The plot centers on the life of reformed “mean girl” Amanda, who returns to her hometown of Dallas to find herself fodder for malicious gossip from the women in the Christian community.
Variety has a review of the new show:
There’s obviously controversy and a bit of inaccuracy built into the title ABC is abbreviating as “GCB” — but “Just Sort-of OK Christian Bitches” would have looked unwieldy on a billboard. If the name represents a deliberate provocation, a way to enlist the Parents Television Council as an unwitting promotional partner, the actual series is really just another ABC dramedy in the “Desperate Housewives” wannabe tradition, using “everything’s bigger in Texas” Dallas as the backdrop for its soapy (or oily) irreverence. The actual series is well cast but only mildly entertaining, and as cartoonishly constructed, nothing over which to hoot ‘n holler.
There’s no question “GCB” slathers on the Southern stereotypes, from Gigi’s heavily armed rec room to the colorful colloquialisms (Gigi calls Amanda’s younger self “a bitch with teeth”), to a “Longhorn Ball” event rife with “Urban Cowboy” cliches.
With “Housewives” in its final season, ABC is clearly hungry to execute a clean baton pass to a new soap, and these gals (and to a lesser extent, their beaus) aren’t bad company. Moreover, the series was launched to maximize a 10-gallon hat’s worth of Oscar promotion, the last chance to corral such a sizable herd of females before the “American Idol” finale.
Even so, and whatever ABC chooses to call it, “GCB” will need a lot more meat on its bones if these ‘horns are going to hook ‘em.
Sounds like it’s bound to be a loser show…
I for one will be passing on this show. I have no desire to see women (or should I call them bitches?) making a mockery of Christians, Southerners, or gun owners.