Good Christian Belles was the former name of the new ABC dramatic comedy that was dubbed 'GCB,' for some unknown reason. The original title, Good Christian Bitches, was maligned from the get-go, and was immediately changed to avoid further controversy.
The novel Good Christian Bitches, by author Kim Gatlin, doesn't really have anything to do with a true Christian, nor does it have anything to do with good, and book reviews have been mostly unflattering, if not downright caustic. One Amazon reviewer had this to say,
"Dallas sure sounds like hell on earth. Full of liars, back-stabbers, thieves, and nut cases, and those are just the women. Not a single likable person in the bunch, not even Amanda's children."
And yet another reviewer voiced her opinion,
"I lost interest in the machinations of the shallow protagonists of this strange story early on, but kept reading thinking there would be a turning point and at least one redeeming character, or value, would be introduced. It never happened. The value system of every single character is based on money, "marriage-ability" and expensive clothing labels. This book made me, as the reader, feel sullied for having read it"
Sex And The City creator Darren Star chose this novel despite the bad reviews, and has every opportunity to make these characters have some redeeming qualities. The show's comedy writers are also able to make these Dallas socialites into real people, not just caricatures, and because they will have the help of Steel Magnolia writer Robert Harling, there is no doubt that they can pull it off.
The storyline revolves around Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), who was the popular mean girl in high school. Her philandering husband was responsible for the lost fortunes of many folks after orchestrating a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme. All his sins became known when he ended up dying in a car crash while he was with another woman.
The Feds are investigating Amanda for her role in his wrong-doing, and she has been forced to file bankruptcy, and return home to her mother, and Dallas, in shame.
Former high school "friends" have not forgotten the torture that she put them through as a mean girl, and Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth), Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen), Heather Cruz (Marisol Nichols) and Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor) jump at the chance to remind her of her sins against them.
The first of ten original episodes air Sunday, March 4, 10/9c on ABC.