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Perhaps the show would have fared better if it wasn’t attempting to be a modern retelling of My Fair Lady. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) plays Eliza Dooley, a narcissistic, social-media-obsessed woman who doesn’t quite understand life without virtual followers. Her coworker Henry Higgs (John Cho) is enlisted to help her “rebrand” and interact IRL. Still, Cho and Gillan’s comedic chemistry is solid, and Cho in particular is the funniest part of the show, as the straight man to Gillan’s bumbling, free-spirited Eliza. It was also notable that an Asian actor was playing the lead role, not something we often see on prime time.
But viewers didn’t quite latch on to the social-media-centered premise, which did feel a bit patronizing and unrealistic in its portrayal of Internet-obsessed millennials. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show’s debut only captured 5.3 million viewers, and that number went down as the show went on.
The first unaired episode debuts today.
H/T The Hollywood Reporter | Screengrab via Hulu
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.