‘Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23’ And Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’ Are TV Gold

American Dad producer Nahnatchka Khan and Tiny Furniture writer/director Lena Dunham are the driving female forces behind two of the best new comedies of the past five years, ABC’s Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 and HBO’s Girls.

Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apt 23 stars Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek like you’ve never seen them. Ritter you may know as the drug-addicted girlfriend of Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman on. The role is more similar to the one she played in She’s Out Of My League, only twenty times more sarcastic and over the top. 

A character with no boundaries, sexual, social or otherwise. You see that lack of morals from the opening episode, where she sleeps with her new roommate’s fiance, and the second episode where she sets that same roomie (Dreama Walker) up with her father.

Van Der Beek plays himself, the himself he always wanted to be. The one we saw a hint of in Ke$ha’s “Blow” video, using his Dawson’s Creek fame to bed women and eventually pity himself.

While Don’t Trust The B desperately wants to be on a premium cable channel (they make due with bleeps and blurs) Girls is blessed with the unedited freedom of HBO, and production by Judd Apatow.

It’s a show about a group of jobless, regular looking women with realistic attitudes and
awkward, hilarious man trouble. It has been rightly compared to both Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sex And The City but really it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

The creator and star (Dunham) plays Hannah Horvath, an unpaid intern who is forced to leave her job after her parents, played by Bosom Buddies’ Peter Scolai and Freaks And Geeks mother Becky Ann Baker, cut her off.

These are two TV exploits that could easily be cliche and lackluster but instead break new ground in their own respects. Girls airs Sundays at 10:30 Eastern time. You can watch the pilot HERE. Apartment 23 airs Wednesdays at 9:30, see that premiere HERE.

[Random Fact: Lena Dunham played the barista in the excellent/scary Ti West project The Innkeepers and the 911 operator in House Of The Devil, also by West]

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