Saturday, April 14, 2012

New TV Review: Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 @Apt23

I'm a little obsessed with ABC's new comedy series, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23".  I have the pilot DVRed, and I watched it three times in two days.  Why?

Description:  "The series follows June, as she moves to New York City to pursue her dream job, until she finds out that it no longer exists and she ends up moving in with a con-artist, party-girl named Chloe. The two don't get along at first; however, when Chloe's attempts at scamming June backfire, they end up forming an unlikely friendship." - Wikipedia

My Review:
It's snarky.  I love when Chloe says she doesn't have girl friends because they're mean, when she's possibly one of the most mean and manipulative people I've ever seen on TV.  And I get it.  I see equal parts Chloe and June (we're both from Indiana, with ambition!) in myself, actually.  I'm not quite like either extreme exactly, but I'm not always a good girlfriend but consider myself a survivor/have great guy friends like Chloe... but on the flip side I have moments of naiveté and optimism like June.  I love seeing these actresses in leading roles, because they've been great characters in other shows/movies I've seen; there's some hilarious talent there!

It's fast.  It's a short sitcom, so there is a lot of hilarious and fast dialogue.  I love how bright the visuals are, how the smallest details like wardrobe and decor are understated yet interesting.   I've been a fan of fast, packed scripts since Gilmore Girls, and I think this show really delivers.

JAMES VAN DER BEEK.  I was not a fan of Dawson's Creek, I never saw Varsity Blues, and I never thought he was a hottie... until now.  He plays an insane version of himself (think Neil Patrick Harris' character in Harold & Kumar) and I love the self-deprecating Dawson references.  (Chloe calls him Tiger Beat!)  He steals the show, and he is looking GOOD.  I know he's actually a family man and more low-key in real life, but the pretend version of him is so funny to watch!

I really hope this show continues to be awesome.  I initially felt the same way about Suburgatory, but then lost interest and stopped watching after a while.  I like this pilot even more.  Fingers crossed!

P.S.  June's coworker at the coffee shop, Mark, formerly from the same now-defunct employer, looks like a black Andy Samberg (played by Eric Andre), in the most awesome way I can express.  His one-liners and facial expressions rock.

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