“Good Christian Bitches” to Include a Good Gay Guy

What’s a
nighttime soap
about a former high school mean girl who returns to Texas after her
billionaire husband dies have in it for the gay guys? Aside from the obvious in
co-star/villain and super awesome gay-rights activist Kristin Chenoweth? Turns
out, plenty.

Beyond the
behind-the-scenes talent involved — out director Alan Poul (The Back-up Plan,
Six Feet Under) is helming the ABC pilot, and out producer Darren Star (Sex and
the City
) is also attached — it features a gay character.

Meet Blake
Caruth
, the handsome metrosexual (and homosexual) husband of Cricket (Miriam
Shor
of Shortbus and TV’s Swingtown), a woman who has grown from a plain girl with unfortunate
hair into a successful woman who owns half of Texas – and has a marriage made of
convenience with Blake.

Why Cricket
and Blake are married is not answered in the pilot script
, but the nature of
their union is common knowledge among the group of former high school friends
and rivals known as the “Good Christian Bitches.” However, the nature of their
relationship is relatively hush-hush and not discussed publicly.

Cricket, meanwhile,
is just one of the group of “friends” who greet Amanda (Leslie Bibb),
when she returns home to Texas
with her two kids after Bill, her billionaire husband, has died in a scandalous
car crash. As if that wasn’t bad enough, after his death, the Feds seized
everything he and Amanda owned once it was revealed Bill had been running a Ponzi
scheme defrauding investors of millions of dollars.

Blake’s
character — the role has yet to be cast
— has, ever since high school, had a
soft spot for Amanda, who also happens to be Cricket’s former high school
nemesis. Now that she’s broke, Blake takes pity on her and hires her on as a
marketing consultant for his Western-themed clothing line (this is set in Texas, after all) while
Cricket goes out of her way to make sure her rival reaps what she sows.

In the pilot
script
, Amanda joins Blake and his ranch foreman Booth Becker for dinner and
afterward, as she goes to grab her purse to leave, winds up spotting the men
holding hands under the dinner table. It’s a refreshing twist to show that the
very powerful — and bitter — Cricket doesn’t have the perfect life and that
Blake is in a relationship.

Beyond Blake
and Cricket’s very different roles in Amanda’s life, Blake also serves as a
moral compass and keeps Cricket on her toes — he’s smart and has values and
isn’t afraid to confront his wife after she gets Amanda fired from her first
job after relocating home to Texas. The pair will continue to butt heads over
Amanda, and if the pilot is any indication, Blake will be the one who rights
Cricket’s wrongs.

And because
having a beard in Texas
isn’t complete without one, the couple also has a daughter: Alexandra, who of
course is in on Cricket’s plan to torment Amanda.

Chenoweth,
meanwhile, will play Darlene, the ringleader of the GCBs who, despite being a good Christian, finds biblical
loopholes as a way to excuse her bad behavior.

It should be
most be interesting to see how Dallas crossed
with Desperate Housewives and Mean Girls plays out for the gay
couple.

Who would
you like to see cast as the handsome and meterosexual Blake?

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