“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.
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.
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?