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Why you should care that 'Selfie' got canceled

Okay, cards on the table: I was not a huge fan of ABC’s Selfie when it premiered earlier this fall. In fact, here’s what I wrote about the show in EW’s Oct. 3 issue:

This spin on Pygmalion centers on Eliza Dooley (onetime Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan), a social-media-obsessed sales rep whose self-absorption masks a kind heart. Likewise, it seems that there could be a decent show trapped within Selfie; Gillan and her haughty Henry Higgins, John Cho, have nice chemistry, and creator Emily Kapnek boasts an enviable comedy résumé (Parks and Recreation, Suburgatory). Too bad the show’s cruel sense of humor and reliance on instantly dated references (“Make like Elsa and let it go”) may very well drive away viewers before they can see what Selfie and Eliza become. C

That would’ve been my last word on the subject—if I hadn’t started watching the series again on a whim last week. An hour and a half later, I had devoured the five episodes that had aired since the pilot—and discovered, much to my delight, that Selfie was actually becoming the series I wished it had been in the first place.

The next day, word broke that ABC was canceling the show. Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone? READ FULL STORY

Which new fall show will be canceled first?

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No network or producer wants their show to be the first voted off the broadcast prime-time island. Sure most new series attempts fail, but being the very first to get booted in the fall season is a special kind of shame; it usually means that critic and viewer rejection was swift and overwhelming.

Figuring out which will get axed first can be tricky. It’s not just about which has the lowest ratings, or is the least liked by critics or viewers, but other factors: How many episodes have aired? How strong is the competition? How did that time slot perform for the network last season? Does the network have another show that will perform better that’s ready to fill the space?

My thoughts: ABC’s Selfie has received the bulk of the social-media rage. (It must drive the producers bonkers that their comedy is slammed by people who loathe social media addicts—when the show is trying to mock social-media addicts. While Tuesday’s premiere rating was lousy, Selfie‘s lead-out, Manhattan Love Story, did even worse). Fox’s Red Band Society has almost no pulse, but it seems unlikely the network would let a Steven Spielberg-produced drama get axed first. Plus, Fox’s sick kids are doing better than Utopia—which is my bet for first canceled show (or, at minimum, first demoted show). Fox announced Utopia as a year-long social experiment. But it’s killing its two time slots on the schedule, plus providing a poor lead-in for the network’s Tuesday comedy block. At the very least, I bet this show is going to move off Tuesdays (update: called it!). We could also have ripe prime candidates for first axed show later this week when NBC rolls out Bad Judge and A to Z into the Thursday Night Football/Shondaland buzzmill.

Cast your vote below. You can pick two shows: READ FULL STORY

'Selfie' premiere react: It's not just Eliza who needs help

You’ve seen the basic story of Selfie before—it’s the modern-day My Fair Lady. Karen Gillan plays an updated, self-absorbed, Instagram-obsessed Eliza while John Cho serves as the titular Henry. Along with Selfie, fall’s TV lineup has seen a surge in the rom-com sitcom, including NBC’s A to Z and ABC’s other romantic endeavor, Manhattan Love Story. It would seem love is in the air… just not about Selfie. EW’s Esther Zuckerman and Kat Ward discuss whether the show can be saved from itself. READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'Selfie' pilot is now available to stream online

The pilot episode of Selfie, ABC’s new comedy inspired by My Fair Ladyis now available to stream on Hulu weeks ahead of its September premiere.

The show follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social-media maven who has thousands of followers in her internet life but no friends in her real life. To remedy this problem, she turns to marketing expert Henry (John Cho) to help her go from a technology-obsessed internet celebrity to someone who can connect with humans in the real world.

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ABC's new fall shows: A snap judgment

Superheroes and fairy tales dominated the midseason lineup at ABC’s upfront presentation, with shows like Galavant and Marvel’s Agent Carter coming soon. “We may be a terrible network,” joked Jimmy Kimmel, “but we are a great birthday party for a 6-year-old.” But for fall, ABC stuck to the basics: broad comedies, police procedurals, and Shonda Rhimes, whom ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee described as the Charles Dickens of our generation. Her latest show, How to Get Away With Murder, isn’t exactly Great Expectations, but it might be the only new ABC series worth watching. Quick takes on the others follow below. READ FULL STORY

John Cho cast as lead in ABC comedy pilot 'Selfie'

John Cho (Star Trek Into Darkness, Harold & Kumar franchise) has been cast as the male lead in ABC’s half-hour comedy pilot Selfie.

Cho will play Henry, a self-assured, successful marketing expert who is “a different breed from today’s social media–addicted society.” As a challenge, he decides to “re-market” his coworker Eliza (Karen Gillan), a social media star with a bad reputation.

Selfie is from executive producer/writer Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory). The comedy, inspired by My Fair Lady, is described as “the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with ‘likes’ than being liked. After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media followers than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.”

The addition of Cho completes series regular casting on this project. He joins previously announced castmembers: Karen Gillan, David Harewood, Allyn Rachel, Tim Peper and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

 

 

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