ABC Vacates "Apt. 23", Leaves Eight Episodes Unaired

Don't Trust The B In Apt. 23

It's a sad day for fans of smart, adult-oriented comedy. ABC announced today that they are pulling the eight remaining produced episodes of Don't Trust The B In Apt. 23, effective next week. Tonight won't be effected by the change, as ABC had already scheduled the premiere of "The Taste" for 8-10pm.

Starting next Tuesday, Happy Endings will begin showing two new episodes per week, one in its usual slot, and the other in "Apt. 23's" now former home. ABC has yet to comment as to when the rest of the eight already shot episodes of the sophomore comedy will hit the air, but I wouldn't be surprised if they just end up being burned off in the dog days of summer, or on the network website. Why Happy Endings (which draws nearly as awful ratings as "the B") is getting a stay of execution is unclear, although I guess you don't have to run faster than the cancellation axe, you just have to run faster than the show next to you.

Which brings us to the "million dollar question". Is "Apt. 23" canceled entirely? ABC says no, but series co-star James Van Der Beek doesn't buy it. The actor tweeted the following earlier today: "Translation: We’ve basically been cancelled." Sadly for fans, the former Dawson Leery is most likely correct. ABC never "officially" canceled Last Resort or 666 Park Avenue after pulling them off the air either, and I don't think anyone is under the impression that those shows have a hope in hell of returning.

Should ABC cancel The B In Apt. 23? Or is this just another in a line of recent missteps by the network?

- Happy Endings
- Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

Written by: msd85
Jan 22nd, 2013, 6:04 pm

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Message Posted On Mar 4th, 2013, 2:32 pm

I was leery of Apt 23.  It had all the hallmarks of utterly stupid humor and something that I'd just eyeroll about and shut off.  I was happily surprised.  The show consistently walked right up to the line of "stupid" and stopped in that narrow funny zone just short of it.

I am sad that yet another comedy with some integrity has been canceled.  Are we forever doomed to "Dumb&Dumber/Family Guy" humor?  Is it possible to field a comedy that isn't embarrassing to watch (and keep it on the air for any length of time)?


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Message Posted On Feb 21st, 2013, 10:40 pm

If this show had lousy ratings, it was because you not only didn't promote it, you'd air it two weeks in a row in the crummiest time slot you could banish it to.  Then air something else in it's place the following two or three weeks!  Never that basic viewing continuity a new show needs, you bunch of incompetent "fumb ducks"! I was googling the show weekly to see if you had cancelled it, yet.

I guess the clever writing and talented cast didn't fit in with your usual dreck. You're not A Braindead Channel for nothing.


Message Posted On Jan 27th, 2013, 9:07 pm
This show is funny, sharp and a joy to watch. The characters are over the top with nastiness, vanity and sweetness but underneath it all there is friendship and care. I love this show and cant believe that they would dump it. What is wrong with the Networks!!!!! I don't know whether its even worth watching a new show because they end up cancelling them. The reality TV trash that graces our screens has taken over and its getting harder and harder to see anything decent on Free to air. I think I will give up on TV and go back to having NO Tv in my house....

Message Posted On Jan 27th, 2013, 8:12 pm
"Unwatchable garbage" my ass. Honey Boo Boo is unwatchable garbage. Apt. 23 was a funny show.

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Message Posted On Jan 27th, 2013, 7:08 pm

Apt. 23 is unwatchable garbage, but Happy Endings is a great show. I hope it gets picked back up. Saying that Apt. 23 was a smart show is an insult to amazing shows like "Arrested Development" and "Better of Ted" that were phenomenal but somehow got cancelled anyways.


Message Posted On Jan 24th, 2013, 7:44 am
I think ABC Programming doesn't actually watch the programs they air. They keep rolling out stupid shows... The Chew, The Taste... what is next The Drink? Lets hope a cable channel will pick up where ABC drops the ball. Apt 23 is smart show, and talent actors to bring it together. I wont watch The Taste. I pay for FOOD Network, and if I want to watch shows like that, I will turn the dial! As for Apt 23 -- maybe TBS will come to the rescue?


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Message Posted On Jan 23rd, 2013, 12:35 pm

You're right Last Resort wasn't pulled off the air, so much as ABC declined to pick up the season's "back-nine" episodes, which is effectively a cancellation for a freshman series. As for the show pages here, the last thing you wrote is correct. ABC has used this particular tactic enough times that we feel 100% confident in labeling them as canceled.


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Message Posted On Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:50 am

'Why Happy Endings (which draws nearly as awful ratings as "the B") is getting a stay of execution is unclear'


Happy Endings seems to be one of those shows with a good luck charm.  It's in its 3rd year now, and I seem to recall it being on the "bubble" for both of its renewals.  I guess we'll see whether its luck holds out enough to get it a 4th year.


'ABC never "officially" canceled Last Resort or 666 Park Avenue after pulling them off the air either'


As far as I can tell, Last Resort wasn't pulled off the air.  According to the TV Rage guide, it aired nearly every week from its premiere until the holiday skipped the 1st and 22nd of Nov., but that's it.  As well, it's been on both of the weeks since the holiday break ended, and the last of its 13 episode order is scheduled to air tomorrow.


Heh.  I don't recall seeing an "official" cancellation of those shows either, but I noticed that the TV Rage quide for Last Resort lists its status as "Final Season" (???) and the guide for 666 Park Avenue lists its status as "Canceled/Ended".  Looks like someone has jumped the gun a bit :-)  Or else they've just acknowledged the inevitable :-)


Lord Omega

Message Posted On Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:11 am
What the hell is wrong with ABC? Stupid executives. This is one of the best new comedies out there, with really smart writing and great interaction between the characters. You really make bad decisions alphabet network, hire new people to make the right ones.

Message Posted On Jan 23rd, 2013, 3:10 am
All good shows get canned by these morons. As soon as a fan base is established the show vanishes form the airwaves. Then they wonder why nobody wants to watch new shows? People know the ropes now, it's a waste of time, too many half finished series.
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