Karen Gillan, formerly of Doctor Who, breaks into American TV with the ABC comedy Selfie. She left her Scottish burr on the TARDIS apparently, and her American accent is about as convincing as my Scottish one, which basically involves my shouting, “I’ve giv’n her all she’s got, Cap’n, and I canna give her no more!”
Entertainment Weekly describes the series as “loosely based on My Fair Lady,” which is true in the sense that Entertainment Weekly is loosely based on a magazine. My Fair Lady is a musical adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion. If neither your Eliza Doolittle or Henry Higgins stand-in is singing (or whatever it was Rex Harrison managed to pull off), then you are “adapting” Pygmalion… most likely poorly.
In fairness, Selfie itself directly references My Fair Lady, which you really can’t do when you don’t just adapt its premise but actually name your characters after the Shaw’s. When a woman named “Eliza Dooley” says that a man named “Henry Higgins” is going to “totally My Fair Lady” me, that’s just weird. It’s like the lead in Sherlock telling John Watson, “No shit, Sherlock,” whenever Watson says something obvious.
Oh, and there’s a Mammy character, because that’s what how primetime TV rolls these days.
May 14, 2014 at 8:31 am
So glad we have you to run interference on all of these things, so we don’t have to.