Holy s— ABC said “F— you” to the B—- today, pulling comedy Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 from its schedule effective immediately, according to The Hollywood Reporter. You won’t see the changes until next week, as the network’s regular Tuesday comedy block of Don’t Trust the B—- and Happy Endings had last night off so ABC can air some dumb two-hour cooking show and the series finale of Private Practice.
But starting on Tuesdays next week, get ready to see back-to-back new episodes of Happy Endings between 9pm and 10pm. ABC has not made a decision on when or where to air the remaining eight episodes of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, but unless something changes, look for a summer burn-off followed by a veiled cancellation notice as ABC sweeps the show under the rug and mumbles something about “still making a decision” on the show’s future. ABC, you really should come to terms with that fact that you are in the TV business and part of that business involves canceling shows. Acceptance is the first step to recovery.
ABC has been wishy-washy with its treatment of Don’t Trust the B—-, introducing it as a midseason show in early 2012 and pulling it before it could finish its first season. A second season was ordered with the remaining episodes from Season 1 included, but Season 2 was scheduled to air opposite other more established comedies, after the other shows had already dug their heels into the turf. And this month, it aired twice a week for a while, with a second episode taking over the crater left by 666 Park Avenue on Sunday nights. In other words, ABC had no idea what to do with Don’t Trust the B—- and this news comes as no surprise.
As for Happy Endings, it’s still chugging along and dodging the axe, with its better ratings keeping it alive. But the future does not look good for the comedy, and if were you, I’d prepare myself for a very sad ending.
ABC has cut short its attempt to double up on originals of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 before the Tuesday sitcoms make an early exit from the schedule in March.
The network said Tuesday that Sunday’s planned episodes of Happy Endings and Apt. 23, intended to air at 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively, will be replaced by an encore of Shark Tank.
Both shows have had modest showings in their regular Tuesday time slots. On Sundays, both slipped to series low and this past week didn’t even reach a 1.0 rating among adults 18-to-49. Both will continue to air on Tuesdays at 9 and 9:30 p.m. until the Dancing With the Stars results show moves into the hour later this season.
“We love those two shows,” ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour just last week. “They’re incredibly distinctive, and they’re water-cooler shows.”
Although Lee would not comment on the future prospects of either series, he did note that the Sunday specials were intended to give audiences more of a chance to see the series.
Chloe may finally meet her match this season!
Ben Lawson has landed a recurring role on the second season of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, TVGuide.com has learned. The Australian actor (Covert Affairs, The Deep End) will play Jonathan, a new love interest for Chloe (Krysten Ritter).
Series creator Nahnatchka Kahn recently told us about the role, noting that whoever was cast would have to keep up with Ritter. “Chloe’s going to have a potential love interest that’s the first guy who is her equal that she’s ever met,” she said. “That’s somebody we’re interested in coming back for a few episodes.”
We’ll first meet Jonathan in the Halloween episode, in which the ladies go out on the town.
Get ready to squee like a fan girl because Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 will be holding a Dawson’s Creek reunion in Season 2!
Busy Philipps will play herself on the season premiere of ABC’s comedy where the Cougar Town actress will reunite with James Van Der Beek, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
As we first teased, the season premiere will feature the Beek attempting to reunite his Creek co-stars. “We have a big season premiere episode that’s dealing with James potentially trying to do a Dawson’s reunion and his version of what that would look like,” says creator Nahnatchka Khan, who also noted they’d love to see the alums guest-star, including Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson and, ahem, Katie Holmes!
On the Creek, Philipps portrayed Audrey Liddell, Joey’s college roommate and Pacey’s eventual love interest.
Who else would you like to see guest-star on Apartment 23?
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 returns Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
Now that Katie Holmes is free available, surely she’ll soon be approached to appear in any number of projects. Our suggestion? Reuniting with her Dawson’s Creek cohort James Van Der Beek on his ABC comedy Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 — and we’re not the only ones thinking about it. In fact, creator Nahnatchka Khan is already cooking up ways that Joey and Dawson could reunite.
Khan would love to see Holmes portray a heightened version of herself, similar to what Van Der Beek does on the ABC comedy. “In my mind, I think it would be really funny if there is some sort of bad blood between her and James that’s not really been addressed,” she tells TVGuide.com. “Maybe she comes because something bad happens to James and she comes to celebrate. For example, if she thinks it’s his funeral and she shows up in a red dress with champagne, like, ‘Ding dong, the Beek is dead!'”
“I’d love to see her saucier side,” Van Der Beek concurs. “I think it would be fun if she came on as herself, but a demented, bizarro version.”
While co-star Dreama Walker agreed with Van Der Beek and Khan, Krysten Ritter had other thoughts for Holmes. “I want Katie Holmes to be my lesbian love interest,” she says.
Actually securing the actress, whose other credits include How I Met Your Mother, Eli Stone and Batman Begins, would likely be next to impossible, but her presence will loom large over the Tuesday, Oct. 23 premiere (9:30/8:30c) — at least her name will. “We have a big season premiere episode that’s dealing with James potentially trying to do a Dawson’s reunion and his version of what that would look like,” Khan says. “It would be a shame to not address it.”
Who would you like to see Holmes play on Apartment 23 if she ever appeared on the series? Hit the comments with your thoughts.
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Renewed
Body of Proof: Renewed
Cougar Town : Renewed and headed to TBS
Dancing With the Stars : Renewed
Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apt 23: Renewed
Grey’s Anatomy: Renewed
Happy Endings : Renewed
Last Man Standing : Renewed
Modern Family: Renewed
Once Upon a Time : Renewed
Private Practice: RenewedRevenge : Renewed
Shark Tank: Renewed
The Bachelor: Renewed
The Bachelorette : Renewed
The Middle: Renewed
Wife Swap: Renewed
Charlie’s Angels: Canceled
Desperate Housewives: Series finale airs this Sunday
Man Up: Canceled
Pan Am: Canceled
The River: Canceled
Work It: Canceled
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