• Selfie: “All I Want is a Tweet Somewhere…”

    by  • September 12, 2014 • Internet Safety, Paleyfest • 2 Comments

    Selfie tells a My Fair Lady story in today’s social media-obsessed world.Selfie

    Eliza Dooley is a woman obsessed with becoming famous through the use of social media…until a sudden hit to her online popularity makes her realize that she needs actual friends, not just people she “friends” online. Eliza asks snobbish marketing guru Henry Higenbottam to take on the challenge of transforming the shallow, image-obsessed Eliza into a real human being. But Eliza’s journey may affect the closed-off workaholic Henry and change in the process.

    Loosely based on My Fair Lady (note the characters’ names), Selfie contains some risqué content which may concern parents. Describing her transformation from “most butt” in high school to her current “fab” self, Eliza notes, “I blew out my curls and pushed out the girls.” She has also been carrying on an affair with a married co-worker, and later makes a casual reference to anal sex (“No backdoor stuff”) to an appalled Henry. There is also little appeal in a show about a vapid narcissist and a hyper-critical workaholic; who exactly are audiences supposed to be rooting for? Finally, it is difficult to see how the show’s premise can be sustained for an entire season…let alone how long viewers will be able to tolerate non-stop dialogue like, “OMG! I was totally LOL’ing. Hashtag loser!”  

    Selfie premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

    Take a look yourself and tell us what you think in our comments below!



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Selfie: “All I Want is a Tweet Somewhere…”

    1. J. R.
      September 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      I watched the pilot via the ABC app. Although there was no doubt in my mind that this was a grownups-only comedy, I also was amused. I also liked the whole cast, and I feel that as the show goes on, the 2 main characters will redeem themselves into people we can root for. I intend to watch it for the cast, and for the resemblance to “Pygmalion”, which is the original source material for both this show and for “My Fair Lady”.

    2. Baiba Kreger
      September 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Nothing but trash here. I will not be watching this show.

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