TV networks have a tendency to believe that any technology-based trend should be ripe for comedy. This is a mistake, for so many of these ought to be the subject of tragedy.

ABC seems not to agree, as it has just begged for a pilot of a sitcom called “Selfie.”

“Selfie” will be a 22-minute montage of an unknown (but pretty) actor and actress taking pictures of themselves with their phones. He has a Nokia Lumia, she has an iPhone. Actually, that’s not quite right.

As Entertainment Weekly gushed on Thursday, it’s a “comedy inspired by ‘My Fair Lady’ (that) tells the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with ‘likes’ than being liked.”

  1. MikeN says:

    Sounds better than outsourced.

    • Brainiack says:

      Yes! This “Selfie” show sounds WAY better than American Idol, The Voice, Survivor, or even Big Brother.

      They already do several shows centering around YouTube! So you just know someone is eventually going to produce “Selfie”.

      Sooner or later, I predict they will do a show more true to it’s title. Something like, “Mental Poop (since you’re too lazy to change the channel or do anything else)”!

  2. spsffan says:

    It’s no stupider than some of the hit shows. Dancing with the stars? ZZ Top look alikes making bird calls? Modern Family ? Really????

    Reruns of Gilligan’s Island start to look good!

    • Brainiack says:


      Can we please go back to the old (stupid) formats where someone gives away money to a contestant for absolute idiocy? At least we got to see these contestants make complete fools out of themselves rather than making them believe they had something worth watching — things like talent!

      It seems more cruel to get a complete idiot “believing” in something that just isn’t true. (And I’m not into cruelty towards ANIMALS like that.)

  3. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and junior culture critic says:

    Nothing could be worse than the description given… I do assume the final product will be at least up to Kardashian levels. Ha, ha. I surfed onto that show and watched it for about 3 minutes. Pure dreck.

    Also while surfing I have caught a fair number of female movie stars and personalities say they follow the “Housewives of….wherever.” I have not yet fallen upon these shows but again assume they might be a touch better than the Kadashians? Character development over time?

    Yep, “real life” shows really are flooding the tv. Cheap to make and advertisers willing to buy time.

    Choices …… to each our own, just as it should be.

    • spsffan says:

      You know, there are certain things that pop up on my television that require me to change the channel: Donald Trump, Jim Cramer, George W. Bush, golf, Suzie Orman, and a host of others.

      Having a Kardashian show up is beyond changing the channel. I’m tempted to throw out the television and buy a new one. The new ones don’t implode like the old ones, so I wouldn’t bother with Elvis’s Robert Goulet treatment.

      • bobbo, we think with words and flower with ideas. There is a lot of history, wisdom, science, and common sense in the DICTIONARY. Pick it up from time to time says:

        HAH!!! Our list starts out the same. Got it in for Suzie Orman eh? Me too. simple advice for even simplier people.

        Host: almost any and every politicians. The only interest I can muster is gauging how close to the party line they tote the message.

        “Elvis’s Robert Goulet treatment” /// I don’t get that reference although they do look the same in their prime. Read something a few months ago about Goulet that made me think he was a good man. Elvis was just an innocent lad that couldn’t handle fame without any other interests. Much like the Beebs of today showing how much more temptation to the dark side is out there today for all our Youths. Elvis would have offed himself much earlier if he was starting out now.

        Read a book……not just the TV Guide or People Magazine. does a person good.

        • mainecat says:

          There’s a story that Elvis shot a television in a hotel when Robert Goulet appeared on the Mike Douglas show. Several years later, a parody of the shooting was done on “Miami Vice” with Phil Collin’s character the victim. True or not, it’s been a cliche for sometime but may be fading.

          • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

            Thanks mainecat.

            All part of our common culture that make good touchstones to keep us all on the same page.

            Much better than the Greek Gods.

    • NewFormatSux says:

      Why are you two so unhappy with the Ks? According to research this is one of the top shows favored by Democrats over Republicans, right up there with Olberman on MSNBC.

  4. The Loner says:

    I am proud to say I have never watched any of these shows. Get a Roku box and pull the plug on commercial TV. Never look back.

  5. Cap'n Kangaroo says:

    At least the creators are attempting something a little bit original. As opposed to Hollywood movies which just seem to keep remaking the same handfull of scripts with different stars and special effects. Did we really need a remake of “True Grit” or a movie version of ANY old TV series. God forbid they should try a movie version of “The Rockford Files”. It would be sacrelidge.

  6. Jen Quintero says:

    The days of TV as we know it are numbered
    How the average American or Mexican can sit in Laredo and watch hours and hours of these examples of mind numbing “entertainment” is beyond a question of good taste “moreover”


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