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GCB Series Premiere Review: Desperate in Dallas

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The series premiere of GCB proves there's plenty of room on the television landscape for Dallas. After all, everything is bigger in Texas, especially when it comes idiots, apparently.

The comedy starts when Bill Vaughn had the chance to cross the border with billions and a beauty. But he let oral pleasure drop him into the Pacific instead. That's just one of the many theories GCB uses to establish men as morons, if I'm reading the clues in the new show properly.

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Let's face it, there aren't a lot of men in GCB trying to prove my argument otherwise, but neither are the women doing anything to lend credence to their being the better sex. Ugliness comes out from all sides. The worst part is they pretend it's all done in the name of the Lord. Maybe that's the wrong way to put it. It's not bad that it's done that way, but there will be some people unable to see past the sensationalism of using religion as a statement in providing insight into the characters, and will find the use of Christianity in the series off-putting.

But darn if it isn't entertaining. Leslie Bibb as Amanda - the mean girl turned good who really got the shaft in life - plays her role to the hilt. She's the perfect combination of natural beauty and innocence that makes you believe she actually could have been a bitch once, but has learned the error of her ways.

Amanda's former classmates, Carlene (Kristen Chenoweth ), Sharon (Jennifer Aspen), as Heather (Marisol Nichols) and Cricket (Miriam Shor) portray women with much more than they have ever given themselves credit for. The trauma they suffered under the rule of Amanda in high school did such a number on them that they overcompensated to the extreme. Each woman has her own special weakness and, as a group they make one whole, satisfied being.

They've used the excuse of Amanda's behavior toward them in high school as a reason to become the bitches they are today and hide behind their faith to feel justified in their actions, no matter how terrible they seem to the naked eye. Given the well-placed glimpses into souls of the ladies in question, I think it's fair to assume we will soon find out they have a lot of heart and their outward appearance is the true mockery.

GCB accomplished a lot in their premiere. By the end of the hour, you had a pretty good feel for the female "Bs," their significant others, Amanda's mother and a good portion of the town in which they live. That's no small feat considering the sheer size of the cast and the intricacies of the players involved. Annie Potts as Amanda's mother is an absolute riot and zings out one liners similar to those of Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey.

The writers are of good pedigree and if they can keep up the pace they've set forth in the first episode, there will be nothing they can't accomplish. Is it a worthy successor to Desperate Housewives? Absolutely. While Housewives surprised everyone by drawing itself as a comedy, I don't think there will be any question as to where GCB fits in. The laughs, at least in the premiere, far outweigh the dramatic possibilities. With Sunday's filled to the brim with dramas, I think GCB may be in the perfect position to find a place and call it home.

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GCB is the funniest show on TV. I look forward to Sunday nights just so I can watch GCB. The hour goes TOO FAST!! I am a spiritual person and I find it so funny. If a person can't see the humor in it, I feel sorry for them. You can leave such junk on TV like The Bachelor and the Bachelorette and other shows where people yell at one another and show no respect for each other. GCB make you laugh out loud. PLease, Please reconsider

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Please reconsider cancelling GCB? It is such a funny show, better than most of the others on tv. I will truly miss this show.

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SO WHY DOES IT MOCK SOMEONE'S FAITH ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THE WAY THEY DO DOES THAT MAKE IT OK? SPONSOR KRAFT OBVIOUSLY AGREES TAKING THEIR COMMERCIALS OUT OF THERE. HOPEFULLY, OTHER SPONSOR WILL FOLLOW SUIT. PUT THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM ON CABLE WHERE PEOPLE CAN MOCK TO THEIR HEART'S CONTENT AND PAY TO DO IT. TAKE IT OFF ABC AND PUT SOMETHING UNBIASED IN ITS TIME SLOT.

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I think this article is pathetic. We live in a society that tries its best to assure us that Letterman and Bill Masher are comedians so they must surely be funny. Hardly. And if we have the audacity to be offended by their constant bigotry and hypocrisy then it must be our fault...that we fail to see the humor because we're just not enlightened.
Well I'm a life long church-goer and I think this show is very funny. I don't take it seriously. It's far from reality but I am able to laugh. I think most of this country is sick of the hatred and double-standard that come from the left and Hollywood. GCB is a television show. Maybe liberals would approve if it burned Christians alive and continuously told us we should worship at the alter of Obama...I'm sure they'll write this into the storyline as soon as Obama writes a big government check as part of his cable Tv bailout!

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I think it's great. I'm a "church goer" and the humor is HYSTERICAL!!!! An excuse to see fabulous Kristin Chenoweth sing every week???she's incredible.

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It's interesting that someone called it sacreligous------what, like if you're a real Christian that you never say or think raunchy things.....ya, right! This is why I found this pretty funny, sort of raw, but I all in all I liked it. I suppose that if you think about it some religions don't allow dancing but the girls are always popular for other "things".

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I love the show. I find most comedys on TV trite, but this one show possiblilties.

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The show was fun, if a little unoriginal. However, I began to feel a little offended when it became clear that all the church scenes were going to involve the ladies publicly trashing each other in front of the whole town. Then again, who doesn't love Annie & Kristen? But then again, starting the show with a bj on network tv was a little much. Gosh, I sound like somebody's grandmother!

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It had it's moments
I figured out prior that Mama Gigi was sending the gifts to Amanda.
This show would be better as 30 minutes.. I think the premise gets passe quickly...IMHO got love Miss Annie and Miss Kristen//

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The pilot was great. I did not expect to like this show and resisted. Only the idea of seeing Annie Potts again drew me in. Dont know if it will last though to be honest. JAG ? Really?

GCB Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Carlene: We're gonna follow the advice of Psalms 18:39.
Sharon: Um..my bible's in my other purse.

I don't care how bad things are. I will never go back to Dallas.

Amanda
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