We knew already that things were not going too well for ABC’s comedy “Selfie,” but they have somehow still managed to take a turn for the worse.
Today, the network confirmed that the Karen Gillan comedy, which was already canceled after just a handful of episodes on the air, will be pulled from the schedule altogether. In its place will run repeat episodes of “Shark Tank” (which is a continued repeat warrior for ABC), and also some recap shows for “Dancing with the Stars” as we get a little bit closer to the finale.
Once again, we do feel bad for the show, but in a way this remains a pretty-sad cautionary tale that we wish that we never had to see hit a show like this: You really cannot have your product only become a hit a few weeks into its run anymore. This is a very different landscape than what it was a few years ago, when you could give network comedies a long time to grow and develop. If this was cable or Netflix, maybe the situation will be difficult.
Just for reference, “Selfie” joins “Manhattan Love Story,” “Mulaney,” “Bad Judge,” and “A to Z” as comedies not getting more than their original 13-episode order. Things are also looking grim for “The McCarthys” over on CBS, even if it does end up getting a full-season pickup. We’re also quickly losing hope in NBC’s “Marry Me” beyond this season, even if it can at least boast to getting 18 episodes this time around. For this genre, that is a success right now.
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