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Tuesday: New + Returning Shows

Selfie
New Comedy / 8 P.M. / ABC
It’s loosely based on My Fair Lady, but Selfie also has a more modern muse: Miley Cyrus. ”Ronan Farrow interviewed her and called her a human text message,” recalls creator Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory). ”I thought, ‘There’s something compelling about the language barrier in people so steeped in technology.”’ That inspired Kapnek to invent Eliza (Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed pharmaceutical rep who seeks an image makeover from her marketing-whiz co-worker Henry (John Cho). As their potential romance simmers, Selfie’s humor stems largely from Eliza’s quirky colleagues and her extreme narcissism — not to mention her totes-ridic lingo. ”I pretty much studied my 14-year-old,” Kapnek admits. ”I felt like Jane Goodall, but with teenagers.” Sept. 30

Utopia
New Reality / 8 P.M. / Fox
Television’s newest social experiment challenges 15 strangers to leave their lives for a year and create a self-sufficient society, swapping smartphones for shovels ”It’s a chance for people to construct something a bit different than the world they live in,” explains exec producer Conrad Green. The show eschews reality staples like games and confessionals, though viewers will vote in monthly eliminations. While Utopia is a hit in his native Holland, don’t ask creator John de Mol (Big Brother) what form perfection will take in the U.S.: ”What Utopia will look like in a year, no one will know.” Debuted Sept. 7

Manhattan Love Story
New Comedy / 8:30 P.M. / ABC
”If I could shoot a little Woody Allen movie every week, I’d be a very happy man,” says creator Jeff Lowell (Two and a Half Men), whose neurotic comedy honors Allen and Nora Ephron classics — but with a twist. Viewers will hear the inner monologues of unlucky-in-love New York twentysomethings Peter (Jake McDorman) and Dana (Analeigh Tipton). ”You get to actually see and play out the subtext,” explains McDorman. Manhattan will make quick use of its namesake (almost half of each episode is shot on location throughout the city), but Lowell says the central romance will be a slow, slow burn. Sept. 30

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 2 / 9 P.M. / ABC
With S.H.I.E.L.D. now viewed as a terrorist organization, new director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will have to rebuild, forcing him to keep more secrets than he wants. ”Coulson and his team have essentially been driven underground and forced to truly operate in the shadows,” says exec producer Maurissa Tancharoen, adding that Coulson is now a ”wild card” because of the effects of the blue alien serum that brought him back to life after The Avengers. Unfortunately, ”the more responsibility Coulson has, the more strain it’s going to put on his personal relationships,” Gregg says. As S.H.I.E.L.D. hunts down Hydra, battles baddie Daniel Whitehall (Reed Diamond), and faces Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) potentially evil father (Kyle MacLachlan), Coulson will look to unsavory allies for help: mercenary Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless), and superspy Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki). Sept. 23

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