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January 22, 2013 5:56 PM
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ABC Cancels 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23'

'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23' Karen Neal/ABC
It's time to bid farewell to the sight of James Van Der Beek semi-ironically playing himself, at least for now -- ABC has pulled and effectively canceled sitcom "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."

Star Krysten Ritter confirmed the series had been given notice this afternoon on Twitter ("my beloved fans, sad to confirm that it is true. Don't Trust the B--- #apt23 has been cancelled. thank you so much for your support") after the Hollywood Reporter noted that the show had been yanked from the network's Tuesday night schedule, and that the remaining eight episodes would go unaired.

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Created by Nahnatchka Khan, "Don't Trust the B----" premiered in April of last year as a mid-season replacement, and starred Ritter as the titular "b----" Chloe, an amoral, promiscuous New York party girl who was besties with Van Der Beek and who took naive Midwesterner June (Dreama Walker of "Compliance") under her wing as a roommate. Despite a surprisingly good cast that also included comedian Eric Andre and some very odd directions in terms of its humor, the show never quite found its footing, tone-wise, and had little success with ratings, with ABC shuffling it around on the schedule.

Van Der Beek took to Twitter himself to write:

I know most of you watched us on your own time & platform and that the competitive network scheduling game is irrelevant to you, but network TV is a business dictated by Nielson [sic] ratings. And while that’s an antiquated business model, it’s the only one they’ve got. Thanks to all who tuned in. We had a blast making it. Can’t imagine a more fun work environment with better people. But onto the next. And please, no bashing ABC. While I’m sure no one there would say they think they nailed it when it came to programming #Apt23 this year tou've got to give ABC props for ever picking us up in the first place. They took a shot at something original & edgy. I respect them for it.

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3 Comments

  • Dave | January 23, 2013 1:39 PMReply

    Lets hope cable takes notice, like they did with cougar town, and picks it up. Its too edgy for network television anyway.,

  • Travis | January 23, 2013 12:58 PMReply

    I can’t believe Don’t Trust the B has been pulled from ABC’s schedule halfway through the season like this. I feel for the cast, crew, and fans of the show since it seems pretty sudden. I hope they will eventually air the last eight episodes of the season, but my coworker at DISH doubts they will ever air. I’m glad I still have the show on my DISH Hopper so I can watch my favorite episodes whenever I want. With my Hopper I can stream the content of my DVR or live TV to four rooms at once, so I can watch Don’t Trust the B while my family watches their favorite show and no one has to fight over the TV anymore.

  • Dino B | January 23, 2013 4:11 PM

    HAHA That is a nice lead in to a shitty advertisement you have there.