Trust Us! Why You Need to Watch ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23
We get it. It’s a fragile time in your life right now. All of your favorite shows are nearing their season finales, so it seems too soonto talk about getting into bed with another show — especially one you *gasp* barely even know.
Chill out, we’re pretty sure your DVR’s seen worse. (Three words: The Client List. Hey, we’re not judging!) But just hear us out: You may have heard rumblings of a new ABC comedy earlier this year, a show with an implicitly explicit title featuring Dawson James Van Der Beek!
It’s called Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23,and while you still may be on the fence, looking for a definitive answer to every remote control control freak’s biggest question — we’re here to tell you yes, yes you should "Season Pass" it (even though there are only a handful of eps left). And here are 5 reasons why:
1. James Van Der Beek plays...
James Van Der Beek! Well, he plays a douchier, self-absorbed version of himself (that people may believe is the way he really is — despite his protestations). In actuality, real-life James is redefining himself as an actor by playing an actor who is trying to redefine himself through a whole slew of cliched Hollywood techniques — from foreign films to Dancing With the Stars. It’s pretty amazing. The twist: He maintains a positive (some would say deluded) attitude when faced with various career challenges. (Like when an unfortunately placed billboard of yourself makes it look like a large Italian man is staring at your junk, you say? Why yes, that is indeed one of them.)
2. Spoiler alert: You *can* trust the “B” in Apt 23 (sometimes)
Though lead character Chloe (Krysten Ritter)’s scam in the pilot seems to be setting her up as a classic villain, it’s actually not that cut-and-dried. Once her roommate, June (Dreama Walker), a midwestern gal with major Catholic guilt who loses her job and her fiance in one fell swoop, comes into the picture, a complicated but endearing relationship plays out. And what’s better...
3. The side characters play equally hilarious roles
Let’s see, there’s:
- Chloe-obsessed neighbor Robin - Masturbating creeper neighbor Eli - Pathetic schmo (and June-adoring) corporate worker-turned-coffee shop manager Mark - James’s snarky assistant/stylist/financial advisor (and aspiring screenwriter, natch!) Luther
4. The one-liners
Part silly, part genius, part offensive — entirely awesome. Here are some gems from the May 9 episode, “Making Rent”:
Chloe [to June]: “You’re like the midwestern Mother Theresa for pathetic people.” Believe it or not, that was a compliment
James [on how tight his jeans are]: “If you want your a** to rock, your plums gotta pay the price.” Two notes: 1) He named his line of jeans Beek Jeans (!) and 2) his a** does indeed rock.
Chloe: “I have a new nemesis. Luther has just replaced cheap tequila.” Best new TV rivalry since Chloe vs. cheap tequila.
Chloe [to June]: “You’re being very judgmental right now. That’s not very Korean of you.” Uh... you had to be there.
5. Season 2 = Dawson’s Creek Reunion?
Get ready to have your mind blown, because in a sit-down with TV Guide, James promised to make “a phone call” to his DC pal Michelle Williams if the series gets a shot at Season 2 (still TBD!!!). That doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing, but we have faith! And if Alicia Silverstone can take a break from pre-chewing her son’s food to make a cameo on her Clueless co-star Jeremy Sisto’s new show Suburgatory, then Michelle can take a break from being nominated for Oscars to share the small-screen with her Beek from the Creek.