Apartment 23 cancelled, say stars

NATHAN OLIVIERI
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2013
Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23

UNTRUSTWORTHY MOVE: Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 stars James van der Beek, Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker.

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The edgy comedy Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 has been pulled off air midway through its second season by American network ABC.

The decision not to air the final eight episodes effectively renders the show cancelled.

Whilst no official statement has been issued by ABC, its stars took to Twitter to reveal the show's fate.

Lead actress, and titular character, Krysten Ritter confirmed what is practically an industry certainty when shows are unexpectedly removed from a station's schedule with unaired episodes in tow.

"My beloved fans, sad to confirm that it is true. Don't Trust the B--- #apt23 has been cancelled. thank you so much for your support i love u," Ritter said via Twitter.

James Van Der Beek, the ex-Dawson's Creek actor who plays a fictionalised version of himself on the show, lamented "Sad to say ABC has pulled #Apt23 and will not be airing the 8 remaining episodes any time soon. Translation: we've basically been cancelled."

The show, which airs locally on Four, saw a significant ratings slump in its second season in the US despite critics praising the show's unpredictability and offbeat humour.

Avid fans had already taken to social media from up to a month ago in an attempt to save the show from extinction, aware that frequent timeslot reshuffles and a lack of confirmation from the network on the show's future were ominous signs.

Van Der Beek acknowledged that many watched the show outside of its schedule, a "time-shifting" phenomenon which ratings system cannot ultimately account for.

"I know most of you watched us on your own time & platform and that the competitive network scheduling game is irrelevant to you," Van Der Beek tweeted, "but network TV is a business dictated by Nielsen ratings. And while that's an antiquated business model, it's the only one they've got."

However, he refused to blame ABC for the decision, and instead praised the network for taking a punt on an unorthodox concept.

"And please, no bashing ABC," he said via Twitter. "While I'm sure no one there would say they think they nailed it when it came to programming #Apt23 this year, you've got to give ABC props for ever picking us up in the first place. They took a shot at something original & edgy. I respect them for it."

It is unclear at this stage whether the final episodes of the second season will remain unseen, or whether they will air during the ratings off-season in the US summer.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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