Thanks to Kare for finding this review about The Selection pilot at travisyanan.blogspot.com:
YES (with a couple quibbles / questions / reservations / etc).
Guys, I’m in love with this project in a way that I didn’t expect to be. Its logline (300 years in the future, America doesn’t exist anymore, but there’s a caste system of 8 levels and a monarchy and potential future Queens are picked in a lottery, one from each of the 35 Districts Sections of the post-America country, and enter a competition to become the Queen) is a little long and eye-roll-y and I’ve read way too much of the glut of dystopian YA lit that’s been published post-Hunger Games (and can I get a SQUEE!!!! that the first movie is barely a month away?) for this to ever really register as fully original.
And, y’know what? It’s not fully original. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. And it’s the first attempt to adapt dystopian YA to a weekly television series format, so it’ll wind up feeling very different than the Hunger Games’ movies. Whereas the Hunger Games is an annualized totalitarian method of oppression via a reality TV version of Battle Royale, The Selection is more like The Bachelor.