I know, I know. I’m a day late. So sue me!
It’s that time of year again where pretty much all your favorite shows are on summer vacation, and you have to find new ways to spend all of that extra free time (what’s that?) floating around. So, naturally, the first thing you’re gonna wanna do is check out what your NEW favorite show is gonna be next year!
That’s right, folks, it’s upfronts time! I know what you’re thinking – what the **** is an upfront? Don’t worry, I didn’t know either until about 5 minutes ago (INTERNET.). It’s that time of year when the networks begin to woo advertisers by releasing their new schedule for the upcoming year. This is when the renewals and cancellations become officially official, especially for shows in limbo (e.g. yay, Hannibal is renewed!). This is also the time we get our first sneak peek of the all the new shows. (If you’re especially interested about new shows/pilots being picked up, you can check out Variety’s TV Pilot Season Scorecard.)
From what I’ve seen so far, no new show has been more polarizing than Selfie, a series picked up by ABC. Selfie is My Fair Lady meets Myspace (or, you know, some other more relevant 21st century social networking site). It stars
AMY POND Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley, and John Cho as Henry Higgins.
- The cast. I mean, hello,
AMY PONDKaren Gillam! She brought to life what is BY FAR my favorite Doctor Who companion. If any of Amy Pond’s sass-tasticness makes it into Eliza, we’ve got a winner on our hands here.
- The inspiration. Who doesn’t love My Fair Lady? And who can’t relate to fact that world of social media can sometimes be the loneliest of places?
- The lingo. I can barely stand people speaking in hashtags online. I can’t imagine watching 30 minutes of it on TV.
- The characters. From my first look at the pilot, I don’t really like Eliza. And that’s a problem. Because I don’t think this show will succeed without Eliza being relatable in any way. And right now, from the trailer, she’s waaaaaaaaaay too shallow to be likeable in any way, shape, or form. She’s more of a caricature rather than a character.
My (Temporary) Verdict – Clearly, I’m gonna have to wait for the show to actually premiere. I think there’s a lot of room here for social commentary about the role of social media in society. For me, the success of the show depends on three main things:
- Making Eliza relatable.
- The chemistry between Eliza and Henry
- Use of the show’s comedy to walk that delicate line between social commentary and, well, trying to be too trendy.
Selfie is getting a firm commit of 2 episodes from me … and then I’ll make my final verdict.
Check out the teaser for Selfie here:
What do you think?