Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to spend some time with family. Oh, not your family; I'm talking about the families on your favorite shows. Guest stars abound as Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner come to New Girl playing Jess's folks, and Ed Helms returns to The Mindy Project. The cast of Happy Endings flashes back a decade to when they all met, and Revenge gets hotter than a freshly baked green bean casserole with some intriguing photos from the club. Check them all out!
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 comes back for a second season on Oct. 23, and I recently chatted with stars Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker about their characters, roommates Chloe and June. The girls both talked about what we'll see this year, so watch and find out why they're both grossed out by the idea of James Van Der Beek being a love interest for either of their characters, and which of Van Der Beek's Dawson's Creek costars Ritter would like to see guest star.
There's a lot of wheeling and dealing going on in Hollywood this week, as all of the major TV networks have been cutting the fat and rolling out their new shows for Fall. ABC has made a lot of moves in particular; in addition to renewing the likes of Revenge, Happy Endings, and more, it's also bringing back freshman series Scandal, Last Man Standing, and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23. Of course, this means that the network must make room for fresh meat by making some cancellations, and ABC is axing GCB, Pan Am, The Missing, and The River. Stay tuned for more updates about the shows we can expect from ABC come Fall!
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ABC's new comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 premiered this week, with Krysten Ritter as the roommate who may not be the easiest person to live with. I already weighed in with my thoughts on the pilot, but now I want to know what you thought if you tuned in. The opening episode really plays into the nostalgia factor of Dawson's Creek because of costar James Van Der Beek, but I was wondering if that's as funny to other viewers as it is for me. I think the series has potential, so I'm going to check it out again to see if it can fill the hole Happy Endings left in the lineup after last week's finale. What about you? Are you going to trust the "b" in apartment 23 to make you laugh?
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Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, premiering tonight, is a latecomer to the midseason TV schedule, but it's got a promising cast (especially if you love '90s TV). Starring Krysten Ritter as the titular "B," the show follows her and her new roommate, small-town June (Dreama Walker), who's just moved to New York City. The cast also features James Van Der Beek, who's playing a version of himself who's single, self-obsessed, and very into his Dawson's Creek groupies. To find out if this is a show you might want to add to your DVR, just read on.
- What it's about: When fresh-faced, trusting June moves to NYC, she thinks she finds the perfect roommate in Chloe, until she moves in and Chloe shows her true colors. Chloe is basically the worst roommate ever, partial to spending June's half of the rent money on herself and sleeping with June's fiancé. But Chloe's not all bad; we learn some of the reasons for her motivations in the pilot, and she and June (very slowly) start to get along.
- Where it works: The pilot is pretty funny, with some fresh jokes and interesting characters; the non-James Van Der Beek James Van Der Beek is endlessly hilarious to me as a longtime Dawson's Creek fan, and I also appreciate that Chloe isn't totally one-dimensional and that she does have a heart beating under there.
- Where it doesn't: I'm wondering how much mileage the show has with Chloe's behavior, especially since she shows that she's not completely terrible in the pilot. My other concern is that June seems to have more of the spotlight than Chloe, and though Walker is charming, Ritter is far more compelling.
- When it's on: Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC
- You might like this show if: You've seen Ritter in one of her many supporting roles and have always wanted to see more from her.
To see some photos and watch a preview for Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, just keep reading.
James Van Der Beek Talks About Making Fun of Dawson's Creek on Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
ABC's new series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is an irreverent series, from the title to the inclusion of a supporting character James Van Der Beek . . . played by James Van Der Beek. The former teen heartthrob hit the Winter TCA stage with fellow stars Krysten Ritter, who plays the titular "B----" Chloe, and Dreama Walker, who plays her innocent roommate June, to talk about the show. They joined showrunners to chat about Van Der Beek's Dawson's Creek past and just how terrible Ritter's character Chloe is going to be.
- Van Der Beek plays himself on the show, but the character is only a version of himself, and he mentioned that "by episode three, it resembled me less and less." He joked that he had to audition against "six other James Van Der Beeks, and four of them were not actors, and two of them didn't speak English." Van Der Beek described the James of the show as "just kind of crazy," and "really sweet but completely narcissistic."
- As for the amount of Dawson's Creek references on the show, Van Der Beek was asked when it became OK to make fun of the teen soap for him. "I think once the residual money ran out," he joked. His character on the show exploits the Dawson's Creek mythology to sleep with fans, often with the famous flannel shirts Dawson used to wear. Naturally, reporters wondered whether Van Der Beek had actually held onto any flannels from the show, and he said he didn't, unfortunately.
- Ritter's character Chloe is the "b*tch" in Apartment 23, and she calls the role "absolute candy." Though Chloe can be mean, Ritter says she simply "gets to say things that everybody wishes they could say," and is someone who is bold, badass, and unapologetic. In the pilot, we do get to see a bit of Chloe's nice side, but show creator Nahnatchka Khan said that "hopefully you'll always be surprised and a little bit shocked" by Chloe.
- Walker plays June, a young woman from the Midwest who comes to New York and moves in with Chloe. Though June seems a bit naive, Walker says she's "a smart girl," who "sometimes tries to be a little bit of a badass and that doesn't fare so well." During the panel, Van Der Beek had a lot of fun teasing Walker for not being old enough to have been a fan of Dawson's Creek, while Walker protested that she was "not too young!" (Walker is 25). Walker insisted that she did remember seeing a calendar with Van Der Beek's face on it when she was in sixth grade, and thinking it was "very upsetting" that no boys she knew looked like him.