ABC has scheduled the eight remaining unaired episodes of sophomore comedy Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 for a May 17 bow on ABC.com, iTunes and Hulu, according to star Krysten Ritter.
The actress, who’s filming the NBC comedy pilot Assistance, took to her Twitter page Wednesday to share the news that the last remaining episodes of the comedy co-starring James Van Der Beek would be released after all.
“Exciting news for all you Don’t Trust the B—- in @apt23 fans! On May 17th the remaining episodes will be available on Abc.com, itunes, and hulu! 8 episodes of genus B—- hilarity! Can’t wait for you all to see them. I love you.” she wrote.
ABC pulled the struggling comedy in January after Apt. 23 and Happy Endings — which is now airing Fridays — were given early end dates in March, a move that was considered a burn-off at the time. Apt. 23 failed to make it that far.
Van Der Beek, meanwhile, also has booked a pilot and will continue to explore comedy with CBS’ Friends With Better Lives.
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star Krysten Ritter has rebounded with a starring role in NBC’s comedy pilot Assistance.
The project, produced by Funny or Die founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is a fast-moving comedy centered on an idealistic “working girl” assistant (Ritter) who is pulled between her colleague/work husband and her real life fiancé.
Ritter’s Nora is described as a magnetic, hyperactive workaholic, with a sex appeal directly proportional to her anxiety level. She is a overworked personal assistant who wants to produce movies and tries, but usually fails, to have a personal life on the side.
ABC yanked Don’t Trust the B—- off its schedule late last month, effectively canceling it.
There’s bad news and good news for fans of ABC’s Tuesday comedy block. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 has been pulled from the schedule, effective immediately, and Happy Endings will start airing back-to-back original episodes starting Jan. 29.
A network rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the change takes place next week, following Tuesday night’s special two-hour premiere of The Taste and weeks of shuffling for both Apt. 23 and Happy Endings.
After the two comedies were given an early end date in March to accommodate ABC’s midseason schedule, the network announced plans to air three “bonus” episodes of each in the vacated 10 p.m. Sunday slot, before ditching the third round for an encore of Shark Tank after low ratings.
This latest development also comes two weeks after ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that a decision on the future of both Apt. 23 and Happy Endings had yet to be made.
“We love those two shows. They’re incredibly distinctive, and they’re water-cooler shows,” he said, noting that he planned to continue supporting the series throughout the season. Lee stopped short of commenting on whether either show would live beyond its current order (22 episodes for Happy Endings and 18 for Apt. 23).
For Apt. 23, starring Krysten Ritter, the move marks the latest in its wonky scheduling. The series launched last year as a midseason show, with multiple episodes shelved to run out of sequence this season, including a story line involving co-star James Van Der Beek as a Dancing With the Stars contestant that only recently aired.
And Happy Endings, itself a midseason show in 2011, saw its full order come to a quick close last season to accommodate new entries. An unaired season two episode finally made it to air two Sundays ago.
Happy Endings, airing at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, has performed significantly stronger than Apt. 23 since the lineup launched earlier this season. It’s currently averaging a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4 million viewers in Live+Same Day returns. Apt. 23 has a season average of a 1.2 adults rating and 3 million viewers.
No decision has been made on when or where the eight unaired episodes of Apt. 23 will land.
The “B—-” herself, Krysten Ritter, pays a visit to the Studio to tell us about in what ways she feels her character on “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23″ is a role model, and how she and co-star James Van Der Beek have more in common than you might think. Plus, she shares with us the pros and cons of having a birthday so close to Christmas, and she also shares her thoughts on Googling yourself and taking naughty cell phone pics!
Krysten Ritter is featured on the cover of the February 2013 issue of “Fashion” magazine! Check out her cover below – she looks gorgeous!
Last night, Krysten Ritter was a guest on “Attack of the Show”. You can watch her interview in the clip below!
Prior to last April Krysten Ritter was best known for her stints on Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, and Till Death, as well as big screen work in 27 Dresses and She’s Out of My League, but now everyone likely associates her with her role as Chloe on ABC’s Don’t Trust the B- In Apt 23, now in its second season.
Al Norton: What did you think when you read the pilot script?
Krysten Ritter: I loved it! It didn’t take much to convince me to want to play Chloe. it’s so rare to find a character like her, so outrageous and so flashy, especially in the form of a female; in the pilot alone I was naked, I was dancing in a hip hop video, I was having sex on a birthday cake, I was getting a kid drunk, I had a switchblade, I was selling drugs…I hadn’t seen anything like that in a long time, if ever. I was just thrilled and had no expectations of what would happen, I just wanted to play the character.
Al Norton: I know people talk a lot about how much you guys get away with but can you give me an example of something the network wouldn’t let you do or say?
Krysten Ritter: I honestly can’t think of anything. They shock me with what they let us get away with. There will be lines in the table draft and I will think, “there is no way this is happening” and then we shoot it and I’m thinking, “there is no way this is going to be on TV”, and then sure enough, it happens.
Al Norton: Is James (Van Der Beek, Ritter’s co-star) half as cool as you’d think someone would have to be to be able to mock himself like this?
Krysten Ritter: James is awesome. I love that he is mocking himself this way. He’s come a long way in his career and even he’s surprised he can make a living playing a heightened version of himself. It’s so cool and I’m glad he’s on our show. He’s a great actor, a great friend, and a great scene partner.
Al Norton: Are we going to get more Ben Lawson (who guested as a love interest for Chloe earlier this season)?
Krysten Ritter: Yes, we are; he’s coming back a couple of times.
Al Norton: I very much enjoy Life Happens (a movie Ritter starred, produced, and co-wrote); is writing something you want to do more of, and would doing an episode of the show be of interest?
Krysten Ritter: Thank you very much. I do want to write more and have thought about it but am not sure how it work because of the schedule; they break stories in the writing room and then the writers each go off and take an episode, and then Nahnatchka Kahn, our showrunner, does the rewrites, so I don’t know if that would work. I’d love to get the opportunity to direct one, that’s an interest of mine as well. I like to sort of do it all, I like to wear a lot of hats.
Al Norton: That scene from last week where Chloe takes over People Magazine was an amazing piece of writing and acting.
Krysten Ritter: Thank you so much. Honestly, Nahnatchka and I hugged each other and said we could retire then because it was the most fun we’d ever had. I’ve never had more fun in my career than in those scenes at People Magazine. I love Chloe playing a character. I had a blast and am glad it came across.
Al Norton: Have you ever seen anything like the embarrassment of riches that is Tuesday night comedies on network TV?
Krysten Ritter: I don’t know but they really need to figure this out (laughing). The thing is I think all the shows are so great, and so funny, and everyone watches TV differently now. I know I watch my TV on Hulu or iTunes; I never watch TV live. I think they’re going to start to figure out the ratings system and make sure all of these shows have a home. I like all the shows that are out there, especially the ones that have wacky female characters and it goes to show there has been a lack of them and that there is an appetite for them.
Al Norton: The show has had some great 80′s and 90′s stars do guest spots; who is your dream guest star?
Krysten Ritter: Jared Leto. He’s a busy boy and a huge rock star, and I don’t know him, but when I was a teenager in my formative years, I was definitely a big fan. My So Called Life was it and so was he…the flannel shirts, the guitar, the hair cut…that’s so my type (laughing).
Al Norton: Can you preview this week’s episode for me?
Krysten Ritter: It’s our Thanksgiving episode; I take June home with me so she can be my emotional support in dealing with my parents, however I force her to pretend to be in a wheelchair so that she can level the playing field with my Mom.
Don’t miss Don’t Trust the B- In Apt 23, tonight at 9:30pm on ABC
“Anyone want to get weird and play Mario Kart?”
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23’s Krysten Ritter is one of television’s rare comedic antiheros. Ritter plays Chloe, the titular B in the show, against Dreama Walker’s good-girl June and James Van Der Beek’s well-intentioned-d-bag celebrity – James Van Der Beek.
The Meta inclusion of Van Der Beek as Chloe’s generally sweet natured but, by virtue of his childhood stardom, pathologically narcissistic best friend adds a massive kick to the show’s comedic flavor. June grounds the show in some semblance of ethical reality. But the beef in the creative stew is Ritter’s scary, strange and weirdly lovable B with sociopathic tendencies, Chloe.
As most sitcoms head into a holiday break this week, we can expect a brand new foray into the antics of Chloe’s barely functional family in Don’t Trust the B’s Thanksgiving episode, “It’s a Miracle”.
“I think it’s our best episode yet,” Ritter enthused in my conversation with the star. “Basically my mother and I can’t stand to be in the same room together and every time we are, I regress back to an adolescent child monster.”
You may also recall the introduction to the batshite loins from whence Chloe sprang in episode 2 of Season 1, “Daddy’s Girl”, in which James and Chloe decide to set June up on a blind date with Chloe’s father Scott (Michael Landes). As if that wasn’t disturbing enough (it was) June was then confronted with Chloe’s mother, a woman still pining over the marriage… from her wheelchair.
“This Thanksgiving I take June home with me to be a buffer and act as emotional support,” Ritter told me. “But then there’s a twist and I make her pretend to be in a wheelchair so she can level the playing field with my mom. And when June gets a little drunk and out of line, I decide to out her as a phony and a fake that’s pretending to need a wheelchair. So she ends up being the bad guy instead of me. It’s ridiculous. Honestly, when I saw it I was laughing hysterically.”
Van Der Beek, not to be left out of the equation, will have an equally outlandish b-storyline in which he (as a part of his continued desperate attempt to return to the limelight) volunteers at a soup kitchen as a PR stunt and then becomes incensed when he is actually expected to work. “Hilarity ensues there as well,” Ritter assured me.
The actress noted that the episode was shot well before the recent “Paul Ryan soup kitchen photo op” controversy during the presidential campaign. The joke does work as an reference though, unintentional or not.
Describing her character, Ritter said, “She’s a true modern chick who’s marching to her own drum. She’s not pining after a guy or climbing a corporate ladder. I think, besides the drinking and the sex, she’s a great role model and a great example of what a modern girl looks like now. She has no attachments, she does crazy wild things, but at the end of the day it’s all for good. She’ll do anything for friends.”
When the actress took on the role it was essential to her that she avoid a predictable turn into the “repentant good girl” and suddenly soften up after the pilot. “Her evolvement is gradual. She can live with the same girl now, and her and James admit that their friendship is deeper than it was five years ago, but she’s going to stay nuts,” Ritter promises. “If anything I think she’s getting crazier. She’s so dynamic and intricate, so once you’re in she just seems to get nuttier. She’s got such a screw loose.”
And there are no limits to the places that Ritter is willing to go for the role. “You can’t shock me,” she says. “The thing is I love the show. Not just as an actress in it,but as an audience member and a fan. I love the writing and I think the show is funny. So there’s an appetite for that from me. I think the further they go with that the better.”
“Chloe doesn’t know how to react when she has actual feelings,” says Ritter. “So she acts like a complete idiot and does really stupid things and sabotages it. It’s just her coming to terms with real like stuff. She doesn’t know how to behave like a normal person. At first when they introduced Ben Lawson as my love interest [in the Halloween episode “Love and Monsters”] I was like ‘this is weird; I don’t know how to act in this space. I don’t want a love interest, I want many love interests.’ So it was fun and a challenge and I think they handled it perfectly.”
The elaborate “trick” that Benjamin and Chloe played on one another did serve to both illustrate some of Chloe’s most fundamental traits (creative intolerance for one) and to usher her forward. “He comes back several times,” Ritter told me. “We’ve shot several episodes including the episode we shot after Thanksgiving.”
As they move forward with the antagonistic romance between Benjamin and Chloe, the relationship between she and James comes into question. As someone who believes in the Seinfeld and Elaine dynamic they have going (former lovers who will never retread that water) I asked Ritter if she felt the writers may try and take the two into an actual romance. “That would be crazy,” she replied. “If it was right for the show I would be totally down, though. I love James. I love doing scenes with him, so we’ll see where that goes. What I find so fun about the show is the variety of material that I’m given. I love when Chloe takes over People Magazine, I love that she has to deal with a love interest and just seeing her react in spaces that she’s uncomfortable with, or when she has to take on another persona. It’s just juicy for me as an actor.”
Ritter concedes that the other characters often create the balance necessary for Chloe’s off the rails moments. “This week, for example, because June turned out to be the bad guy, I had a successful Thanksgiving with my family,” she says. “So there’s always some heart in it. And I feel that especially in the Thanksgiving episode you leave thinking ‘Oh these two girls can exist together.’”
If Chloe had her way, however, her Thanksgiving tradition would be less turkey and cran and more cocktails in a casino, Ritter informs me.
Autism Speaks (http://www.autismspeaks.org/) will hold its annual Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6 p.m. honoring The Guess? Foundation for its dedication to autism. Hosting the event will be television stars Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23″), Sarah Shahi (“Fairly Legal” “Chicago Fire”) and Beth Riesgraf (“Leverage”). Headlining the musical performances will be Grammy Award winning singer Raphael Saadiq. Special guest actress Nikki Reed (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″) will speak and perform with her husband Paul McDonald in honor of her brother who has autism. Blue Tie Blue Jean is dedicated to raising money to help fund science and family service initiatives. For tickets Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball (http://events.autismspeaks.org/site/c.asIQI1NHKiK0F/b.7746033/k.BD7C/Home.htm).
“There has been no greater inspiration in my life than that of my son, Will, and my brother, Charles, both affected by autism,” said Matthew Asner, Executive Director for Autism Speaks® Southern California. “They epitomize what we fight for at Autism Speaks®. A chance to live, learn and inspire.”
“Autism has spunk,” said Actor Ed Asner, Matthew’s father, “And you know what an Asner feels about spunk!”
“Every 11 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism and the annual cost for families living with autism is an average of $50,000,” said Matthew. “We need to assure that research, advocacy and family service initiatives continue to be funded.”