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'GCB': Exclusive First Look At ABC's New Show, Hailed The New 'Desperate Housewives' (VIDEO)

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Posted: 01/24/2012 9:29 am

ABC's new "Desperate Housewives"-esque dramedy has gone through a few good names: "Good Christian Bitches" was toned down a bit to "Good Christian Belles" and now it's the short, sweet and easily hashtag-able "GCB." But that doesn't make it any less over-the-top ... it is set in Texas, after all.

We've got an exclusive sneak peek at the show (premiering Sunday, March 4 at 10 p.m. EST on ABC) to introduce you to reformed mean girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) and her one-time targets who are now ready for revenge (including Kristin Chenoweth, Miriam Shor, Jennifer Aspen and Marisol Nichols). We also get to meet Amanda's larger-than-life mother, Gigi, played by the inimitable Annie Potts.

I spoke with the cast about the new show (fun video interviews coming soon), and Potts got more than a little choked up talking about her inspiration for playing Gigi: Her late, great "Designing Women" co-star, Dixie Carter.

"Any time I looked at the script, I thought, 'Hmm ... now how shall I do ... I'll do it the way Dixie would do it!'" Potts said with a laugh. "She just had that snap. There was a great enthusiasm about her, and I feel like Gigi's like that. [In her Gigi accent] 'Yes! That's what we're going to do! We're going to do it big, and we're going to have a wonderful time!' Dixie was like that. She was so quick to laugh, and she was just an extraordinary person. I just feel like I'm doing her all the time, and it is my great privilege. She was something. If she were still on this planet with us, she would've had this role."

Take a look at the video below to see what she means, and to hear more about these bible-quoting gossipy gals.

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