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Jimmy Kimmel recreates “Friends” with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow Kimmel “spent” $80,000 building an exact replice of the Rachel and Monica’s apartment so that his “Friends” fan fiction dreams could come true. Shonda Rhimes to make her acting debut on “The Mindy Project” The “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho will play herself on one of her favorite shows. Karen Gillan takes the Ice Bucket Challenge The former “Doctor Who” star got drenched by her “Selfie” co-star John Cho. »
- Norman Weiss
Not to get caught up in the critical process, but the page of notes that an average screener generates were limited to two words regarding “Selfie,” an ABC sitcom that’s too precious by half: “Modern ‘Pygmalion.’ ” Granted, there’s much to be said about social media self-obsession in the digital age, but almost nothing memorable about it in this latest spin, which casts Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley, a young woman prone to bad decisions; and John Cho as her buttoned-up co-worker, who assumes the challenge of making her over. Is it worth watching? With apologies to Prof. Higgins, not on a bet.
A sales rep, Eliza is introduced onboard a plane, humiliating herself with the married co-worker with whom she’s been carrying on. Realizing she’s not always the best steward of her own heavily narrated life, she begins talking to Henry (Cho), a marketing ace who »
- Brian Lowry
ABC debuted online today a preview of the pilot of its upcoming half-hour comedy Selfie. Were the leads of this limited but endearing sitcom anyone but the entirely charming, gifted pair of John Cho and Karen Gillan, it would fall flat. Yet, because of them, and a few hints of surprising writing nuance, it ultimately rather works.
Eliza Doolittle (Karen Gillan) is a social media guru with hundreds of thousands of online followers and (as she finds out in the pilot) no real friends. When she gets food poisoning on a flight full of her co-workers and lands herself in a completely humiliating situation, she winds up recruiting her firm’s top representation manager, Henry (John Cho), to overhaul her image. It is (very) loosely based on Pygmalion or as it’s more famously known, My Fair Lady.
My biggest fear going into this was that Eliza would not be »
- Claire Hellar
There was a time when two veteran straight actors such as John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, taking on the roles of a gay couple and their subsequent travails at married life would have been the tabloid equivalent of shock and awe. It still might raise some eyebrows, but Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange is a testimony to societal progress in terms of storytelling. Now it will face the box office as the Specialty title platforms this weekend via Sony Classics. A real-life gay marriage takes the spotlight this weekend courtesy of Starz Digital doc To Be Takei about the multi-faceted actor/activist and social media talent who is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in TV’s original Star Trek. It will be joined by Millennium Entertainment’s Are You Here with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler which will open day and date by Mad Men writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Brian Brooks
ABC has proven itself capable of delivering creatively strong comedies over the years, though almost all of them don’t last long (see: the late, lamented Trophy Wife, underrated gem Suburgatory, gone-too-soon Happy Endings, very funny Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, subversive Better Off Ted and, looking back further, cult classic Pushing Daisies). It’s too early to tell whether Selfie, starring Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame, will join that lineup of strongly written, low-rated comedies, but the pilot episode shows some promise, despite a few missteps.
Centering on Eliza Dooley (Gillan), a self-obsessed sales rep in her early twenties, Selfie takes aim at the general public’s crippling addiction to social media. Eliza is “Insta-famous,” having amassed 263,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Out of those ‘friends,’ though, she can only claim to know a select few. Everything about Eliza is built for public consumption, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The show follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social-media maven who has thousands of followers in her internet life but no friends in her real life. To remedy this problem, she turns to marketing expert Henry (John Cho) to help her go from a technology-obsessed internet celebrity to someone who can connect with humans in the real world.
Selfie premieres September 30 on ABC. »
- Ariana Bacle
With a full season on the way later in the year ABC have opted to make sitcom Selfie‘s opening episode available to the world ahead of its TV premiere on September 30th. Unfortunately it’s only viewable to those in America via Hulu. Just as Karen Gillan’s lead character Eliza Dooley throws it all out there to her army of followers on social media, so the network no doubt hope this move will gain the show some decent advance word. Gillan herself has been no slouch in this respect, posing for a comedic nude snap by way of promotion.
Eliza has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She »
- Steve Palace
The first episode of ABC's millennial comedy Selfie premieres September 30, and now you can stream the first episode online. Selfie is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady, which stars Doctor Who's Karen Gillan as "Eliza Dooley" a narcissistic social-media addict who hires a marketing guru, played by Harold and Kumar's John Cho, to rehabilitate her image after she accidentally stars in an unflattering viral video. Watch the pilot (or just pretend to watch the pilot while you check your Instagram) on Hulu. »
- Anna Silman
ABC teamed up with Hulu for the early release of the new show Selfie. The strangely titled show is a modern take on the classic My Fair Lady. The show stars Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan plays the main character Eliza Doolittle, who is a non-respected pharmaceutical sales rep. She decides to enlist the help of a branding expert. That is where John Cho’s Henry comes into play. He will be the sound voice in her world that helps her work out her image issues. The series will have the official premier on September 30th.
The show seems to be not showing a lot of support yet. Fans have avoided the subject of the possible nightmare of being common with the supposed musical that it is inspired by-while it premiers. The show doesn’t seem to hold a lot of hope right now. Maybe that is why ABC decided »
- Sarah Peel
The latest marketing move from ABC for its upcoming sitcom “Selfie,” if nothing else, is fitting with theme.
The Alphabet debuted the pilot of the series on Hulu and ABC.com ahead of its premiere next month. The show, a modern retelling of “My Fair Lady,” stars Karen Gillan of “Doctor Who” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame as Eliza Dooley, a narcissist who is obsessed with becoming famous over social media. John Cho plays a marketing guru who helps her rebrand her image after a video of hers goes viral, showing her there’s more to it than Facebook and Twitter — hence, the irony of debuting the show via social media.
Still, to debut a show over social media that targets Millennials is certainly appropriate for its desired audience. The show is not set to premiere on ABC for more than a month, with an airdate of Sept. 30.
- Alex Stedman
ABC has released the pilot for new comedy, “Selfie,” online ahead of its fall television premiere in September. On the series from “Suburgatory” creator Emily Kapnek, “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan jumps the pond to the U.S. and tries her hand at a sitcom. Also read: ABC Renews ‘Agents of Shield,’ Goldbergs,’ ‘Modern Family'; Orders ‘Marvel's Agent Carter,’ ‘Forever,’ ‘Selfie’ In a nod to George Bernard Shaw's play, Gillan plays social media superstar Eliza Dooley. When a workplace mishap goes viral, she realizes it's time to find real friends. She enlists co-worker and marketing guru, Henry (John Cho), to “rebrand” her self-obsessed reputation. »
- Jethro Nededog
But why take our word for it? You can now watch the entire pilot of the freshman comedy — which is based on My Fair Lady — below, via Hulu.
Related Fall TV First Impression: ABC’s Selfie
Written by Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, the laugher features Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley, a pharmaceutical sales rep overly obsessed with outward beauty, as well as her standing in social media. John Cho (Sleepy Hollow) co-stars as Henry, a branding whiz »
Although we’re yet to have an announcement from Paramount Pictures on who will be directing Star Trek 3, it seems like it’s all but official that Roberto Orci will be taking up the director’s chair vacated by J.J. Abrams, and now star Simon Pegg has echoed that sentiment, sharing a few thoughts on the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer taking over the reins on the sci-fi franchise:
“He emailed me before the news broke saying: ‘Hey man, I might be doing this, shall we nerd out?’” Pegg tells the BBC. “I’m really happy he’s doing it as it’s kept within the family kind of thing, it’s not somebody coming in from outside. Bob’s been there since the first Star Trek – by that I mean the 2009 one – so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a »
- Gary Collinson
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | ABC’s Selfie (Tuesdays at 8/7c, premiering Sept. 30)
The Competition | CBS’ NCIS, NBC’s The Voice, The CW’s The Flash, Fox’s Utopia
The word “millennial” has become a buzzy term over the past year thanks to online outlets that have supplied readers born between the ‘80s and early-‘00s with an endless supply of nostalgic content that has allowed them — or rather, us — to relive the good and bad of everyone’s younger years. (It’s not just BuzzFeed or Vulture. VH1 has also built a brand on nostalgia with I Love the… and our own online content that has us revisiting our favorite films and albums of a certain age.)
When it comes to one film studio (and brand) that has been a pivotal part of the millennial experience, it’s MTV Films. Founded in 1996, the studio was an offshoot of the music TV channel and has since produced the big screen versions of a number of MTV programs, such as Beavis and Butt-head and Jackass, as well as original hits, »
- Stacy Lambe
ABC had their Television Critics Association presentation on Tuesday, and we were there to get the latest scoop on their new fall TV lineup. Panels for Shonda Rhimes's new Viola Davis show, "How to Get Away With Murder" and the Anthony Anderson comedy "Black-ish" were among the highlights. What were some key takeaways from the network's big day?
1. ABC is "bullish" about Wednesday
So says ABC president Paul Lee, who was particularly enthusiastic about its comedy block that day this fall. "I personally believe 'The Goldbergs' is going to be discovered by a lot more people this year," he noted. There was a lot of love for the '80s-set comedy, which will now air between successes "The Middle" and "Modern Family."
2. There's a push for diversity
Lee also talked about the network's diverse programming."It is a mission statement to reflect America," he explained. "In a way it's »
- Alana Altmann
Studio Ghibli has long attracted big names to dubs its films in English. Though the company’s latest arrives in the wake of founder Hayao Miyazaki's reitrement, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is keeping the tradition going, hiring Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden and John Cho for the international version.Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter. In the yarn, a man finds a tiny girl inside the stalk of a bamboo. Deciding with his wife to raise her as their own, they see her become a beautiful young woman who attracts the interest of lots of suitors. But she hides a secret that might affect her life...Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata took on directorial duties for this one, and it’ll be interesting to see the tone brought by the man »
Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has had a long history of nabbing big-name actors for its films in U.S. distribution—from Christian Bale in Howl’s Moving Castle to Tina Fey and Matt Damon in Ponyo—and its latest release is no different.
U.S. distributor Gkids announced in a release today that Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) will voice the title role in The Tale of Princess Kaguya. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, and John Cho also lend their voices.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, »
- Jackson McHenry
Gkids, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the highly anticipated new feature from Studio Ghibli. It is the first film in fourteen years from legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. In addition to Chloe Moretz as The Princess Kaguya, the film features the voices of James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. (Full cast list below.) Gkids has North American distribution rights for the film and is planning a theatrical release starting October 17, with national expansion to follow. The film will qualify for the Academy Awards and other awards season contests.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Variety hailed it as "a visionary tour-de-force." Eight years in the making, the film is the untold story of The Princess Kaguya, »
Speaking in her native Scottish accent, Karen Gillan has one of the most charming and endearingly goofy voices in all of show business. So why on earth would "Suburgatory" alum Emily Kapnek — creator of "Selfie," a modern-day twist on "Pygmalion" starring Gillan as social media-obsessed Eliza and John Cho as Henry, the man who will turn her into a genuine lady — ask her to play the role as an American? "I don't find Karen's (real) accent that convincing," Kapnek joked during the ABC comedy's press tour panel. "People are charmed by it, but I feel like she's in and out of it a lot." More seriously, Kapnek argued, "Obviously, it's a very different story if you tell the story of a Scottish girl who is shunned by her co-workers; it takes on a different meaning." For her part, Gillan — alum of "Doctor Who" and soon to appear on movie screens »
- Alan Sepinwall
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