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What is "GCB"? You might've seen the ads and billboards for ABC's new dramedy (premieres Sun., Mar. 4, 10 p.m. EST), but we bet if you asked the general public, they'd be hard-pressed to tell you what the show is about.
Originally titled "Good Christian Bitches" -- the same name as the bestselling book the show is based on -- the network changed "Bitches" to "Belles." Then, after getting heat from some Christian groups, the network dropped all the title's words and is now sticking with the short but vague "GCB." A little presumptuous to rely on three little letters to sell your show, don't you think? However, "GCB" is not the first series to suffer from a lack of name recognition.
Here, 10 other TV shows that were killed (or at least very, very wounded) by their horrible names. Of course, we hope that "GCB" doesn't suffer a similar fate, but if it does, they can blame it on the branding.
For the past five seasons, the world has laughed, cried and cringed with the housemates of "Jersey Shore." The MTV reality series turned pop culture phenomenon has made "Snooki" and "The Situation" household names and "GTL" and "DTF" part of the national conversation. But for Danny Merk, the real-life boss for this very special cast of characters, the show been one thing -- great for business.
Merk, co-owner of the Shore Store, where the "Jersey Shore" crew works during their time in Seaside Heights, N.J., has certainly had his share of HR challenges -- with his on-camera "employees" sleeping on the job, drinking on the job and simply running out on the job. The headaches may not seem worth a little face time on TV, but like an increasing number of business owners, Merk (who owns the boardwalk T-shirt shop with his brother Paul) has found that prominent placement in a reality show can be surreal for the bottom line.
How did you get involved with the show?
It just came out of nowhere. Someone was scouting locations for a reality TV show, asked if I'd mind if they took some pictures of the house I had lived in for 10 years and then they asked if they could rent my house out for a month. This was just talk at first. I thought, "Nothing's going to happen." But then suddenly, they wanted me to move, and I moved 10 years of our lives in a matter of one night. And then, coincidentally, they asked to see the boardwalk, and I said, "Let's just cut through my store." And they said, 'I love this place. Let's give them jobs.' I was reluctant about that at first, but then I thought, "What the hell? Give it a try."
So is there any downside to having your business on a reality show? Do you ever wish the TV cameras would go away?
No, it's really helped out my business. Just about everyone who comes in at least buys a T-shirt. There's no downside. Oh, once in a while someone will scream something rude as they go by the store, and sometimes I've had spray paint on the front of my door, but the town is busier. My next door neighbors, which are an arcade and a pizza house, are seeing record revenue. The parking lot is always full. The town's making money. There are fresh coats of paint everywhere, and new fencing has gone up, so I can only say that the "Jersey Shore" has helped the Jersey Shore big time.
And it's helped you, too, as you said. I'm calling you in Florida. Do you spend much time at the store when the show isn't going on?
I literally live in the store from April 15 to Labor Day. After that, during the off season, I'm not there as much. My family is in Florida, and they have 17 Halloween MegaStore locations, two of them permanent. One's in Fort Myers, Fla., so I help them out. But, yeah, the show has been great for my business. People will ask me how much I hate the cast members, and I don't hate them. I don't hate anybody. How I can I hate anyone who has helped my business so much? Without the show, my website would be getting just a couple sales. But since the show, the website has really taken off. We get people around the world coming to the site. I've been very lucky. Nobody thought this would be as huge as it is, and I kind of compare the store to Cheers. Just like people want to get their picture taken at the Cheers bar in Boston, people have to get their picture taken in front of our store, and then they have to go into the store.
So who's your favorite cast member?
I can't say who my favorite is. I do stay in touch with Jenny [Farley], Pauly [DelVecchio] and Vinny [Guadagnino] the most. I like the guys the best because they usually work the hardest. Yeah, I'm biased to who works the hardest and makes me the most money.
And who's the laziest cast member?
Well, I know I just said the guys work the hardest, but by far, Mike [Sorrentino] is the laziest guy in the world. He works so hard at not working hard. He'd rather think of a million excuses not to do stuff. He'll just wander around in circles. It's a real talent. He's by far the worst person to work with. Everyone dreads it when they see the schedule and he's on it.
And is it hard to manage your real employees alongside the cast members?
They know how it works, and the employees love it, too. But employees almost have to not know about the show for it to work. We hire smart, college-driven people who just want a summer job, so they don't really pay attention to the cast, and a lot of them haven't even watched the show.
Have you heard if the show will be on another season?
I don't know. You'll probably know when I know. But I hope so. I hope it goes on forever, and I hope they come back and do the show for years and years, but I don't think Snooki's liver would be able to take it. The show has been good for me. I definitely don't want it to end. The production people, too -- everyone behind the scenes has all been so nice and cool. I was a little apprehensive at first, wondering what kind of Hollywood pricks will I get working over here? But they're all so nice. It's been ridiculous how nice and kind everybody has been.
Name: Danny Merk
Company: Shore Store
Location: Seaside Heights, N.J.
Employees: 6, not including the cast
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There was one aspect of Don Cheadle's new Showtime series "House of Lies" that Wendy Williams was anxious to discuss when he sat down on her couch: the show's many nude scenes. "It's a big deal for me," Cheadle admitted. "It's one thing when you read it in the script and it's another thing when they're going 'Alright, drop it. Let's go.'"
Wendy gave Cheadle some positive feedback. "But you have a firm behind," she assured him. Unembarrassed, Cheadle quipped, "You can bounce several coins off of it."
Cheadle isn't the only member of the "House of Lies" cast who's found the show's sex scenes uncomfortable to shoot. In an interview with HuffPost TV, Kristen Bell joked about the awkwardness of shooting a foot-sucking scene.
"That wasn't uncomfortable at all! Having an actor I just met put my foot in his mouth? No, I did not have a foot double. I'm not really into doubles for stunts or anything else, but it was as awkward as it seems to be. You know, I had just met another actor who, as per the crazy script written, needed to put my foot in his mouth. We talked about it and I washed my foot and he had a mint -- just for shits and giggles -- and we just kind of went for it. We didn't practice it at all, obviously, because: No. 1) Why would you? That's weird. No. 2) We wanted it to be realistically awkward when we did it."
The nude scenes on "House of Lies" fit right in with Showtime's lineup of risque original dramas, which includes "Shameless" and "Californication." The formula appears to be working for the network, as all three shows were renewed for additional seasons in early February.
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While their husbands fight it out on the basketball court, VH1's "Basketball Wives" know how to play dirty off court. No one understands that better than Tami Roman, star of the hit reality show.
"I have been known to pop a bitch or two, but I'm in total control of my anger management issues now," Tami tells me on the set of my HDNet talk show, "Naughty But Nice."
"You've got a lot of great things, lots of great material things, great lifestyle when you are a basketball wife," she says. "The relationship is where it lacks. I was that wife that had her blinders on. ... It wasn't until it just got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore."
Noting her surprise that Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, are reportedly getting back together, Tami says she wouldn’t have taken him back, but admits you can't tell anyone whom to love.
"I felt like I didn’t have choices," Tami says about her ex, Kenny Anderson. "What am I going to do now? Job? You're dependent on him. At the time we got divorced, he had signed a $60 million contract. We had a prenup, so I walked away with nothing. It's been really hard, and I've been vocal about him not paying child support. But I feel like it is a testament to others out there and to my daughters that there are strong women out there. Everything for them I have paid for."
"Naughty But Nice" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on HDNet.