‘SELFIE,’ SEASON ONE PILOT (2014). Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who) stars in this short-lived ABC pilot. All text is © Rissi JC and RissiWrites.com


September 3, 2014 16 Comments

When a favorite character disappears from your television screen and the actress who brings her to life appears on a new television show, chances are, you’ll be watching the new show. Selfie is the sho her face is the star of.

Selfie, Season One Pilot (2014) ABC TV Review

Social media is an addiction for Eliza (Karen Gillan). As the top producing sales representative for her company, Eliza is more excited about the number of “likes” she has than real life friendships. That’s all before her entire life becomes a joke when a video of her fashion disaster and losing her boyfriend goes viral; oh, yes, and all of this happens in front of her co-workers.  Desperate to leave behind that image in the rearview, Eliza returns to work hiding from the snickers of her co-workers. Willing to change that, she enlists the help of fellow co-worker and marketing guru, Henry (John Cho) to help rebrand her. Only trouble is, neither one realizes the challenge this task was going to be.   

If you’ve been seeing promotional spots or read about this, the familiar ring it gives is spot on. This new half-hour ABC comedy is inspired by My Fair Lady and it could be a darling little series. Though it’s only a “first impression,” I do like Selfie. I like what the writer’s do with the story, and enjoy being able to watch a 20-some minute show that puts a smile on my face. As a friendly warning, I will say, if you’re a purist, I’d advise you steer clear of this. It’s definitely 100% a loose update on the classic. However if you like something like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or Emma Approved, you might like this fresh, “hip” update on a familiar tale.

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Aside from the clever antidotes (which I’ll chat up more later on), what I like best about this is the opportunity to see Karen Gillan in something else. She plays a completely different character in this, which is what makes seeing her in American television such a fun experience. Eliza sets up to be a brash, uncaring person who is actually hiding a fragility. Then there is John Cho. I love this dude’s character equally well. He plays the “proper professor” very well and like Eliza, there is going to be more to his character; there’s a really cute scene between he and Eliza at the end of episode one that will – hopefully – set up a relationship.

Because of its 21st century setting, the writers takes liberties in adapting this and make Eliza selfish. She’s now a social media kind-of terror, who cares nothing for those around her and is happy to make fun of embarrassing flubs in cyberspace. Until she becomes that person. In order to make the show relevant, I actually think it’s a clever way to bring the story into modern times, plus it doesn’t hurt that the characters are easy to like. As someone who doesn’t watch 30-minute comedies, I will say that the pacing seems too quick, but that’s minor in the face of enjoyment. Starting off as a darling show in the 2014 line up, if the creator is smart, this can impart lessons. If not, it’s still a cute thing to consider adding to your DVR.    

Have you seen the pilot? If so, what did you think? Share any thoughts below. If not… chime in with what you expect from Selfie.  

Content; there are references to Eliza’s dress and her ability to close deals because of how she dresses. A woman is dating a married man, which she supposedly did not know about. We see an Instagram photo of a naked woman with hands covering her breasts. There may be one or two profanities. Selfie, season one pilot is TV-14.

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  • Jamie Lynne September 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Now I'm intrigued! I might have to watch the pilot :)

    • Rissi September 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      You should, Jamie – and if you do, come back and let me know what you think. :)

  • Hannah Barta September 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Oooh–reminiscent of Emma Approved? I'd love to watch this now! Haha. Although I have to admit to never being the biggest fan of My Fair Lady. . . .

    walking in the air.

    • Rissi September 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Really?? My mom isn't really a fan of My Fair Lady either, so who knows if she'd like this, but since I love modern adaptations (like Emma Approved or LBD), I'm all for the "cute factor." ;)

  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com September 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I loved it. I tried it on Renee's recommendation and I agree it is darling. The chemistry is fab already.

    • Rissi September 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Yes! There is definitely a cuteness overload in this pilot, Juju. Hope that continues because I'd love to have a show I watched that was just "bubbly" as opposed to mentally complex. :)

  • Birdie September 3, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I really liked the pilot (and was a bit disappointed when I discovered I had to wait almost a month for more episodes). It looks fun and fresh, though I do agree the pacing in this pilot was a bit off (but I guess you have to 'cram' loads of story into a pilot to hook people, so maybe this will change in the next episodes)

    • Rissi September 5, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Yeah, it is a bummer to have to await more episodes, Birdie, but I have to confess, I was just happy to have a chance to watch the pilot! It's SO cute and yes, as you say "fresh." Plus, it's nice to have something in my TV watching repertoire that's light and happy versus the crime dramas. Even thought those are awesome in their own way. ;)

  • Abbi Hart September 3, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    I have never been a big My Fair Lady fan but as soon as I heard Karen Gillan was going to be in it I knew I had to check it out! I thought it was great! Most of the episode had been given away in the trailer but I still enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the coming episodes!

    • Rissi September 5, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Ditto, Abbi. There was a lot to enjoy in this pilot – Karen being one of them. Perhaps that's why they released the pilot – they felt it was nearly spoiled. ;) Looking forward to more.

  • Anonymous September 5, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Rissi, this looks so cute! I'm really interested in this new show and am hoping that it will be good. Can't wait for the premiere of this one. And I had no idea it was inspired by Pygmalion/My Fair Lady! That makes it even more intriguing. : )

    Oh, and have you seen the new show on NBC: A to Z? I watched the pilot and really liked it. You should check it out; I'd love to hear your opinion!


    • Rissi September 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      It sure is, Cassie! But then, I'm probably biased since I just wanted to see Karen in something else – she was so memorable as Amy Pond. ;) Hope you enjoy this if/when you try it.

      Oo! Yes, I have heard of A to Z; I'll have to have a look for the pilot and try and write something up on it. I have another ABC pilot 2014 season review coming next week – it's kind of fun to watch the pilots of new shows just so I can get a feel for whether or not I'll be watching the DVD sets. :)

  • Bekah M. September 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I watched the pilot and thought it was surprisingly cute and funny. Will definitely be watching future episodes. Great review!

    • Rissi September 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      I'm glad, Bekah! I'm not sure how it'll work over time, however judging the pilot, it was really cute. Hope it stays that way. :)

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