Saturday, April 30, 2011

Don't Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23 (ABC) by Nahnatchka Khan

What is it ? :
Comedy about an earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who is forced to move in with a sexy, unstable new york city party girl who has the morals of a pirate (futoncritic). It was written by Nahnatchka Khan (American Dad) and ABC gave it a pilot order.

Good/Bad :
If Don't Trust the Bitch isn't the the worst comedy script of the season, it's also far from the best. In the pilot, June, the ultimate cliche of naivety, moves to New York for work only to discover that the company who hired her declared bankruptcy. Broke, she decides to find a flatmate and comes across Chloe, the bitch, not in the lovable funny bitchy kind of way, just in the bitch way. Besides not being really funny, DTTB has the apparently recurring issue of having one-liners and scenes that are too vulgar to ever make it to the air on ABC. It isn't a few of them, it's more than half of them.

By the end of the pilot, it feels like the entire show has nothing more to offer, the bitch is actually not such a bitch and the naive is not so naive, it's incredebly predictable, dull and even if the relation between June and Chloe had its moments in the pilot, it seems there is hardly anything to add.

Supporting characters are inexistant besides being used as a punchline for yet more unfunny jokes while the two main characters simply lack of depth or anything that could get anyone to care for them.
I've always enjoyed unlikeable characters as long as I was given a reason to but much like the teenagers in I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Chloe, the bitch, is purely and simply a one dimensionnal bitch I do not care for.

From what I've been told, the script has changed a lot and I don't consider the whole concept of the show to be such a terrible idea, there might be a bit of hope for "DON'T TRUST THE BITCH IN APARTMENT 23".

Will it make it ?
The casting made this one kind of hard to pass on, especially since ABC really doesn't have anything better.

Will it work ?
As it is, I would have to say no.

Should it make it ?
I haven't read anything that made me hope so.

1 comment:

  1. What a great review... you've got me dying to read the script. How do you think something so awful got greenlit to pilot?