ABC's Selfie: You Can't Do the Internet on Television

Sitcoms like Selfie never quite get the Internet right
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Selfie, an ABC sitcom that’s a contemporary riff on My Fair Lady, substitutes a twentysomething pharmaceutical sales rep named Eliza Dooley for Eliza Doolittle and a marketing whiz co-worker, Henry Higgs, for Professor Higgins. But the actual update is digital. Within the first three minutes of the pilot, Eliza reveals herself as “Internet-famous”—the target of online praise and derision. A phone to her nose at all times, she’s a caricature of online obsessives, a beast raised in captivity with Wi-Fi.

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