GCB does not get enough credit. It was sarcastic, it was hysterical and it was heart-warming. I was honestly shocked to hear it got canceled since so many people I knew watched and enjoyed it. The cast was amazing and included Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth and Annie Potts. The real breakout star in my eyes, though, was Mark Deklin. As Blake Reilly, husband to Cricket Caruth-Reilly and one half of the Caruth-Reilly empire, Mark brought humor and heart to the role.
Blake was secretly gay and married to Cricket for business, social and friendship reasons. Both found the physical aspects of a relationship outside of their marriage and yet they quickly became one of my favorite couples on television. Mark brought so much to the character in the little time he had. Blake’s love for Cricket was genuine and their scenes were a joy to watch. He was also a wonderful friend to Leslie Bibb’s character, Amanda Vaughn. Blake was the glue that held the show together, thanks to Mark’s thoughtful portrayal.