Stars: Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek, Eric Andre, Liza Lapira, Michael Blaiklock, Dreama Walker
Premiere Date: To be determined
Why we’re excited: Whenever Apartment 23 (initially titled Don’t Trust The Bitches In Apartment 23) premieres, its biggest talking point will most likely be the resurgence of James Van Der Beek, the fallen-off teen idol who’s playing a fictionalized, self-mocking version of himself on ABC’s promising sitcom. We’re not mad at that, but, for our money, the main reason to get excited about Apartment 23 is female lead Krysten Ritter, starring as one of two odd-couple roommates (the other is played by newcomer Dreama Walker) living in Manhattan.
If that set-up feels awfully familiar, that’s because Apartment 23 bears a striking and troubling resemblance to CBS’ freshman hit 2 Broke Girls. Hopefully, ABC’s show can work the same degree of wonders for Ritter that 2 Broke Girls has for Kat Dennings; like our April/May 2011 issue cover girl, Ritter has always won us over with her unassuming sexiness (see: Breaking Bad’s second season) and comedic timing (see: She’s Out Of My League). It’s about time that she became a household name.
14. Apartment 23