Selfie (Pilot)

Starring: Karen Gillan, John Cho, David Harewood

A remake of My Fair Lady/Pygmalion, Eliza Dooley (Gillan) seeks out rebranding help from Henry (Cho). Eliza here is obsessed with being popular on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, and talks in hashtags. She realizes one day she has no real friends and needs to reinvent herself. She looks to Henry, who hates technology, and thinks Eliza can’t be helped… at first… but then accepts the challenge.

It’s a terrible title. It’s like Cougar Town and Trophy Wife. It’s been saddled with a title that might not even be relevant in 7 years. Unlike Trophy Wife and Cougar Town, it’s not a bonafide hit out of the gate. It’s a promising hit, for sure. It’s the kind of under-the-radar comedy that could break out with a loyal audience.

Henry: “The thing you’re most confused by?”

Eliza: “Plus sized skinny jeans. Like… why?”

Cho and Gillan are two promising leads. It’s written well. I don’t know how 22 episodes will pan out, but it could work out. I’m sure Henry will learn to be more fun from Eliza, and Eliza will learn from Henry, and they’ll fall in love.

I’ll probably be there when they do. Will you?

FINAL GRADE: B+

 

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