At the same time Washington was ablaze with outrage at the idea that Rush Limbaugh insulted a woman as a "slut," ABC premiered a new Sunday night show called "GCB" -- shortened from "Good Christian Bitches." Limbaugh apologized. ABC displays no such contrition. They insulted only those (SET ITAL) Christians (END ITAL). In the midst of this trashy debut, ABC promoted a new sitcom coming in April titled "Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23."
ABC advertised the debut of "GCB" with a photo of actress Kristin Chenoweth in a choir robe cut way above the knee, as if such a thing exists. "Love One Another," it read, dripping in sarcasm. That's Hollywood's definition of a "good Christian."
Chenoweth plays Carlene Cockburn, the wealthy "queen bitch," who routinely quotes Bible verses with venom on the show. When her realtor friend won't help her ruin the lead character, Amanda, Carlene threatens her business: "Read Job 1:21, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." She launches wicked plots while the auto shop puts a "John 3:16" decal on her car. She tells her fellow plotters, "God hates failure."
Time TV critic James Poniewozik protested, "I have a hard time believing that anyone will see themselves insulted by GCB: Its target is not Christians but phonies." Not so. There are certainly Christian hypocrites that can make for great grist in entertainment. But this show offers the viewing public no authentic Christians at all.
We can't say this is surprising. Nor are we surprised by the shamelessly dishonest spin of ABC. Channing Dungey, a senior vice president of drama development for the Disney-owned network, said she always knew this show was a "home run" from the beginning. The title was provocative, yes, but "treating religion and Christianity with respect is very important to everyone involved."
Laugh track, please. What's next? "Good Jewish Money-Grubbers" is "treating Judaism with respect" as well?
Then there are the stars.
Chenoweth told the home team at ABCNews.com that "The Bible tells us that we're not supposed to judge, and people shouldn't judge before seeing the show ... I'm a Christian; I think that's pretty well known, and I would never do anything that I think crossed the line."
The entire show crosses the line. It (SET ITAL) tries (END ITAL) to cross the line. It begins with a California man driving frantically for the Mexican border with his mistress and a mountain of stolen cash. But the mistress decides to perform a sex act on him while he drives, leading to a fatal car crash. That's what spurs the lead character, Amanda -- now a widow -- to return to Dallas to live with her wealthy mother, played by Annie Potts.