Hey TV.com, Should I Watch GCB?

We've seen the pilot of GCB, the soapy new ABC drama that premieres this weekend. But is it worth your time? We've jotted down some answers to the questions you might have about the show to help you decide whether to tune in or not.


When is it on?


GCB premieres this Sunday, March 4, at 10pm on ABC.



Who's in it?


The best lines go to Kristin Chenoweth (April Rhodes from Glee, and the originator of the role of Glinda in Wicked) and Annie Potts (channeling a vibe straight out of Designing Women) but there's a strong cast of supporting ladies and the protagonist is played by the very lovely and likable Leslie Bibb.



Who's behind it?


Show creator Robert Harling is known for Steel Magnolias, and GCB is definitely a thematic antecedent of that. It's produced by Darren Starr, who created Melrose Place and a little show called Sex and the City. The vibe is soapy, the vibe is southern, but there are practiced hands at the reins.



What's it about?


In high school, Amanda Vaughn was bitchy, manipulative, and cruel. She grew up, left home, had kids, and then lost everything when she was widowed and publicly disgraced after her husband drove off the Malibu coast during a tryst. When the show begins, Amanda is moving back home to her mother's palatial Dallas estate, where she's at the mercy of her overbearing, flamboyant mom (Potts), plus the girls she made life miserable for in high school (lead by Chenoweth) are in the perfect position to return the favor.



Why should I watch it?


The show is very fun. It's got its tongue firmly in its cheek, and the snappy dialogue is great in tandem with the warmth and likability of Annie Potts. Kristin Chenoweth reminds me of nothing so much as a singing Amy Sedaris, and this role gives her a lot to play with. If you have firsthand experience with high-class Texan ladies or gossiping church cliques, you'll find a world not normally televised painted in candy bright colors, with the promise of soapy drama reminiscent of Desperate Housewives.



Who will like GCB?


The comfortably irreverent, and those who know (or think they know) about Texas will enjoy the winking, but never too naughty, tone of the show. Its soapiness and firmly female cast should endear it to the same kind of audiences drawn to Sex and the City or Desperate Housewives.



Are there any drawbacks I should know about?


The show has taken a lot of flack for its original title of Good Christian B-tches; Christian groups were worried, with some justification, that the show was out to lampoon them. However, the pilot doesn't target Christianity; instead it skewers characters who use church more as a social function or obliviously overlook its greatest tenets (like "judge not, lest ye be judged") to justify their own ends. It's not about making fun of Christians, it's about making fun of hypocrites.



Okay, okay, but should I watch it, really?


In a word, yes. The show is still finding its feet stylistically, and the cast still developing its tone. But watching the pilot gave me a sense of getting in on the ground floor of a very fun series with plenty of potential. It's definitely worth a try, and that goes triple of you like Potts or Chenoweth or large floral prints because WOW. The clothes are insane.



What should I have on hand at my premiere party?


To me, Texas means chips and salsa, but Potts does mention sweet tea and churros at one point and darned if I can't get them out of my mind now. Watch it with a bunch of close girlfriends and you'll feel very superior to the insecure frenemies on the show.



Check back after Sunday's premiere for a full review!

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Right off the bat a guy getting serviced in the car while driving. Tv gets worse and worse each season. I agree with whatever120. Christians are always made to look like fools in tv and movies.
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WIt's not about making fun of Christians, it's about making fun of hypocrites."



Sadly, my experience has been there's a fair amount of overlap there.
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This looks like the last thing on earth I would be interested in. When does Season 2 of Homeland start?
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I could care less one way or another, but if the show _only_ shows Christians as hypocrites, then it's lampooning all Christians by implying that all Christians are hypocrites.
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Sounds like a bomb to me, based on title alone, but that said it will appeal to a certain audience for the exact same reason, probably like Desperate Housewives or SATC. In other words, sounds like a desperate appeal to housewives (homemakers) and those unfortunate enough to be forced to watch it with them.
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gad'damn leslie bibb looks smoking in the cover picture
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NOPE saw the previews for it and remembered why there is nothing to watch on TV nowadays
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I'll watch only for Annie Potts.
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I'll try it if not to fill the DH void that's gonna be present soon, and it looks pretty funny
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I want to watch it but I still don't know if I will.
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I don't think it'll hurt if you try it out anyway. I'm going to, and I'm a guy. It's not a show I'll take seriously like I do with others, but a good light and funny drama like this seems interesting enough.
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Hey, the guy from JAG! And he looks exactly the same.

Was he hibernating or something??
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LOL! Well Catherine Bell still looks hot on Army Wives.
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PASS!
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Thanks for the info Lily. I wanted to check it out for Kristin C. alone, but this helped make my final decision.
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the show looks pretty lame so i'll will probably pass.
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Oh, more "lady TV". Not for dudes, then.
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not for dudes B S I can't wait until Sunday
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I'll watch it for Kristin Chenoweth and Leslie Bibb.. if I stick around after a few episodes will have to be decided later on
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There's nothing about this that appeals to me... except Kristin Chenowith. And that's enough. At least once.
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Thankfully it's on Sunday night, so it's not like it has any competition for my attention...

Oh, hang on a sec... Sunday Night.... Erm, I'll be giving this a miss, considering there is already about a dozen shows that I'll be watching that night.



What a shame, really seemed like my cup of tea too (well, Leslie Bibb is anyway).
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Despite the decent cast, I have absolutely no intention of watching this. So uh, I guess my opinion is: no, you shouldn't watch it.
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More importantly, Kristin Chenoweth was in Pushing Daisies...
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Pushing Daisies... awesome awesome show! well said!
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Pushing Daisies was awful to put it nicely.
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Well to put it nicely, you sir, are clueless with apparently zero taste in TV. Keep enjoying your Jersey Shore...
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And The West Wing.
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I think it will be a fun show to watch. I'm pretty sure I'll watch more than just the pilot.
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Nope. This reminds me of some of my relatives.
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"It's not about making fun of Christians, it's about making fun of hypocrites."



I love that you said that. As a christian I've seen the hypocrisy that exists in the church and it bothers me that there are Christians out there that just want to boycott something because it gives them a "bad name". If the show can cleverly satirize that fact, while showing the moments where Christ and true good and compassion is seen, then that's a show I would watch and I hope more Christians look to this and learn from it too.

Personally, I'm going to tune in (at least for the pilot) because I love Kristin Chenoweth and Annie Potts. :)



-didn't they change the name to Good Christian Belles? I kind of like that better than Good Christian B*****, it adds a texas flair to it.

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I'll give it a shot for Chenoweth, but the show is not really appealing to me.
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ill try it but i assume i wont be checking back in on the 2nd
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the promos for this show make it seem tacky and shallow. I know the show isn't mocking Christians but the title "GCB" , in my opinion, makes the show seem like it's trying too hard to be "controversial". I'll pass.
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...no.
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