Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of ABC comedies 'Apartment 23' and 'Work It' [Video]
ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing two midseason fish-out-of-water comedies: one about a Midwestern girl out of her element but finding her footing in the big city, "Apartment 23," and the other about two alpha males who pose as chicks to get jobs as pharmaceutical sales reps in "Work It."
"Apartment 23," formerly known as "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23," shows how fresh-faced heartland girl June (Dreama Walker, "Gossip Girl") gets taken for a ride when she moves to Manhattan. She toughens up with the "help" of her scamming roommate, Chloe (Krysten Ritter), and James Van Der Beek (playing himself, or a snarky version thereof).
The comedy comes from writer/creator Nahnatchka Kahn ("American Dad").
"Work It," latching onto the current "mancession," centers on two friends who masquerade as women -- Spanx, stilettos and all -- to find good-paying jobs. It's a mix of workplace, buddy and family comedy, leaving romance the only TV trope uncovered. (Chances are that'll happen, too).
The series stars Ben Koldyke ("How I Met Your Mother") and Amaury Nolasco ("Prison Break"), along with Beth Lacke ("Happy Hour"), Rebecca Mader ("Lost") and John Caparulo ("Chelsea Lately). It comes from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen ("Friends," "Rules of Engagement").
-- T.L. Stanley