Just for fun, I decided to try watching the complete run of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (2012-13) in the intended script order, rather than the crazy mixed-up disorder it actually aired in. Needless to say, it makes a lot more sense this way, especially where James Van Der Beek’s Dancing with the Stars story-arc is concerned, and is a lot more satisfying overall. For some inexplicable reason I was very dismissive of the pilot episode when I first saw it, but found it a lot funnier the second time around… presumably because I’ve become more attached to all the characters since then, and more attuned to the show’s sense of humour. Either way, I was once again struck by how adorable Dreama Walker is as perky optimist ‘June’, how much fun Krysten Ritter is as snarky party-girl ‘Chloe’, and how cute Liza Lapira is as obsessive ex-flatmate ‘Robin’ (sadly she was written out after the first season, and only appeared in a single episode of the second). After riding the tonal rollercoaster of Suburgatory, I can also appreciate how consistent Apt. 23 is as a laugh-out-loud-funny live-action cartoon…. I mean, episodes often end with the main characters “hugging and learning”, but these soppier scenes are always peppered with jokes, and never derail the comedy train the way some of the more dramatic scenes in Suburgatory did.
Anyhoo, this re-viewing inspired me to check IMDb to see what the cast were all up to these days, so here’s the 411: Walker appeared in last week’s (finale!) episode of A to Z, as Andrew’s ex-girlfriend ‘Madeline’, who ‘Zelda’ (Cristin Milioti) suspects of wanting to steal her man back… and can also be seen co-starring in one of Amazon’s new drama pilots, Cocked, alongside Brian Dennehy, Jason Lee, and Sam Trammell. Ritter recently appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, and has also scored the title role in an upcoming Marvel superheroine series called A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which may-or-may-not premiere on Netflix later this year. Lapira has been cast in Vince Gilligan’s upcoming crime drama, Battle Creek, as one of the detectives working alongside series stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters… and that premieres on CBS, March 1st. Finally, Apt. 23’s creator Nahnatchka Khan is now an executive producer and writer for Fresh Off the Boat, a new ABC sitcom that premieres February 10th. So yay for all of them!