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Numerous readers shared their opinions about “GCB,” the new ABC-TV show starring Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: March 24, 2012
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The new ABC television show “GCB” has stirred conversation in the Oklahoma City metro area, both for its take on Christian women and one of the stars, Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth.

“GCB” is based on Kim Gaitlin's book “Good Christian Bitches,” however, ABC has said the show's name stands for “Good Christian Belles.” Chenoweth, portrays the character Carlene Cockburn, nemesis of character Amanda Vaughn, portrayed by actress Leslie Bibb. The show focuses on Amanda as she returns to her hometown of Dallas.

An email had complained that “GCB” does not present Christian women in a positive light. On March 17, The Oklahoman readers were asked two questions: Do you think “GCB” presents Christian women and the church in a negative way? Do you think the show will be a success with viewers? Numerous readers responded to the query, so much so that all responses could not be printed due to space limitations. However, other responses are available on NewsOK at blog.NewsOK.com/religionandvalues.

Here are some of the responses, including the reader's name, city and where noted, his or her faith or denominational affiliation:

Shirley Kensell, Oklahoma City, United Methodist: I do not like the character that Kristin Chenoweth plays nor the message the show presents to its viewers about church women. In all my years in church and Christian women's groups, I have never come in contact with anyone with the life-style portrayed by this TV show.

Toni Gable, Midwest City, Christian: Question was “do I think ‘GCB' presents Christian women and the church in a negative way?” Answer: Of course! However, it is a COMEDY, not a documentary! In looking at the 9 p.m. time slot on NBC, ABC, CBS, there are EIGHT crime dramas, a few news magazine shows, and not much else. I was happy to see ANY alternative to these shows in that time slot. Being a Chenoweth fan, I have actually been watching the show, and I think it's funny! I don't look to TV to teach me family values. ... My advice to someone offended by “GCB:” protest by NOT watching. Second bit of advice: lighten up a bit. I'm much more offended by the war footage and unending presidential campaign coverage.

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