'Selfie' Cancellation Updates: Fate of the Show Still Uncertain Despite Petition and Social Media Clamor
The selfie just plain went out of style. According to a post on the Deadline Website, ABC has pulled the plug on the show and won't be ordering a second season of the freshman comedy, "Selfie".
Minutes after the announcement, the show's fans expressed their displeasure via social media. "Devastated that #SelfieABC was cancelled. It was my fav new show & getting better each week. Way to ruin my day, @ABCNetwork. #saveSelfie," tweeted one fan on Twitter.
"This show is better that its title and deserves more time to find its following. ABC please rethink your decision," wrote one commenter on Facebook. "I absolutely adore this show!!! Please keep it on!" commented another.
The sitcom, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho, follows the life of Eliza Dooley (Gillan) who aspires to achieve stardom by posting "selfies" on social media platforms, such as Instagram, and actively managing her posts. Realizing that she is too focused on her "virtual life" and missing out on her "real life", she enlists the help of marketing guru Henry Higgs (Cho) to help her make real friends, not just virtual ones.
Though the show received mixed reviews and low ratings, it has a dedicated fanbase. So much so that a petition to "Save Selfie" was created on Change.org. The number of signatures has now reached more than 17,500 and more people are joining in the cause to save the show.
Meanwhile, according to Fashion & Style, ABC has already filled the "Selfie" timeslot with other shows. Episode 8, which was supposed to be aired today, was replaced by a re-run of "Shark Tank" on the 8 PM timeslot. A "Dancing with the Stars" special will fill next tuesday's timeslot.
Despite this, many fans are still calling for ABC to air the remaining episodes, while others are calling for the network to make the episodes available online, or release the whole season as a DVD.