Funny how ABC never mentions the book this series is based on, “Good Christian Bitches,” but the Alphabet Network is hoping this edgy show set in Dallas will be a hit. Sunday’s premiere of “GCB” did well, but dropped some viewers from lead-in “Desperate Housewives.” Now it’s getting a second airing on Thursday (10-11 pm) in place of “Private Practice.”
Here’s the GCB story line from the network:
“Pilot” — Amanda Vaughn, once the ultimate high school “mean girl,” is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Reluctant but desperate, she has no choice but to turn to her mother, Gigi, for help, a quintessential Dallas socialite who wants nothing more than to have Amanda back and to give Amanda’s two teenage kids a good southern upbringing. But Amanda is nothing like the girl she was 20 years ago and is hesitant about re-entering this world of opulence, status and salacious rumor mills. Some of the women of Dallas are none too happy to see her back either: Carlene Cockburn, once the ugly duckling, was tortured by Amanda in high school but has made quite the “assisted” transformation, now enjoying a picture-perfect, lavish life with a gorgeous husband. Yet she still can’t seem to let go of old grudges. Then there’s Cricket Caruth-Reilly, whose boyfriend Amanda stole and later married. Cricket is now a tough-as-nails, successful businesswoman with a perfect marriage – at least so it appears from the outside. Sharon Peacham, the fallen beauty queen whose chance at the Miss Teen Dallas crown was snatched away by a malicious rumor Amanda started, hasn’t really been the same since. Finally, there’s Heather Cruz, a bit of an outsider back in high school who has now become fully inducted into this twisted little social clique of affluent, sugary, God-fearing, steely women whose bark is as bad as their bite. It’s true what they say about payback: It’s a…
“GCB” stars Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn, Kristin Chenoweth as Carlene Cockburn, Annie Potts as Gigi Stopper, Jennifer Aspen as Sharon Peacham, Miriam Shor as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, Marisol Nichols as Heather Cruz, Mark Deklin as Blake Reilly, David James Elliott as Ripp Cockburn and Brad Beyer as Zack Peacham.
Guest starring in “Pilot” are Lauran Irion as Laura Vaughn, Colton Shires as Will Vaughn, Jenni Baird as Mikki and Greg Vaughn as Bill.
RBR-TVBR observation: There has been plenty of negative publicity about GCB from Christian groups urging boycotts and such. Whether it stays on the air, though, is more likely going to depend on its ratings.