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Is ABC’s new soap ‘GCB’ the next ‘Desperate Housewives’?

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‘Desperate Housewives’ may be about to fade off into the sunset, but ABC has another soapy suburban satire on tap: ‘GCB.’

Originally titled ‘Good Christian Bitches’ — the full title proved too controversial for network TV — the soap concerns divorcee Amanda (Leslie Bibb) and pal Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth), whose lives revolve around their Dallas church. Oh, and sex. And gossip.

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Creator Robert Harling — best known for ‘Steel Magnolias’ — understands the comparison with ‘Housewives’ but stresses that ‘GCB’ is its own thing.

‘To be compared to a show that’s one of the biggest hits in the history of television, that’s maintained its crystalline point of view and wit and fun for eight years, yeah, I would love to eventually be compared to that,’ Harling told reporters Tuesday at the TV press tour in Pasadena.

But he added: ‘If you look at the two shows, the fabulous thing about ‘Desperate Housewives’ is it’s sort of universal. Wisteria Lane and its dynamic — it could be happening everywhere. I think the fabulous thing about what these [‘GCB’] actors do is they create a world that’s also very specific. Our world could only take place in Texas and only in Dallas and only in a particular part of Dallas.’

However the shows are compared, Bibb hinted that the soapy antics on ‘GCB’ won’t be in short supply.

On the show, ‘everyone has a really beautiful, delicious moment of being bitchy and then a beautiful, great moment of sort of redemption and then they’re a bitch again and we’re nice again,’ she told reporters.

Do you intend to watch ‘GCB’? Sound off in the comments.

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— Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)


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