GCB


GCB Information

GCB (formerly titled Good Christian Bitches and then Good Christian Belles) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Robert Harling, produced by Darren Star, and starring Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols and Annie Potts. Based on the "semi-autobiographical" novel Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin, the series centers on a recently widowed woman who moves her family back to the upscale Dallas, Texas, neighborhood where she grew up.

The series debuted on ABC as a mid-season replacement for Pan Am in the 2011"12 television season, on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central. On May 11, 2012 both series were cancelled by ABC. In its series finale, GCB drew 5.6 million viewers.

Overview

The series follows Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), former high-school "Queen Bitch," a recently widowed mother of two, who returns to her hometown of Highland Park, Texas, an enclave of Dallas. Formerly rich, Amanda lost everything when her husband was exposed as stealing billions of dollars from investors and died in a car crash with his mistress. She meets the former schoolmates she used to mock: Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth), the new "Queen Bitch"; Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen), who was beautiful in high school and is now heavy and insecure and does the bulk of Carlene's bidding; glamorous business mogul Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor), whose husband, Blake (Mark Deklin), is gay; and Heather Cruz (Marisol Nichols), a powerful Dallas real-estate agent. Amanda and her teenage children move in with her wealthy 60-something mother Gigi Stopper (Annie Potts), who tries to influence Amanda's parenting and style choices, and gives her advice about strategic maneuvering among these women. While Amanda has grown considerably since high school and wants to move on with her life, Carlene and the others still resent Amanda. They don't believe she's changed and are out to drive her away.

Cast

Main characters

  • Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn (née Stopper), the protagonist of the series. A newly single mother and widow from Santa Barbara, California who moves back to her childhood hometown of Dallas, Texas with her two teenage children after her businessman husband, Bill (Greg Vaughan), dies in a car accident with his mistress after stealing billions of dollars from investors. Amanda stole Bill from Cricket but Cricket ended up thanking her for stealing Bill by saying she would've lost everything had Amanda not stolen Bill from her. She is a recovering alcoholic but is forced to drink tequila when she and the girls are lost in the desert. At the end of the series' final episode Pastor Tudor kisses her, and she kisses back.
  • Kristin Chenoweth as Carlene Cockburn (née Lourd), the main antagonist of the series. She is a former "javelina" (literally a skunk pig, used here as derisive name for girls outside the popular "foxes" clique) who was a frequent target of Amanda's bullying and teasing throughout high school due to her short height and ugly appearance, but after several plastic surgery procedures, she is now attractive and the new leader of the GCBs. While she claims to be a good Christian, she holds a personal grudge against Amanda and is judgmental of her, refusing to accept Amanda's apology of past mistreatment and abuse, or that Amanda is a better person now. Crafty and manipulative, she works behind the scenes to ruin Amanda's life in order to try to drive her out of town, or possibly worse. She is also a plastic surgery addict and, as Amanda reveals in church, the owner of Boobylicious, a local Hooters-like bar. In the original novel, her name was Darlene Cockburn. Discovering how Ripp lost money to Amanda's husband, she's convinced Amanda believes Bill to be alive and wants to find out the truth. Talking with Amanda convinces Carlene that Bill is really dead and thinks going after Amanda might have her face retribution from God. Carlene also blackmailed Amanda, using public disgrace against Gigi, after she went on a date with Carlene's younger brother, Luke. After Gigi sorted out the blackmail, Amanda got back together with Luke to the disgust of Carlene. She starts a "Purity Club" but is criticized by Pastor Tudor for going too far making sex look evil. When she and Amanda discover Amanda's daughter, Lauren, kissing Carlene's son, Landry, the two put their differences aside to talk to the kids, Carlene confessing to Lauren how she was constantly sleeping around in high school and regrets it. In the season finale, Carlene is rocked to discover that Ripp has a 22-year old daughter he never told her about.
  • Jennifer Aspen as Sharon Peacham (née Johnson), former beauty queen, now centered on cooking meals for her husband, Zack, and children. She has gained weight and reluctantly allows herself to be pushed around by Carlene. Although a former Fox in high school, she competed in a beauty pegeant against Amanda where she was sabotaged. Her husband, Zack, also has a huge crush with Amanda, which threatens Sharon. When she confronts him about kissing Amanda, he talks of how Amanda was a reminder of his glory days but insists he still loves Sharon. However, she responds that she had "glory days" too and thinks she can get even more. She sets up her own Bible-inspired weight-loss company ("Losin' It With Jesus"), which causes her to consider herself a successful businesswoman, much to Cricket's irritation. In the finale, Zack sells her company to a Caruth subsidiary without Sharon's knowledge; also Sharon is furious, Cricket is impressed, since her underlings have instructions to acquire only the best.
  • Marisol Nichols as Heather Cruz, single and the most successful realtor in their town, and another friend of Carlene. She used to be an outsider back in high school and was poor (her mother worked in the school cafeteria), but Gigi took her under her wing and helped her become the successful woman she is now. She is the only one of the GCBs who accepts Amanda's apologies and befriends her, eventually defying Carlene openly by refusing to stay away from Amanda, much to Carlene's chagrin. She is also the resident "gossip girl" of the clique.
  • Miriam Shor as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, a strong-willed business woman and another one of Carlene's friends. She is just as crafty and wicked as Carlene, and sometimes competes with her for the spotlight. Cricket also holds a personal grudge against Amanda because she used to be popular, but Amanda stole her boyfriend and spread a rumor that turned her into a javelina. She does her best to try and prevent Amanda from getting a job or feeling welcome in Dallas. As a teenager, her father constantly criticized her and told her that she will never have the capability to run the family business. She knows the truth about her husband Blake's homosexuality, but stays with him because he is the only man in her life who loved her for who she is and not for her money. Cricket is well known as a fitness fanatic, which is a cover for her extramarital sexual affairs. When Blake hires Amanda to design a line of jeans for her company, Cricket publicly praises Amanda's skill as a designer, but secretly sabotages the product (and her own company) because she is jealous of Blake and Amanda's friendship and refuses to forget when Amanda stole Bill away from her. Cricket develops a grudging respect for Amanda as the series goes on.
  • David James Elliott as Ripp Cockburn, Carlene's husband, the only one of the local men who seems hostile and indifferent to Amanda. He indicates that he and Amanda's late husband, Bill, have a past. He lost money to Bill's Ponzi scheme and is convinced Amanda knows where it is hidden so he can locate it. Reading notes Amanda wrote to get her feelings about Bill out, he and Carlene believe that Bill is still alive and hiding with their money.
  • Mark Deklin as Blake Reilly, Cricket's husband who is secretly gay although his wife, Cricket, knows and helps keep his secret. He was in love with his ranch foreman, Booth Becker. Blake and Booth break up over Blake canceling their plans for their anniversary because he wanted to see his daughter at a pep rally. He now has a new ranch foreman named Rusty. Blake, like most of the men in Dallas, is friendly with Amanda, though in his case it is actual friendship and not attraction. Blake is the second-in-command of Cricket's company and personally designs most of their clothing lines. He enjoys being a father, and approaches Cricket about having another child, since their daughter is about to go away to college. He and Cricket first consider surrogate motherhood, but later decide to try the old-fashioned way, with comic results.
  • Brad Beyer as Zack Peacham, Sharon's lecherous, luxury car dealership-owning husband who secretly loves Amanda. He kisses her against her wishes, Carlene spying it and believing Amanda encouraged it. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys but injured his knee and tells Sharon he wanted to reclaim his "glory years" with Amanda but insists he always saw her as the one woman in his life.
  • Annie Potts as Elizabeth "Gigi" Stopper, Amanda's Christian mother and Dallas socialite. She made "Gigi" her nickname because of her dislike of being called "Grandma." Despite Amanda's claims of wanting to live a normal life, Gigi pushes her to be part of Dallas high society. Gigi and Amanda still have issues over Amanda's belief that Gigi can't accept her wanting her own life and how Gigi is embarrassed by her. Gigi always thought Bill was no good for Amanda and enjoys saying "I told you so" about Amanda's mistakes in life. However, as the series progressed, she expressed that she is proud of how strong her daughter is, and starts to support her in many things even including those that involves Amanda's rivalry with Carlene. When Carlene's Uncle Burl and his wife Bitsy (Gigi's high school rival) come to town, Gigi is happy as she and Burl get along well. Burl reveals he has a heart condition and Bitsy, believing Gigi wants her husband, intends to take him on a worldwide cruise, preferring he die with her than be with Gigi. However, Bitsy ends up dying in Gigi's home when she chokes on a pork rib. Immediately after the funeral Burl tries to get together with Gigi, but Gigi claims it would be wrong so soon after his wife had died. Later Gigi and Burl secretly try and get together but due to Carlene thinking it was Amanda with her brother Luke, Neighborhood Watch caught them. At the fundraiser the next day, Gigi tells everyone by kissing Burl in front of everyone.

Recurring characters

  • Tyler Jacob Moore (Donny Boaz in the pilot) as Pastor John Tudor, minister at Hillside Park United Memorial Church.
  • Eric Winter as Luke Lourd, Carlene Cockburn's younger brother whose car is rear-ended by Amanda while he's not wearing pants. He becomes Amanda's love interest which upsets Carlene.
  • Bruce Boxleitner as Burl Lourd, Carlene's uncle and Gigi's love interest.
  • Lauran Irion as Laura Vaughn, Bill and Amanda's daughter. Amanda had feared Laura would be made fun by the same system she had set up but instead Laura was embraced as a "fox." Amanda warned her daughter not to be part of this clique but Laura snapped that no matter what, she would never be like Amanda.Despite of their differences, Laura openly expresses her love to her mother and tells her she is proud of her.
  • Colton Shires as Will Vaughn, Bill and Amanda's son who Carlene said upon first glance was the spitting image of Bill, Amanda's late husband.
  • Alix Elizabeth Gitter as Alexandra Caruth-Reilly, Cricket's daughter and leader of the local "foxes". On her mother's suggestion, she takes Amanda's daughter Laura into the group as a way to keep an eye on her. She had a breast augmentation with her mother's encouragement but it leads to public humiliation when her top breaks open during a pep rally.
  • Mackinlee Waddell as McKinney Peacham, Sharon's daughter.
  • Hartley Sawyer (Ryan Akir in the pilot) as Bozeman Peacham, Sharon's son.
  • Jack DePew (Nick Krause in the pilot) as Landry Cockburn, Carlene's son.

Notable guests

  • Tom Everett Scott as Andrew Remington a former high school nerdy classmate turned software billionaire from Seattle; Heather's former love interest.
  • Donna Mills as Bitsy Lourd, Burl's jealous wife & Gigi's nemesis; dies by choking on barbecue at Gigi's party.
  • Kevin Alejandro as Danny, a local butcher who offers to supply meat for Amanda's cookout on the condition that Marisol Nichols' character Heather goes on a date with him.
  • Grant Bowler as Mason Massey, a "frozen foods magnate and thoroughbred horse breeder." Sparks fly when Massey meets with Cricket (Miriam Shor) to negotiate stud fee for his prize horse.
  • Greg Vaughan as Bill Vaughn, Amanda's late husband, Laura and Will's father.
  • Denton Blane Everett as Booth Becker, Blake's ex-ranch foreman.
  • Sandra Bernhard as Debbie Horowitz, a wannabe Mayan terrorist
  • Sheryl Crow

Episodes

Main article: List of GCB episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10

Development and production

Jennifer Aspen became the first actress cast in the pilot in February 2011. Aspen plays the role of Sharon Peacham. On March 1, 2011, it was announced that Leslie Bibb had landed the role of Amanda Vaughn in the pilot. Annie Potts also joined the show as Amanda's overbearing mother. Potts fielded 3 pilot offers before settling on GCB. Creator Robert Harling went to high school with Potts and based the character of Gigi on Potts' own mother.

On March 4, 2011, Deadline announced that Miriam Shor had joined the cast. On March 10, 2011, it was announced that Marisol Nichols had also joined the ensemble cast. On March 14, 2011, it was announced that Kristin Chenoweth had landed the lead role of Carlene Cockburn, the GCBs' queen bee. On March 16, 2011, David James Elliott was cast in the role of Ripp Cockburn, Carlene's husband.

On May 13, 2011, ABC picked up the pilot for the 2011"2012 television season. Ten episodes were produced for the first season. Season 1 premiered on March 4, 2012.

On December 1, 2011, it was announced that Sheryl Crow and Sandra Bernhard would be guest stars in the series.

Naming

ABC was contacted by a number of Christians and Christian organizations who objected to the original title of the series, Good Christian Bitches, as they believed the name was demeaning toward Christianity, while some advocates for women found it problematic to use the word "bitches" to refer to women. Word of the name change came along with ABC's announcement that it had ordered the series. The series was renamed Good Christian Belles which appeared in several promos before the final renaming to the initialism GCB. Several ABC affiliates in Texas and other states in the Bible Belt had threatened to not air the show if the name wasn't changed. It was known as GCBin Australia.

The American Family Association filed a petition against the show, arguing that "With a title like Good Christian B-tches, you can imagine what kind of show it will be. Even if they change the title, the content will still mock people of faith." Its sister group One Million Moms also called for a boycott of GCB as "blasphemy at its worst!" New York City councilor Peter Vallone, Jr. called for a boycott of GCB claiming the series is "yet another outrageous attack on the Christian faith." Series star Chenoweth, a self-proclaimed evangelical Christian, said "I certainly wouldn't do anything that would make fun of my own faith. This is just chocolate cake, and it's actually a love letter to Dallas." Despite being retitled in the U.S., the series will air under original title Good Christian Bitches in Denmark on Kanal 4, in Sweden on Kanal 5, in Norway on TV Norge and in the Netherlands on NET5. In Brazil and Latin America, it will air under its second working title Good Christian Belles on Canal Sony.

Music

Most of the music heard on the show is available for purchase at the iTunes Store and went on sale every week consecutively, on Sundays (same day episodes aired). Music releases include "This Little Light of Mine" performed by Miriam Shor and Kristin Chenoweth and "Prayer of St. Francis" also by Chenoweth, originally recorded for her Some Lessons Learned album. There are also many unreleased songs, like "Jesus Is Just Alright with Me" by Shor, Chenoweth, Mark Deklin and Cast, Deklin's "It's a Miracle", both from the episode Pride Comes Before a Fall, Sheryl Crow's "The Gospel According to Me" and Shor's rendition of "Amazing Grace", both from episode Forbidden Fruit.

Background

An official album release featuring songs from the soundtrack titled GCB: Music from Season One was planned for a May 8, 2012, release, although after news of cancellation the release was apparently postponed or cancelled as well. Series star Kristin Chenoweth contributed two tracks to the album; Other contributing artists include country duo The JaneDear Girls and singer-actress Emily West. It consists mainly of original country, Christian songs, and only a few songs (Jason McCoy, Rick Trevino and Elizabeth Cook's) that have been previously released. All tracks are available as individual singles on iTunes and Amazon, except "Can't Behave" by Brett Eldredge. None of Jeff Beal's original score from the show is included.

Track listing

Reception

The show received mixed reviews from critics. Metacritic gave it an aggregate score of 56 out of 100 or "mixed or average reviews" based on 21 critics.

The AV Club awarded the pilot episode with a disappointing grade of C-, remarking that the show failed to make an impression. Both critics however noted Chenoweth's performance as a highlight.

The show was nominated and won the "TV You Betta Watch" category at Logo's 2012 NewNowNext Awards.

Eric Winter, who played Luke Lourd, said, "This is an extremely creative and smart show that just needs more of a chance to take off and run."

International broadcasts

The series has been picked up for international broadcasts in these countries:

Country Channel Premiere date Timeslot
Argentina Sony Entertainment Television
Australia Seven Network August 20, 2012 Mondays at 8:30 PM
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fox Life April 2, 2012 Mondays at 10:00 PM
Brazil Sony Entertainment Television May 29, 2012 Tuesdays at 10:00 PM
Bulgaria Fox Life May 24, 2012 Thursdays at 10:05 PM
Canada CTV March 4, 2012 Sundays at 10:00 PM
Colombia Sony Entertainment Television June 13, 2012 Tuesdays at 9:00 PM
Croatia Fox Life April 2, 2012 Mondays at 10:00 PM
Fiji Fiji Television October 7, 2012, 2012 Sundays at 9:15 PM
Denmark Kanal 4 March 22, 2012 Thursdays at 9:00 PM
India Zee Cafe June 2, 2012 Saturdays at 11:00 PM
Israel yes.Drama May 27, 2012 Sundays at 9:15 PM
Italy Fox Life (Italian) September 5, 2012 Wednesday at 09.00 PM
Lithuania TV3 April 23, 2012 Mondays at 10:00 PM
México Sony Entertainment Television
Macedonia Fox Life April 2, 2012 Mondays at 10:00 PM
Netherlands NET5 July 16, 2012 Mondays at 8:30 PM
New Zealand TV 2 May 15, 2012 Tuesday at 09.30 PM
Norway TV Norge April 18, 2012 Wednesday at 09.30 PM
Portugal AXN White March 22, 2012 Sunday at 09:00 PM
Poland Fox Life March 13, 2012 Tuesday at 10:00 PM
Russia Sony Entertainment Television May 5, 2012 Saturdays at 10:00 PM
Serbia Fox Life April 2, 2012 Mondays at 10:00 PM
Slovenia
South Africa M-Net
Southeast Asia







STAR World September 24, 2012 Mondays to Fridays at 8:35 PM (HK/SIN time)
Mondays to Fridays at 7:35 PM (WIB/BKK time)
Sweden Kanal 5 March 27, 2012 Tuesdays at 9:55 PM
Turkey Dizimax Entertainment 2012
Venezuela Sony Entertainment Television



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