“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23”
Wednesday 9:30pm, ABC
ABC continues its trend of ordering shows with controversial titles (see “Good Christian Bitches”) and then castrating them into near meaninglessness (which became “GCB”). The titular “B” of this new sitcom is played by Krysten Ritter, who you may remember as the lovely, doomed Jane on “Breaking Bad.” Here she gets to flex her comedic chops as Chloe, hilariously awful roommate of a wide-eyed Midwestern transplant to the Big Apple. Chloe is what “Top Model” contestants refer to as a “fun bitch,” which means she delights in stirring up shit and lets fly with the acid-tinged zingers. Her best friend on the show is erstwhile Dawson, James Van Der Beek, playing the exaggerated douche bag version of himself that has made him a resurgent cult icon since the “Creek” dried up nearly a decade ago.
Sunday 10:30pm, HBO
This new sitcom comes from indie auteur Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and executive producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), and might be best described as the anti-“Sex and the City.” “Girls” documents four bright 20something women trying to make the transition from college to the real world in contemporary New York City. While the concept is similar to “SATC,” and the themes of careers, responsibilities, love, and sex, are all obviously at play, “Girls” promises a more thoughtful, realistic take. Interestingly, Dunham’s co-stars on the show are all the daughters of prominent men in the entertainment world: Jemima Kirke (daughter of the drummer of Bad Company), Allison Williams (daughter of NBC News’ Brian Williams), and Zosia Mamet (daughter of playwright David Mamet).
Monday 10pm, Logo
Gay network Logo created a minor kerfuffle in the LGBT community a few months back by announcing that it was broadening its original programming scope. The focus will remain on shows that appeal to gay audiences—and other markets, like women —but that aren’t necessarily built around gay stars. “Eden’s World” is Logo’s first attempt to break out of the rainbow-colored box. The reality series chronicles the life of Eden Wood, previously of “Toddlers & Tiaras,” who retired from the child-pageant world at age 6. Now Eden is taking to New York in the hopes of breaking into mainstream entertainment. If you find child pageants fascinating or horrifying (or both), this one’s for you. Personally, I’m glad I had parents who knocked some sense into me. I fear for this kid in 15 years.