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24 great comedy shows that deserve more love

13 November 2014 3:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...

Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.

To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.

Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people, »

- louisamellor

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Forever episode 8 review: The Ecstasy Of Agony

12 November 2014 1:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Forever is sticking around for a 22-episode season, and has delivered a stronger-than-usual episode to celebrate...

This review contains spoilers.

1.8 The Ecstasy Of Agony

Before I cover this week’s episode, ABC has released some interesting news that somewhat flummoxed this reviewer. Having viewing figures that spoke termination for this show, ABC has amazingly announced a full season order for it. As I actually rather like this show's sensibilities, I was hoping it might make the half season, but the full 22-episode order is beyond my wildest expectations. In the same announcement the Karen Gillan and John Cho sitcom Selfie got the bullet, to remind us that ABC hasn’t entirely gone soft.

As if to celebrate its new longevity, Forever delivered a much stronger episode than we’ve had for a while with The Ecstasy Of Agony. As the title implies, it's thematically about sadomasochism, though it actually encompasses »

- louisamellor

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Six ways to fix 'Sleepy Hollow'

11 November 2014 2:58 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

First, let's make one thing clear: I love Sleepy Hollow. I love its bonkers kitchen-sink sensibility, and its genuinely scary, tactile, non-computer-generated monsters, and its strong, diverse ensemble, and, most importantly, its delightfully daffy sense of humor. That being said... Sleepy shocked everyone when it debuted to huge ratings last year, attracting nearly 14 million viewers and becoming the first new show to be renewed for a second season. Yet that second season—which promised to be bigger, better, and in every way more epic than the first—has struggled to replicate season 1's success. Ratings are down across the board »

- Hillary Busis

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Why you should care that 'Selfie' got canceled

11 November 2014 8:49 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Okay, cards on the table: I was not a huge fan of ABC's Selfie when it premiered earlier this fall. In fact, here's what I wrote about the show in EW's Oct. 3 issue: This spin on Pygmalion centers on Eliza Dooley (onetime Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan), a social-media-obsessed sales rep whose self-absorption masks a kind heart. Likewise, it seems that there could be a decent show trapped within Selfie; Gillan and her haughty Henry Higgins, John Cho, have nice chemistry, and creator Emily Kapnek boasts an enviable comedy résumé (Parks and Recreation, Suburgatory). Too bad the show's cruel sense »

- Hillary Busis

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Jay Leno teases Jimmy Fallon in his 'Tonight Show' return

8 November 2014 1:15 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jay Leno teases Jimmy Fallon in his "Tonight Show" return Before sitting down with his predecessor, Fallon allowed Leno to do a full standup set. Leno and Fallon then recalled all the photoshoots they did, showing pictures that never saw the light of day. Leno also made fun of Fallon for his lack of knowledge of cars, at one point grabbing Fallon’s “puppy paw” hand, and saying. "This is the hand of a 5-year-old and it's actually pink." Plus: Watch Leno crack up Fallon while joking about NBC. NBC reveals its fall finale dates “The Blacklist’s” fall finale is on Monday. MTV: We have nothing to do with “The Osbournes” reboot Sharon Osbourne said on a British chat show that they’re about to film eight episodes of their old reality show, but she never specified if they had a network home. Click Read Full Post For More »

- Norman Weiss

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Selfie

7 November 2014 3:46 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: ABC

Episodes: 13 (half-hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 30, 2014 -- Tbd

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Karen Gillan, John Cho, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Allyn Rachel, and David Harewood.

TV show description:

This comedy series is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. It follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) -- a "social media superstar." She has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet, and selfie. However, after a mishap on a worktrip goes viral, she realizes that being "instafamous" isn't all it's cracked up to be. Being friended is not the same as having real friends.

Frantic, Eliza enlists her co-worker, marketing guru Henry Higgs (John Cho), to help 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. At first, Henry wants nothing to »

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Selfie: Sitcom Cancelled by ABC

7 November 2014 3:40 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Trends in social media come and go -- and so do sitcoms about them. ABC has decided against ordering any additional episodes of their low-rated Selfie sitcom, effectively cancelling it.

On the Selfie TV show, social media superstar Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) realizes that she's disconnected from the real parts of her life and enlists her company's marketing guru, Henry Higgs (John Cho), for help. The rest of the cast includes Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Allyn Rachel, Tim Peper, Natasha Henstridge, and David Harewood.

The sitcom got off to a mediocre start on September 30th, registering a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.31 million viewers. The ratings took a big dive in week two, falling to a 1.1 in the demo and 3.77 million. The numbers dipped lower as the weeks progressed. This week's registered a 0.9 rating with 3.23 million. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Selfie: Season One Ratings

7 November 2014 3:37 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC hasn't had much success with sitcoms on Tuesday nights but they're going to try again. Will Selfie be a hit in the ratings or a flop? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

On the Selfie TV show, social media superstar Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) realizes that she's disconnected from the real parts of her life and enlists her company's marketing guru, Henry Higgs (John Cho), for help. The rest of the cast includes Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Allyn Rachel, Tim Peper, Natasha Henstridge, and David Harewood.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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"Selfie" Canceled by ABC -- See Which Other Shows Got the Axe!

7 November 2014 1:15 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

ABC will not be taking another "Selfie."The network has opted not to order more episodes of the freshman comedy series, which centers on the life of Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) -- a woman obsessed with the idea of achieving fame through social media, who seeks the help of image guru Henry Higgs (John Cho). ABC said the comedy will be on next Tuesday, but it's unclear how many of the remaining episodes will air beyond that. But "Selfie" isn't the only new show to get the axe! ABC made the first cancellation of the season, cutting the low-rated romantic comedy "Manhattan Love Story" after just four episodes. And while NBC hasn't officially pulled the plug on "Bad Judge" or "A to Z," they didn't pick up additional episodes like they did for "Marry Me," meaning they're both essentially dunzo.Fox also axed on "Utopia," its "social experiment" reality show. »

- tooFab Staff

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'Forever' gets a full season from ABC, 'Selfie' will not

7 November 2014 12:44 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beating accusations of a Friday Afternoon News Dump by a few hours, ABC confirmed a Good News/Bad News proposition this morning. Which would you like first? Fine. We're cockeyed optimists here, so we'll go "good news" first. "Forever" has been given a full-season order by ABC, which picked up a back-nine for the immortality-fueled procedural, which stars Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza and Judd Hirsch. In live ratings, "Forever" had a so-so start, but has struggled lately drawing audiences hovering a bit under 5 million viewers. DVR figures have been better, with Live+7 figures bringing "Forever" to nearly 8.8 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 through its opening month. Mostly though, what "Forever" has had in its favor is a cursed time period on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Last season, that hour was responsible for the season's first cancellation in "Lucky 7" and for midseason failures "Killer Women" and "Mind Games. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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See Ichabod and Abbie take on a succubus on next week's 'Sleepy Hollow'

7 November 2014 11:57 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Horsemen of the Apocalypse, vengeful ghosts, a Golem, an evil Sandman, a Wendigo, Zombie John ChoSleepy Hollow's main duo (Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie) have fought myriad colorful monsters over the past season-and-a-half. But they've never had to do battle with a demon in heels. At least, until now. Enter the Succubus, the antagonist of this week's episode. She's a devil in a black dress with red skin, wickedly curved horns, and a penchant for targeting handsome dudes—which may be how Matt Barr's Nick Hotley (sorry, Hawley) finds himself caught in her crosshairs. Watch their encounter »

- Hillary Busis

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Rip, Selfie

7 November 2014 11:40 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

ABC has canceled Selfie, in a move that shocks none but saddens a few. The freshman sitcom has aired six episodes so far, and ABC's current plan is to still air at least one more, which seems like an excellent strategy all around. Selfie, a modern-day take on Pygmalion, had glimmers of promise but ultimately was not as good as one would want it to be, especially given the intense charm of its leads, John Cho and Karen Gillian. Fly your hashtags at half mast, kids. »

- Margaret Lyons

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ABC Cancels Selfie

7 November 2014 11:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hot on the heels of picking up Ioan Gruffudd starrer Forever for a back-nine order, ABC has pulled the plug on freshman comedy Selfie, opting not to order any more installments past the series’ initial 13-episode order.

It was always an uphill battle for the social media-centric comedy, which starred Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan and Harold and Kumar‘s John Cho. Well ahead of its September premiere, the pilot was derided by critics who took umbrage with its on-the-nose title, uneasy blend of gross-out gags and pop culture references and deliberately unlikable lead.

And when it finally did arrive, Selfie received a mediocre 5.3 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-to-49, immediately raising questions about whether ABC would stick with it. As subsequent episodes dropped viewers, Selfie‘s chances of survival grew increasingly slim.

Selfie will still air remaining episodes in its Tuesday 8 p.m. time slot, but it »

- Isaac Feldberg

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ABC Just Canceled This Fan-Favorite Comedy

7 November 2014 11:11 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Please let's have a moment of silence for ABC's Selfie. Actually, do the opposite and let the spirit of Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) compel you and take to Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat to express your heartache! The ABC comedy from Suburgatory's Emily Kapnek, described as a modern-day My Fair Lady, has been axed. Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy veteran Gillan played the vapid and social-media obsessed Eliza who seeks the guidance of marketing genius Henry (John Cho) to help rebrand her image. As the two worked together, with her helping him be more social, sparks started to blossom. Click: The best and worst new shows, according to you! Selfie joins fellow Tuesday night »

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ABC Gives Forever a Full Season Order, Cancels Selfie

7 November 2014 11:11 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

ABC has announced some good news for Forever fans and some pretty sad news for Selfie watchers today. The network is picking up the freshman drama about the eternal doctor Henry Morgan but cancelling the new comedy series, starring Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillian and Sleepy Hollow‘s John Cho. Forever‘s full season order from ABC is a little surprising. The series hasn’t received any critical acclaim and has been struggling in the ratings, premiering to 6.9 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo  and nabbing only a 1.1 rating, along with 5 million viewers in its most recent episode. Perhaps ABC sees creative promise in Forever or likes the similarities that the series bears with the network’s Castle. Meanwhile, the cancellation of Selfie is, unfortunately, not shocking at all. The comedy has been struggling to attract viewers since its premiere, and despite the show having improved »

- Chris King

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ABC Cancels ‘Selfie’

7 November 2014 10:58 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has effectively canceled “Selfie,” the freshman comedy starring Karen Gillan and John Cho. The Alphabet net will not order any additional episodes beyond the show’s initial 13, leaving its chances of survival slim. The laffer was created by Emily Kapnek, who also created ABC’s “Suburgatory,” which was canceled in May after three seasons.

In Nielsen’s “most current” ratings, “Selfie” was averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall.

ABC has also canceled “Manhattan Love Story,” and picked up full seasons of “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Black-ish” and “Forever.”

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- Laura Prudom

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ABC Ending 'Selfie'

7 November 2014 10:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC has had enough of Selfie. The network is not ordering additional episodes of the rookie social media-centered half-hour comedy beyond its initial 13-episode order. Read more ABC's 'Manhattan Love Story' Canceled Selfie, which stars Doctor Who's Karen Gillan and John Cho, is currently scheduled to air on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in its regular 8 p.m. time slot. It remains unclear whether the series from creator Emily Kapnek will remain on the schedule beyond that. Selfie had a tall mountain to climb from the outset. Expected to open Tuesdays for ABC this fall, the comedy failed

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- Philiana Ng

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'Selfie' canceled by ABC

7 November 2014 10:48 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

ABC won't take another Selfie. The network has ruled out buying any more episodes of the freshman comedy series beyond its initial order of 13. It's unclear for the moment how many of the remaining episodes will air. ABC says the comedy will be on next Tuesday, but the show's fate beyond that is uncertain. The network just announced holiday specials would be photo-bombing Selfie's slot throughout most of December. Last month ABC axed Selfie's even lower-rated time-slot companion Manhattan Love Story, yet kept Selfie around for a little while longer to see how it would perform on its own. »

- James Hibberd

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ABC Pulls the Plug on 'Selfie'

7 November 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Selfie," we hardly knew ye!

ABC isn't ordering more episodes past the initial 13. It will air on Tuesday, but it sounds like that's all she wrote. The 21st century take on "My Fair Lady" and "Pygmalion" stars Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley (you know, like Eliza Doolittle) as a young gal who's obsessed with ephemeral social media fame and/or how many "likes" her most recent Instagram selfie has gotten. John Cho costars as Henry Higgs (like Henry Higgins!), a coworker who's a marketing guru who's tasked with remaking Eliza into someone a little more human.

You can snag "Selfie" on Hulu or ABC's official site, based on your cable provider.

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- Jenni Miller

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Evening TV Round-Up: 'Selfie,' 'New Girl' & 'The Mindy Project'

4 November 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been a while since I've done a comedy round-up post, but I happened to see tonight's episodes of "Selfie," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" in advance, and this seems a good opportunity for a quick check-in on each, coming up just as soon as I put you on a waterslide between two obese people... I really didn't like the "Selfie" pilot, and the next few episodes didn't seem like an enormous improvement. Karen Gillan got more comfortable delivering jokes with the American accent, and Charmonique's son was an unexpected goldmine, but the show as a whole felt wildly imbalanced and clumsy, despite my inherent like of both Gillan and John Cho. But tonight's episodes — airing as a double-feature after "Manhattan Love Story" went where all awful, low-rated sitcoms go(*) — felt like a much better use of all the resources available to Emily Kapnek and company. Gillan continued to »

- Alan Sepinwall

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