Well, it’s mid season Pilot time, and that means we get a glimpse of some of the best and worst shows to ever get the time of day on TV. ABC’s new pilot, Don’t Trust The B* In Apt. 23, was released on Hulu Tuesday, and while the show was almost refreshingly funny with excellent acting, I couldn’t help feeling that it had all been done before.
Apt. 23 suffered from the cliche set up: girl comes to big city, girl’s dreams are crushed, girl moves in with roommate, roommates hate each other. Just because it might not be on television now doesn’t mean it hasn’t been there before.
But what the show lacked in originality it made up for with the sass of leading lady Dreama Walker. Dreama Walker stars as June, the new-to-New-York girl with plenty of naivety and a surprising amount of spunk. Krysten Ritter, Chloe and the b* from the title, is a dynamic counter part. She’s ruthlessly rude and fearlessly upfront with everyone, lying and cheating to get anything and everything she wants. Of course every TV show needs a villain, but Chloe is a lot like every other villain we’ve seen. From 90210 to Gossip Girl, badass is the new trend, and Apt. 23 is following the trend with a stencil.
But lucky for this much anticipated comedy, the spunk and the humor made up for the rest of the boring and seen it all before jazz. The shows flows with energy and risque nudity (blurred, but still), and something has got to be said for that - it’s refreshing. The show is not trying to be something its not. This is a fully advertised b-tch-filled show full of girly conflict and, to some extent, more. It’s more daring than Gossip Girl ever was, but, sadly, more predictable, at least in the pilot. But what this pilot offers most of all is a breathe of fresh comedy and risque life that television has been missing for a while, albeit amiss some unoriginal plot twists and screenwriting.
Don’t Trust The B* In Apt. 23 premieres April 11th on ABC.
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