“G.C.B.” is the latest comedy from ABC. It stars Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn, the head Mean Girl in her Dallas high school who has now returned to her hometown in the wake of a personal tragedy, only to find that the girls she was mean to in high school are not quick to welcome her home.
We’ve seen the pilot and we absolutely adored it, which star Bibb was delighted to hear when we interviewed her.
“I know it sounds goofy and I shouldn’t care what people think. But I do on this one, I really do,” says Bibb. “I love this show, I’m so proud of it. I hate having expectations on it, I try not to, but I really love this show. I really sunk my heart and soul into this one and I’m really proud of it. I hope America likes it.”
When Amanda does return to Dallas, she is not exactly flush in the money department, so she and her two children move in with her mother Gigi (Annie Potts), who has an interesting relationship with Amanda.
“Amanda went through high school as Gigi’s daughter,” says Bibb. “She expects certain things
from her daughter and it kind of hasn’t changed when she gets older.
She’s like a ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ mother. It’s interesting to come home
with me just wanting my mama to be my mama and healing that wound. Because it’s a pretty big deal to leave when you’re 18 and not come home
for 18 years. That’s really saying something about your relationship with your mother.”
Among the girls Bibb’s character Amanda tortured in high school are Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen) and Heather Cruz (Marisol Nichols). When we spoke with Aspen and Nichols, both were in agreement that Amanda deserves what’s coming to her.
“That may be their characters talking, right there,” laughs Bibb. “I think high school’s hard. It’s hard all the way around. Everyone’s trying to sink or swim. Amanda was rough, she was a rough go. But she’s not that girl anymore and she comes home and she apologizes. That’s the thing – she owns it. But they just will not forgive her.”
One of the biggest sources of tension might be between Amanda and Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor), because Amanda is good friends with Cricket’s husband Blake (Mark Deklin). Bibb agrees, but says that really – all the girls have issues with Amanda.
“Lemme just tell you this – these girls all have bones to pick. Nothing is safe,” says Bibb. “I have a lot of fires to put out all through these 10 episodes. I always refer to it as I feel like chum in shark-infested waters. It’s really fun circumstances to play as an actor. But these girls … I’m don’t know if they’ll ever forgive, ’cause they sure don’t forget.”
“GCB” premieres Sunday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.