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ABC Series Gets the Ax

Nov 7, 2014  •  Post A Comment

An ABC series has been added to the list of fall cancellations. The network has pulled the plug on the comedy series “Selfie,” Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva reports.

“ABC has opted not to order more episodes of ‘Selfie’ beyond the initial 13,” Andreeva reports. “Unlike ‘Manhattan Love Story,’ which was pulled effective immediately, ‘Selfie’ will be on this coming Tuesday but its scheduling beyond that is unclear.”

The story reports that two fresh episodes of the show that aired this week “each logged an underwhelming 0.9 in 18-49 (Live+same day).” The report hints that a similar performance next week could get the show pulled off the schedule before all 13 episodes air.

“As I have pointed out a number of times, ‘Selfie’ and ‘Manhattan Love Story’ had the odds stacked against them by being scheduled in the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour — new series with no big marketable stars, no lead-in and little promotion,” Andreeva writes. “‘Selfie,’ which had higher pre-launch online awareness, probably because of its social media-friendly title, did better than ‘Manhattan Love Story,’ but in the end, that wasn’t enough to keep it going.”

It has been a tough season for new comedies, and especially for romantic comedies. Andreeva notes that three of the four new sitcoms that have been canceled so far were rom-coms: NBC’s “A to Z” in addition to the two ABC series. NBC’s “Bad Judge” was also canceled, while no broadcast dramas have yet been canceled.

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4 Comments

  1. I actually grew to like “Selfie”. I’m sorry to see that it has been cancelled.

  2. Sorry to see it go, but I didn’t see longevity there.

  3. I agree with John and RS above. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this show. I must admit that when I first heard about it I thought it was a stupid ides. Curiousity got the best of me and I watch a sneak preview of the show. I wondered what a comedy staring Mr. Sulu and Amy Pond would be like. I was very surprised how good it was. Any show that gets me to laugh out loud works for me. Like RS I did wonder about the longevity of the idea…To Emily Kapnek and everyone involved in Selfie Thank You for a fun and entertaining show. Please be proud of your 13 shows and I hope this leads to other things. Please remember that cancellation does not mean failure.

  4. I too heard about this show because it made many “Worst of the Fall” lists. I watched the preview episode and have watched the subsequent episodes. Gillian and Cho were fun and engaging, but the stories and supporting cast were its downfall.

    It started with a TERRIBLE show name that was never going to help it, and the bad press before it even aired was the second strike. Really, though, a better written show could have survived that. It’s third strike was boring and obvious plots, and and underwritten supporting cast that could have carried the show until it got it’s footing, but instead helped bury it by giving the talented leads nothing to work off of.

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