GCB: Season 1 (2012)
Season InfoThe series follows Amanda (Leslie Bibb) who moves back to her hometown of Dallas after her husband dies in a car crash with his mistress and leaves Amanda with two children and little money. A nasty girl in high school, Amanda now hopes she can put the past behind and escape the gossip coming from the former classmates she used to taunt. But that's unlikely since the grown women are now the mean girls. Carlene (Kristen Chenoweth) is the ringleader influencing former beauty queen Sharon (Jennifer … More
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Tonally it's as though they're all in a different show - moving from drama to camp to soap to sitcom.
For a while there, ABC couldn't seem to decide on a title for this show. I nominate the following as a new name: DWT. Don't Watch This.
I'm not suggesting the new comedy bores, but it isn't consistently funny - and it definitely isn't as daring or groundbreaking as advertised.
Terrible gossips with more money than taste, toting nasty secrets, life-long rivalries and big hair: The zings are almost too easy.
GCB offers surprisingly clever dialogue and winning comedic performances.
But the problem for GCB is that it hasn't yet figured out a way to be a soap that spoofs superficiality without being superficial itself.
Behind all the sparkle and fizzle, this broadly played gossip game is little more than a parade of been-there-dished-that characters marching down well-traveled lanes to a too-familiar beat.
It's one that's sharply plotted, fast-paced, with impressive performances. All of which is to say this series could be around for a good long while.
Aside from a few intriguing stabs at an exploration of the broad gulf between perfection and humanity, the show is pretty much exactly the dumbest version of this material you'd imagine.
GCB's plot can be thin, predictable and far-fetched at times, but there's plenty of guilty-pleasure fun and wish fulfillment to be had.
Anything that puts Annie Potts on our TV screen every week is a welcome sight.
A soap opera that doesn't go overboard so much as it falls asleep in the sun.
GCB isn't quite a bitchin' good TV show yet. But it's fun in a familiar sort of big-hair soap opera way.
I respect all the talent that's both on screen and behind it, but I think I'll be opting out of GCB as regular weekly viewing.
What's mostly wrong with this new series is that it doesn't know who in God's name it is.
GCB offers a parade of women that are such stereotypes of wealthy white Southern femininity they might as well be in drag.
ABC's frothy soap is a sprawling drama packed with sex, revenge and Christianity.
A sparklingly stupid new ABC dramedy/soap about the manicured cruelties and high-hair hypocrisies of a certain sort of conservative, Christian woman.
Broader than Dallas at its broadest, ABC's GCB won't be selling smart, stylized urban sophistication when it premieres Sunday night.
The series is well cast but only mildly entertaining, and as cartoonishly constructed, nothing over which to hoot 'n holler.
In short, there are some funny lines and a lot of designer shoes, decolletage and choir practice.
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