'GCB' Premiere: Stage Set For War Between Amanda And Carlene

"GCB" (Sun., 10 p.m. EST on ABC) started courting controversy from the moment it was announced the book "Good Christian B*****s" was being adapted to the small screen. Through several title iterations, that may or may not have helped the cause, the soapy Texas drama finally made its way to the air with one of the most confusing show titles in existence. But at least ABC saved viewers the trouble of coming up with an acronym for it should it become a hit.

As soapy shows go, "GCB" is very much in the vein of "Desperate Housewives" or "Dallas," only perhaps with an even meaner streak. It's a story of tables turning, as former high school mean girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) moves back to Dallas after the scandalous end of her marriage and life away from her home. Once home, she finds that the girls she ruthlessly taunted back in high school have risen to society leadership positions, much of it centered around the church and Carlene Cockburn (Kristen Chenoweth).

In fact, it's pretty clearly established in the premiere that this will be a series about the battle between Carlene, who refuses to accept the possibility that her former tormentor has changed, and Amanda. For now, Carlene clearly has the upper hand and influence. She manages to keep Amanda from landing a real job by calling in favors with her friends, forcing Amanda to take a job at a bar called Booby-licious.

While HuffPost TV Critic Maureen Ryan thought the show's general premise of a former mean girl trying to rebuild her life surrounded by the very girls she'd tormented was a great breeding ground for comedy and drama, she was disappointed to find little more than "screechy Texas stereotypes" in a "cartoonish, silly soap."

When a photo of Amanda on the job and in uniform begins to make the rounds, she taunts her former rival relentlessly, calling it sinful and un-Christian. But when Amanda finds out that Booby-licious is ultimately owned by Carlene and her husband's corporation, Amanda lets Carlene have it in the sweetest way possible. She thanks her publicly in prayer at church for her job, outing Carlene as the owner of Booby-licious in the process. It's open season!

Find out who makes the next move as "GCB" continues Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

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