New ABC Shows: Selfie & Forever

As TV’s fall season is about to start, you’re going to find tons of posts about the new shows – same on my blog. Today I want to take a closer look at ABC’s comedy Selfie and the drama Forever.

Selfie

I’ve made it no secret that I am a huge fan of Karen Gillan (and not just because she was in Doctor Who – if you ever want to watch a funny Scottish romcom with her, you should check out Not Another Happy Ending!). Yet, when I found out about Selfie, I wasn’t instantly taken by the idea. It’s supposed to be a modern day My Fair Lady, but it’s no musical (although the pilot does feature some singing).

Eliza Dooley (played by Karen Gillan) is obsessed with being famous and liked, but soon has to find out that being friended and followed doesn’t actually mean you have friends. She then seeks the help of stiff Henry Higenbottom (John Cho) to become a better person. Other appearances include: Tim Peper, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Allyn Rachel, David Harewood, Amber Rose, Giacomo Gianniotti, Brian Huskey, Natasha Henstridge …

As I’ve mentioned above, I wasn’t that impressed with the trailer, but after watching the pilot episode I want to see more. There are a lot funnier series out there, but I think it at least deserves a chance. I’m not sure it’s going to work on the long run, but I’m going to give it a try and watch the upcoming episodes. The series starts airing Tuesdays beginning September 30.

Forever

We all know that living forever sucks, if you are the only person being immortal and can’t share your life with anyone. After 200 years on the planet, Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd)  is also very aware of that. Working as a medical examiner in a New York morgue, he tries to find out as much about death as possible to find a cure for his “condition”. But it turns out there is another person with the same ability, who wants to play a little game with Henry – casualties included.

I quite liked the pilot episode. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it reminds me of a show I know – like a mix between the Mentalist and Castle or something like that. It is definitely awkward and funny, but also has quite touching moments in the first episode. I think that (supernatural) crime shows usually work quite well on TV and the cast seems very likable as well. Forever is starring: Alana de la Garza, Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore, Judd Hirsch, … Airing starts September 23.

Are those two shows on your fall watchlist? If not, what other shows are?

18 thoughts on “New ABC Shows: Selfie & Forever

  1. So thanks again for two awesome recommendations. Selfie seems just hilariously funny, and I absolutely love John Cho! Concerning Forever… there might also be a bit of Sherlock in it (the laboratory, the skull, the organs), but there’s certainly a big resemblance to the Mentalist!

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    • Sherlock! Absolutely, that was the last bit that was missing. It just kept ressembling something, but I can’t quite make it out. In the end, Forever is a pretty standard – tough detective woman and strange but very intelligent and deductive guy finding each other working together after some kind of inciting incident.

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  2. I was kind of blown away by how good Forever was. I’m not sure how to describe it, because there were some familiar things but it felt fresh and I like the two leads. I’m afraid if people don’t spread the word, some of the pretentious critics will kill it. But truly, with all the try-to-be-dark and grounded shows that are out there now, Forever is kind of fun. Penny Dreadful btw, had some really great things and then other stuff that was just so polarizing. And it’s narrative was kind of everywhere. But it was beautifully shot. Worth watching for that alone imo.

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    • Thanks so much for commenting!
      I also really liked Forever and I hope that came across in the post. It’s just that I think it’s a fairly standard set-up, but they managed to put their own spin on things. I’d definitely like to see more of it and I agree, it was pretty fun to watch.
      I heard a lot of good things about Penny Dreadful, because they seem to have incorporated some literary characters quite well. As soon as I find the time, I’ll make sure to check it out 🙂

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  3. Haven’t watched Selfie, but I’m really loving Forever so far. I think he carries the character really well and I am enjoying seeing her trying to figure him out. And I think they mix the procedural with the supernatural mystery quite well. I have to admit I generally like procedurals anyway, but actually struggle when it mixes supernatural with it (Sleepy Hollow and Grimm, I am looking at you) – I usually can do either/or, but I think they hit a very subtle balance here right. There’s a long way to go though.

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    • I was so busy catching up with all the new shows and the shows I liked before that now continue that I didn’t actually get to watch the follow up episodes of Forever yet. While I really enjoyed the pilot episode, I don’t think this will be one of the shows that I will tune in on every week, but rather binge-watch when there’s nothing else on.

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      • Yes, I actually think this will work really well as a binge-watch option, but I do try to watch shows I like every week if I can find the time, otherwise I end up with way too many shows on my list to catch up on…

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      • I try to do the same, but my schedule is getting really tight with university starting again, so I have to select what’s more important to me … those are really no easy decisions sometimes.

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      • Oh, yes, when I was in school I watched pretty much nothing. Especially in grad school. But now I am self employed and I am the type of person who strangely needs noise to concentrate, so I almost always have something playing when I work on stuff, unless I have phonecalls, meetings or a headache… so I find myself watching a lot more now than I ever did, and not feeling particularly guilty about it as it actually helps me concentrate. Go figure.

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