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ABC’s GCB Now a Political Talking Point

GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES - The soap returns to Dallas in this wicked new drama that shows that you can go home again... but only if you're ready to face the sins of your past. "Good Christian Belles" stars Leslie Bibb ("Iron Man") as Amanda Vaughn, Kristin Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies") as Carlene Cockburn, Annie Potts ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "Joan of Arcadia") as Gigi Stopper, Jennifer Aspen ("Rodney") as Sharon Peacham, Miriam Shor ("Swingtown" "Damages") as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, Marisol Nichols ("24") as Heather Cruz, Brad Beyer ("Jericho") as Zack Peacham, Mark Deklin ("Lone Star") as Blake Reilly and David James Elliott ("JAG") as Ripp Cockburn. Based on Kim Gatlin's hit book, Good Christian Bitches, "Good Christian Belles" is executive-produced by Darren Star ("Sex and the City"), Robert Harling ("Steel Magnolias") and Aaron Kaplan. The pilot is written by Robert Harling and executive-produced and directed by Alan Poul. "Good Christian Belles" is produced by ABC Studios.  (ABC/BILL MATLOCK)

Earlier this week, ABC's Southern soap GCB, full of Texas beauty queens and crucifixes, premiered to really quite respectable ratings. But long-shot Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is betting that Mississippi voters aren't among the show's early fans. At a rally yesterday, he pinpointed GCB as an example of how the "elite media" and the "entertainment industry" are anti-Christian and pro-Islam. "Come again?" you say. His point was this: "Take the exact name [the show is based on the novel Good Christian Bitches], drop out Christian and put in Muslim, and ask yourself, is there any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one." Then again, it's not like Muslims haven't been called much worse names in recent years.

Photo: Bill Matlock/American Broadcasting Companies