Monday, April 16, 2012

The Houses of GCB

Have you seen ABC's new comedy, GCB? It's a hilarious romp through the high falutin and high drama lives of a group of Dallas ladies. High school mean girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) returns to Dallas following the death of her husband, a ponzi scheme crook. Annie Potts, who I grew up loving as the secretary in the "Ghostbusters" movies and as lovable divorcee Mary Jo on "Designing Women", plays Amanda's perfectly coifed, richer than rich, mother GiGi Stopper.

Neighbors and former classmates Sharon (Jennifer Aspen), Carlene (the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth), Cricket (Miriam Shor), and Heather (Marisol Nichols) round out the talented cast. The show is set in Dallas' Highland Park neighborhood, and all the ladies live in houses the size of a boutique hotel.

The sets were designed by Denny Dugally and Bryan Venegas, the duo responsible for the sublime Walker residence on the sadly defunct "Brothers and Sisters" that previously held "GCB's" time slot. While none of the GCB sets speak to me the way Nora Walker's Pasadena mansion did, the team did a fantastic job on them. Let's take a look:

Gigi's foyer is the size of most suburban homes. The dramatic stairs, acres of marble, and of course a larger than life oil painting of the lady of the house, make it an entrance to remember.

Gigi's trophy room. The armory of guns make sure she isn't afraid of "a damn thing."

Carlene's living room is gorgeous. Dramatic dark walls serve as a backdrop for pops of vibrant red.

And Carlene's bedroom is equally striking, with its eggplant walls, high canopied bed, and family-room sized sitting area.

Sharon has recently started a food company that specializes in Bible-based cuisine. No surprise then that her southern kitchen is a gourmet's dream come true.

Tough as nails Cricket gets a Texas modern retreat from her corporate world. Her bed is enormous! (She and her hunky hubby probably aren't spending much time cuddled up in it.)

The sitting area of Cricket's bedroom. Stone and storefront glass combine for a sleek but comfortable look.

And her office has a telling set of framed shark jaws above the desk. Cool, slick, and tailored, just like the character it was designed for.

We've yet to see down-to-earth Heather's house. I picture her living in a comfortable contemporary loft or a transitional styled townhome. Of course, she hopes to snag herself a deep-pocketed husband, so we might see her moving into a Highland Park mansion too.

So, whose house is your favorite? Do you think the designers did the characters justice with these sets?

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