ABC’s "Scandal" and "Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23"
Two new spring replacement shows are sure to catch your older teen’s eye. Both on ABC, Scandal is a hour drama and the Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 is a half-hour comedy, but both put women front and center in interesting variations on the modern woman.
Scandal is the latest from Shonda Rhimes, better known as the creator of the mega-hit Grey’s Anatomy and respectable mini-hit Private Practice. I like Scandal’s concept: it stars a Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, an unapologetically direct, take-no-prisoners head of a firm of “fixers.” They take on clients who have found themselves at the center of a situation that COULD erupt into a major scandal. Olivia and her team get ahead of the story and diffuse the potential scandal before it has a chance to ignite.
Now, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 is another story. Krysten Ritter plays Chloe, a Holly Golightly party gal for the 21st century, and I’m already crazy about her. Chloe is just as much a fantasy character as Olivia Pope, but Chloe’s unbelievably nervy, blunt, and brave, in possession of an unshakeable ego and she’s got the soul of a con artist.
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