ABC’s new comedy “Selfie” is bound to please audiences if they can get past the show’s title. The half-hour, single-camera sitcom follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social media maven who realizes that she doesn’t have any real friends. She goes to her company’s marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to rebrand herself -- she wants people to like her, not just her posts. Here are a few things you should know about “Selfie”:
1. Ignore the title. Despite “Selfie” sounding like a gimmicky show that’s trying a little too hard, the writing hits the right jokes.
2. The show isn’t dissing social media or judging you for using it. Eliza is obsessed with social media and herself, but the show doesn't seem like it's trying to say that everyone using social media is self-obsessed.
3. It’s a retelling of “My Fair Lady” and “Pygmalion.” You know you’ve heard this story before, and we all know how it ends. Still, “Selfie” feels like a fun, fresh take on the makeover story.
4. There isn’t a trace of science fiction in “Selfie.” Though science-fiction fans will recognize the actors, "Selfie" seems to be strictly set in the real world. Karen Gillan is not playing Nebula from “Guardians of the Galaxy” or Amy from “Doctor Who.” John Cho is not playing Sulu from “Star Trek.” (Though Gillan is definitely still wearing a wig after shaving her head for “Guardians.”)
5. Get ready to feel secondhand embarrassment. The road to being a caring person involves a lot of missteps for Eliza Dooley. For her, missteps involve a lot of public embarrassment.
6. The show has “Suburgatory” connections. “Selfie” creator Emily Kapnek also created “Suburgatory,” which was hilarious and canceled too soon. “Selfie” has the same kind of humor, but hopefully won’t meet the same early cancelation.
7. Henry feels kind of like a parent. He doesn’t understand why people are addicted to the Internet or why they use words like “feels.” Cho feels a little too young to be playing someone so disconnected from technology, but the contrast with Gillan's character is fun to watch.
Find out more about “Selfie” by watching the pilot below via Hulu:
“Selfie” premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. Will you be tuning in? Sound off in the comments section below!