First Look: GCB
New show GCB pushes the envelope.
There’s a new show on the boob tube, and it’s called GCB. Inspired by the novel Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin, GCB is a dramatic/comedy that is set in Dallas and pokes fun at hypocrisy.
After the scandalous death of her husband Bill, Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) leaves California and returns to her hometown with her teenagers. She moves in with her mother, who still resides in the affluent Dallas neighborhood, Hillside Park. Amanda quickly realizes that although she changed a lot since high school, many of the other residents that she went to school with haven’t changed at all.
Amanda’s mother, Gigi (Annie Potts) is well-off, eccentric and probably a little bored. So she is more than happy to have her daughter and grandchildren, Laura (Lauran Irion) and Will (Colton Shires) live with her in her mansion. She is also more comfortable being called Gigi than grandma. And she shows her generosity early, by offering to pick up the tab for as long as Amanda wants to stay.
The adult mean girls are led by Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth). Carlene lives across the street from Gigi’s home. She spends a good deal of time spying on people with her gold or jewel-plated binoculars and rallying the other mean girls. When she isn’t spying and spreading gossip, she perpetually quotes the bible and sings in the church choir. Sometimes she does all of those things at the same time.
Cricket (Miriam Shor) has major issues with Amanda, not only because Amanda spread the rumour of her having herpes, but also because she used to date Amanda’s deceased husband in high school before Amanda ran off with him. She also drops bible verses, but not with the same frequently as Carlene.
Sharon (Jennifer Aspen) was voted “most beautiful” in high school and was the front-runner to be Miss Teen Dallas until Amanda spoiled her chance. She is now a huge emotional eater and her husband, Zach (Brad Beyer) is still harboring the high school crush he had on Amanda. This makes Sharon even more insecure.
Heather (Marisol Nichols) was the lunch lady’s daughter in high school. She was also a massive gossip and needed to know everybody’s business. Her need to be in the know has made her a very successful realtor, mastering the art of turning grief into a 6% commission. Although she admits to only being friends with Amanda in high school for self-preservation, Heather can see Amanda has changed and may be her best chance at a friend in that town.
While Amanda tries to settle in and start a new life with her family, the mean girls conspire to make her return to Hillside Park as uncomfortable as they can, while still being good Christians.
The show has a terrific cast and so far it is quite funny. Undoubtedly, there will be those who will be offended by it. However, they probably would have found it a lot more offensive if the title wasn’t turned into an acronym. I can’t wait to see where they go with GCB. The upcoming showdowns between Amanda and Carlene ought to be entertaining.http://pokupo.com/2012/03/15/first-look-gcb/TVGCB,Good Christian Bitches,Kristin Chenoweth