Krysten Ritter was a shining (albeit rather mean) light on ABC’s short-lived “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” but the good news is that the actress already looks to be moving on with a new series.
Sources confirm that Ritter has landed the lead role on the NBC comedy pilot “Assistance,” which is produced by some big names in Funny or Die founders Adam McKay in Will Ferrell. The premise here is rather simple: Ritter will play Nora, an engaging but thoroughly overworked personal assistant who is constantly struggling to balance out her career, as she aspires to one day be a major movie producer, and also her fiance and her personal life. Given the title, it should not surprise you that she works as a personal assistant, which is something that is a little bit refreshing to see on TV.
This pilot at the moment is the closest thing to “30 Rock” (R.I.P.) out of anything currently floating around out there, and Ritter’s considerable talents give it a little bit more weight. NBC could feasibly have a number of openings for comedies depending on how many that they want to order: as of this writing, pretty much everything not named “Parks and Recreation” on their schedule is in trouble, as “The Office” is ending and “Go On” has taken a nosedive without “The Voice” as a lead-in.
This is the second major NBC pilot scoop of the day, as it was earlier announced that Miranda Cosgrove will be joining Christina Ricci in a pilot about a woman who wakes up after nearly two decades in a coma to realize that she has a nearly-grown daughter she never knew about. The network has already ordered one comedy officially in Michael J. Fox’s “based on a true story” series.
We should have more scoop on Ritter’s new series in the months ahead, so stay tuned!