March 14, 2011 7:59pm PT by Lacey Rose
Kristin Chenoweth Joins Darren Star’s ‘Good Christian Bitches’ Pilot
Broadway vet Kristin Chenoweth has joined the ABC pilot Good Christian Bitches.
The dramedy project, from Sex and the City executive producer Darren Star, follows a woman (Leslie Bibb) who moves back to her Dallas neighborhood after a divorce only to become the center of salacious gossip from the community's churchgoing wives.
Chenoweth, whose previous TV credits include Glee and Pushing Daisies, will play the role of Darlene in the ABC Studios production. She will join previously cast Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols, Annie Potts and Bibb. Christina Applegate, one of pilot season's most in-demand actresses, passed on the lead role.
Robert Harling (The First Wives Club, Laws of Attraction) will serve as writer and executive producer for the project, with Star and Aaron Kaplan (You Me and Dupree, Knowing) on board to executive produce. Alan Poul (The Big C, Rome, Big Love) has been tapped to direct the pilot.
The Parents Television Council has already slammed the ABC pilot, arguing the decision to pick it up is “not only an affront to women, it blatantly attacks the world’s largest faith." The historically vocal group also took issue with the title, which will undoubtedly change if the show does land on ABC’s fall schedule: "The ‘b-word’ is toxic and is used to degrade, abuse, harass, bully and humiliate women. And the ‘Christian’ element only adds insult to injury.”
Chenoweth is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.