THE PLOT THUS FAR
Amanda Vaughn is a recently widowed mother of two who, to get a fresh start, moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“GCB” failed because it was so damn boring. While I enjoy Kristen Chenoweth in anything that she does, the lady can’t carry a show. There needed to be a stronger supporting cast and something that rose above a catty Southern bitch version of “Desperate Housewives”. The supporting cast never bothered to really form their identities, while everything felt by the numbers. Can we not have a show that actually shows people like this for what they are? Hell, take a Gervais/Merchant approach and make the human more painfully barbed.
The ten episodes that made up the show’s only season aren’t really enough to develop anything. JAG and Chenoweth are the focus couple, while the girl from Popular does nothing more than tease the audience. Fourth Audrey shows up as set dressing that talks, everyone else just kind of happens. I wish there was something else I could say, but I want the vague descriptions to tell you how devoid of personality this show was. That last sentence ended weird, so I hate the show even more.
The DVD comes with bloopers, featurettes, commentaries, deleted and extended scenes. When the show aired, it didn’t look half bad on ABC HD. The standard definition transfer on this DVD release is heavily compressed with digital noise throughout the ten episodes. The Dolby 5.1 track is strong enough without overpowering the dialogue. In the end, I’d only recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!