Today in show business news: ABC cancels its bitchiest comedy, TBS cancels its wedding band comedy, David Fincher considers getting Gone Girl, and the first big Sundance hit.
ABC has pulled its low-rated sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 from the airwaves, choosing to not air eight unseen episodes, which essentially means the thing's been canceled. One of the show's stars, James van der Beek, who plays James van der Beek, has confirmed the news on Twitter. The few but devoted fans of the series — which also features Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker as the titular bitch and her uptight roommate, respectively — are keening and rending their garments on Twitter and elsewhere, but van der Beek at least seems to be keeping a level head. He probably knows that he earned a lot of good will from the show and will probably be in good shape for other offers as pilot scene kicks into gear in the next month or so. So Katie Holmes's play closed two months early, Joshua Jackson's Fringe ended last Friday, and now van der Beek's show is over. When asked for comment, Michelle Williams said "Oh dear," before turning back to the pile of movie scripts that weren't going to read themselves. [Twitter]
Meanwhile, another former teen TV star is out of work. TBS has announced that it has canceled the sitcom Wedding Band after one season. That's the one featuring Brian Austin Green that was about, uh, a wedding band. The show also featured Harold Perrineau, which... Dude was on Lost and has worked with Anthony Hopkins and Leonardo DiCaprio (he was Mercutio!) and just had a small role in Zero Dark Thirty. Maybe this is good news for him. It's not great news for BAG, but then again, pilot season is starting and people do like him — he's handsome and charming and was great on Sarah Connor Chronicles — so maybe he'll do OK. Maybe. It's a tricky biz, this one they call show. But hey, BAG's been more employed than Ian Ziering of late, so he's at least got that goin' for him. That's gotta count for something. [The Hollywood Reporter]