“G.C.B.” is a the new comedy from ABC that pits high school mean girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) against the girls she was mean to, led by the pint-sized sugar-won’t-melt-in-her-mouth Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth).
When Amanda returns to her Dallas home, she discovers that her one-time torture victims are not quick to welcome her home with open arms, despite praying for her at church. The GCB does stand for good Christian belles, after all.
Star Chenoweth has never been shy about her Christian faith and so Zap2it asked her about the vocal criticisms from Christians who have seen the TV promos and think that the show is making fun of Christianity.
“I wouldn’t do it if it did,” says Chenoweth. “I think that [the critics] need to watch the show They’re making a judgment and they shouldn’t. They should watch it and see that we don’t make fun. There’s a difference between ‘making fun’ and ‘having fun with.’ We’re having fun with a world that I know very, very well. But it’s still very respectful, and it’s more about women and their relationships with each other than it is about religion.”
Chenoweth also says that the religion and faith play a big part in Carlene’s internal struggle with her insecurity and wanting to exact revenge on Amanda for bullying her in high school.
“My character was very much the ugly duckling growing up and Amanda tortured her. And over the 10 episodes, we see just how bad Amanda was,” says Chenoweth. “It doesn’t make it right, though. Revenge is never good. Two wrongs don’t make a right. And I think Carlene really battles that within herself. She has worked very hard to change the way she looks, but inside she’s still that insecure girl when Amanda comes home. And I know a lot of people can relate to that. And her having faith makes it even more complicated, because she knows how she’s supposed to behave. She’s supposed to forgive. But she gets in her own way.”
In addition to the quips and sniping, one thing the viewers can look forward to is Chenoweth, a veteran of Broadway, flexing the golden pipes on the show. But she tells us other cast members will sing as well.
“I think that Carlene probably gives herself the solos a lot,” Chenoweth laughs. “We will see her sing. Church lends itself very well to music, so it never comes out of left field. I think what comes out of left field is what comes out of Carlene’s mouth sometimes.”
“But you’ll see Carlene sing, as well as some of the other cast, which I don’t think sets well with Carlene,” Chenoweth continues. “Miriam Shor [Cricket on the show] did ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ off-Broadway and she can sing, but I don’t think Carlene likes that very much. I think she probably scares Carlene a little. She’s pretty harsh. But never fear, Carlene will always come out on top.”
“GCB” premieres Sunday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. For more information about the show, check ABC’s official page.