Selfie

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I knew absolutely nothing about the premise of this show when I watched the pilot but soon discovered it was one of the best new sitcoms of the season. Naturally because it was so good, I was sure it would be cancelled and sure enough, I was right. But even though there is only a single season, Selfie is well worth your time. The plot is a fresh and modern twist on My Fair Lady, which is itself based on the ancient Greek story of Pygmalion. Karen Gillan is perhaps best known to American audiences as Amy Pond of Doctor Who, but I found myself doing a double take at her superlative performance as Eliza Dooley, a New York socialite obsessed with her following on social media. She absolutely nails the part, doing perhaps the best American accent I’ve seen a Brit do since Hugh Laurie on House. John Cho gets a chance to flex his comedic muscles as Henry Higgs, a far cry from his creepy role on Sleepy Hollow and the brash Sulu in the Star Trek reboot franchise. He’s an uptight ad executive, stiff and proper to a fault, who takes on fellow employee Miss Dooley as a sort of project. She’s become aware of some flaws in her character and begs Henry to help “re-brand” her. The writing is quite brilliant, the characters well drawn and the dialogue frankly hilarious. With just enough substance to keep it from being trite while still being hugely entertaining, I instantly fell in love with the show and am deeply disappointed it won’t get a chance to develop any further. – BETHANY

For more on this great show that never really had a chance, visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3549044/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) is practically surgically attached to her cell phone, constantly posting on social media to document her entire existence.

                                           Is this work appropriate attire?

Eliza in Henry Higgs’ office (John Cho)

Charmonique, the less than helpful receptionist for KinderKare Pharmaceuticals (Da’Vine Joy Randolph).

Henry, teaching Eliza to appreciate the finer things in life.  (Those tights are killing me!)

Well it’s been five minutes, so it’s time to post another selfie.

Henry escorts a more appropriately styled Eliza to a posh event.

Photos courtesy of Piece of Pie Productions, Warner Bros. Television and ABC.

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