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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Courtesy photo) ABC's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" stars James Van Der Beek as James Van Der Beek, Krysten Ritter as Chloe and Dreama Walker as June.
"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" is really mean. And pretty funny.

Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is about a naïve young Indiana woman, June (Dreama Walker), who moves to New York City and, after a run of bad luck, moves in with constantly on-the-make Chloe (Krysten Ritter).

The sitcom has possibilities. It's weird, offbeat and pretty funny. And the presence of James Van Der Beek is all of the above - he plays a fictionalized version of himself, a has-been "Dawson's Creek" actor who is Chloe's platonic best friend.

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This is not "Friends." June is a nice person, but she might be the only one. And she quickly learns Chloe's mean game.

It is, however, pretty funny. Which is refreshing in a sitcom.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NBA (6 p.m. ROOT): Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets

Survivor: One World (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Rumors of a hidden immunity idol make for an interesting tribal council.

The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Frankie is inspired by the new pastor at church.

Betty White's Off Their Rockers (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Seniors ask for help texting an intimate message..

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The remaining contestants perform.

Suburgatory (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Dallas' divorce is final, and George is worried about her.

Best Friends (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Jessica butt dials her ex-husband.

Criminal Minds (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Morgan's sister sees a woman who looks like their presumed-dead cousin.

Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The family does some last-minute campaigning for Claire.

Rock Center with Brian Williams (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A report on allegations that a gun manufacturer is ignoring potential defects in its weapons.

Baggage Battles (8 and 8:30 p.m.; 11 and 11:30 p.m., Travel): This unlikely reality show is surprisingly entertaining. People go to auctions of unclaimed luggage at various spots around the globe, looking for treasures. And you wouldn't believe what's in some of those unclaimed bags.

CSI (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The team shuts down a casino in an effort to find the person who shot a guy at point-blank range.

Revenge (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): If you haven't been keeping up with this show - which is the most fun prime-time soap to come along in years - this hour recaps what's happened in the first 16 episodes. (An original episode of "Revenge" airs next week.)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Turns out a kidnapping may have been faked.

South Park (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Butters is bullied.

Hot In Cleveland(11 p.m.,TV Land): All four of the women go on, um, interesting dates.

Psych (11 p.m., USA): In the season finale, Shawn, Gus and Henry re-open a cold case after a body is found.

Happily Divorced (11:30 p.m., TV Land): Fran is thrown for a loop when Peter agrees to be the biological father of an old friend's children.

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