectually challenged next door neighbor.

Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz, the overly confident friend with a loud wardrobe.

Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali, the shy friend who can’t talk to women without drinking alcohol.

Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon’s friend.

Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Rostenkowski, Penny’s co-worker and Howard’s girlfriend.

Being Erica

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Being Erica is a TV show that is wonderfully well written with an extremely funny and talented cast.

Filmed in Canada, Being Erica starts off with the main character Erica Strange, who is thirty something and bumbling through life with failed attempts at romance and her career. She is approached by Dr. Tom, a psychiatrist, who promises her the ultimate opportunity, to go back in time and fix her mistakes.

Filled with quirky, amazing characters, Being Erica is one of those little known shows that deserves plenty of credit. Each show is filled with moral dilemmas that each and every viewer can take and apply to their own lives. I find myself tuning in to Being Erica every week with excitement and that is why I give this show 5/5.

It was confirmed that season four of Being Erica was its last and final season. For me the final episode of season 4 still left me with questions and I really wish they would have continued on into season 5 because there was a lot more they could have done with the show.

Cast:

Erin Karpluk as Erica Strange.
Adam Fergus as Adam Fitzpatrick, Erica’s fellow time travelling partner.
Joanna Douglas as Samantha Strange-MacIntosh, Erica’s sister.
Michael Riley as Dr. Tom, the mysterious therapist who helps treat Erica.
Reagan Pasternak as Julianne Giacomelli, Erica’s partner at 50/50 press.
Vinessa Antoine as Judith, Erica’s best friend.
Morgan Kelly as Brent Kennedy, Erica and Juliannes competition.