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“Hell hath no fury like the women you scorned in high school.”
“GCB” premiered Sunday night on ABC.
Bad Christian babes are back!
After mom Amanda Vaughn loses her Ponzi-scheming husband in a sexual rendezvous-induced car accident, the former “mean girl” moves with her two children from California to her “God-often-speaks-to-me-through-Gucci” mother’s house in Dallas.
Amanda Vaughn, played by Leslie Bibb, gives a warning — disguised as a prayer — in church.
In a town full of hair-sprayed holy rollers, Texas-sized cattiness ensues.
“GCB” is one part Church Lady, one part Desperate Dallas Housewives.
Carlene Cockburn, played by Kristin Chenoweth, is Vaughn’s high school nemesis and the show’s faith-filled antagonist, delivering witty one-liners (“We all hope you’re here for good and not for evil”) and Dallas diva-ness in a series that alludes to the excesses of Christian culture and depicts how religion is used, at least in some circles, to justify immoral behavior.
Kristin Chenoweth as Carlene Cockburn.
But where is the Christian love?
A review in the L.A.Times said the show “falls prey to easy, tired stereotypes of rich Southern women” adding that “ ‘GCB’ does certainly aim to satirize a certain brand of self-defining, self-satisfied Christian. Which … is a promising idea executed in such an anti-red state way that the emergence of the tea party suddenly makes perfect sense.”
Stereotypes aside, anyone who has spent some time in a religious community knows how human they can be — church lady gossip and all.
Did you watch “GCB”? Did it play into unfair stereotypes of Christianity — or Texas? Or, beyond the glitzy exterior, did you think the show demonstrated some deeper truths about human nature?