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Krysten Ritter’s ABC comedy ‘Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23' permanently evicted from Tuesday timeslot

By Alex Ewald,
Star James Van Der Beek says remaining episodes won't air; ‘Happy Endings’ will fill rest of the 9-10 hour

Krysten Ritter’s ABC series Don't Trust The B---- in Apt. 23 has left the apartment building.

The sophomore comedy Apt. 23, starring Ritter, Dreama Walker and James Van Der Beek, has been pulled from its regular Tuesday 9:30 p.m. slot, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Apt. 23's eviction notice comes shortly after ABC stopped airing the show’s bonus Sunday episodes from an audience experiment with Happy Endings, also regularly on Tuesdays at 9. A Shark Tank rerun was aired instead on Jan. 13 during the third week of the proposed three-week run.

The series centered on a naive country girl, June (Walker), and her morally murky roommate, Chloe (Ritter), figuring out the bizarre, madcap inner workings of Manhattan with their gang of friends, including narcissistic celebrity pal James Van Der Beek as himself (he also did so in Ke$ha’s “Blow” video). Its 11 episodes have struggled in the ratings this season more than its companion comedies, averaging 3.7 million total viewers and 1.5/4 audience share, according to Variety.

An ABC rep told Entertainment Weekly that the comedy has not been officially canceled, per say. However, series star James Van Der Beek pointed out on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that while Apt. 23’s cancellation is not official, the show’s remaining filmed eight episodes won’t be aired “any time soon. Translation: we’ve basically been cancelled. [sic].”

“You’ve got to give ABC props for ever picking us up in the first place,” he also tweeted. “They took a shot at something original and edgy. I respect them for it.”

ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee previously said that they "loved” the two shows on Jan. 10 at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“They’re incredibly distinctive, and they’re water-cooler shows,” Lee said. “We’re behind them on Tuesdays.”

Until March, Happy Endings will air back-to-back new episodes in Apt. 23’s place, before Dancing With the Stars takes the hour-long slot.

Photo courtesy of ABC MediaNet.

 

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