With the major exception of The Good Wife (CBS), there's really not much that piques my interest on network television these days. Indeed, it increasingly seems as if everything and everyone with any originality or daring has migrated to cable. But, that being said, there is one new network show that, I must confess, has me a little excited: Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, which debuts tonight at 9:30, right after Modern Family. yea, sorry, this is a little old, lol Why? In part because of the unusual title; in part because it has been endlessly promoted on ABC, its affiliated channels (ESPN, etc.), and in movie theater promos; and in part because it is attempting the tongue-in-cheek feat of having James Van Der Beek, the forgotten Dawson's Creek (WB) alum (as in not Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, or Joshua Jackson), portray -- you guessed it -- James Van Der Beek.
But the show's biggest draw for me, far and away, is the fact that it stars Krysten Ritter, the 30-year-old actress who I first noticed during season two ofBreaking Bad (AMC),
on which she portrayed Jane, the moody, drug-addicted, and -- spoiler alert -- ill-fated girlfriend of Jesse (Aaron Paul).
In Apt. 23, as the show is destined to be called in PG-13 America, Ritter plays a city girl who repeatedly cons and crosses her naive new roommate (Dreama Walker, who played Becca, Alan Cumming's young nemesis, on The Good Wife). Ritter has described her character as "Holly Golightly and the devil combined."
What impressed me most about Ritter on Breaking Bad, and in the lengthy promos that I've seen for Apt. 23, is her unmistakable, unflappable sense of self. Like Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, she's not a conventional beauty, but she's much sexier than most who are because -- I believe -- of the striking contrast between her childlike, almost cartoonishly-cute appearance (pouting, big eyes, bangs, flowery dresses) and the very adult things that she says and does (and the comfort and confidence with which she does them).
Moreover, in the great tradition of Louise Brooks and Barbara Stanwyck, she has no problem doing whatever she wants and/or has to do to get by -- such as turning on her inner daddy's girl to avoid being sent to rehab in Breaking Bad and blatantly lying to and stealing from her roomie on Apt. 23 -- and couldn't really give a shit what you or anyone else thinks about it. In fact, the only thing that impresses her are people who prove that they have the gumption to navigate this crazy world as effectively and ruthlessly as she does.
In short, she is one of the first truly 21st century chicks on TV.
That, I appreciate, does not necessarily mean that Apt. 23 will turn out to be any good or survive very long. THR's TV critic Tim Goodman called the show "fresh and funny, with fast-paced jokes and witty cynicism in abundance," but others have been less kind; one gossip columnist recently tweeted that it is "atrocious beyond belief" and urged people who might be thinking about watching it to instead "go outside, learn cupcake making," or do anything but spend a half-hour each week watching the show.
If the latter opinion is proven right; it wouldn't be the first time that the restrictive confines of network TV and/or just plain shitty writing have suffocated the talents of someone like Ritter. But make no mistake about it: one way or another, Ritter is here to stay for as long as she damn well pleases, just like the young women she plays.
Krysten Ritter: Don't Trust the B---- on United Flight 841
Krysten Ritter was involved in a nasty verbal clash with a male flight attendant Friday that left her fighting back tears ... witnesses aboard the flight tell TMZ.
According to the witnesses, Ritter was on a flight from NYC to LA that was experiencing severe turbulence. We're told at one point Ritter -- whose show "Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23" premiered this week -- got up when the "fasten seatbelt" sign was on ... and she was immediately confronted by a male flight attendant.
Our sources say the flight attendant was "very aggressive" and yelled at her to sit back down. We're told Ritter was so distraught by the confrontation, she was on the verge of a tearfest.
According to our sources, the supervising flight attendant got wind of what went down and spoke with Krysten. We're told that flight attendant apologized and told Krysten she felt the male flight attendant was out of line and that disciplinary action would most likely be taken.
We spoke with Krysten once she landed -- take a look.
Krysten Ritter Drops by "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Taking care of some media duties, Krysten Ritter was spotted at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studios in Hollywood last night (April 16).
The "Breaking Bad" starlet was all smiles as she plugged her brand new show, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."
Kimmel also inquired as to Ms. Ritter's upbringing, which opened up a whole new realm of down-home discussion.
Krysten shared, "I'm originally from this tiny little town in Pennsylvania called Shickshinny -- I didn't make that up -- and I'm from a beef farm."
"I wanted a horse, but my stepfather says that they are 'hayburners,' so I wasn't allowed to have one... I did have a cow that I taught how to ride. I was sort of a town oddity."
I love this show and I actually love her on it. I didn't care for her on Veronica Mars or Gilmore Girls, so it's refreshing to see her in something where she really fits the role! Love this show (and JVDB!) and everyone should watch, imo!
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