TV Review: ‘Super Fun Night’

Super Fun Night Review

Rebel Wilson is a big personality, but thus far in a rather slim show

Primetime is so overpopulated by petite, model-thin size zeroes it’s refreshing to see a protagonist who isn’t, especially when it’s an ebullient presence like the one Rebel Wilson plays in ABC’s “Super Fun Night.” Yet as inclined as people will likely be to root for Wilson’s character — who spends Friday nights with her two beaten-down, painfully single friends — she finds herself in a vehicle that isn’t as big and buoyant as her personality. Still, ABC was probably wise to bet on the Aussie comic, even if the resulting show is occasionally fun, yes, but far from super.

Adopting a Yankee accent she wears as uncomfortably as a pair of Spanx, Wilson plays Kimmie Boubier, who in the premiere (which both supplants the pilot and, by repeating most of its key points, renders it moot) has just been promoted at work but still spends Fridays hanging out with her two amiable-loser friends: Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira, last seen hanging out with an untrustworthy bitch in Apartment 23) and Marika (Lauren Ash), a tennis coach.

Kimmie has also developed a crush on a co-worker, Richard (Kevin Bishop), who happens to be the boss’ son. Desperate to impress him — and thus exceedingly awkward around him — she runs afoul of the office’s requisite thin bitch (Kate Jenkinson), who also quickly sets her sights on Richard.
In the new opener, Kimmie must also deal with her longstanding stage fright when she and the girls decide to go sing at a karaoke night. It’s a slim conceit, but offers Wilson the chance to cut loose on a rather amusing cover of Meat Loaf’s power ballad “I’d Do Anything for Love.”

The obvious goal is to get the audience rooting for and identifying with Kimmie and her pals, who speak of all the girls who “held us back and made us feel bad about ourselves,” even as they order up “consolation pizzas.” Yet while Wilson’s boisterous personality can’t help but occasionally charm, the material is relatively slight, and having now seen two stabs at establishing the central trio, one fears the idea bank isn’t nearly as deep as it should be.

ABC has certainly given the show a major vote of confidence by positioning it behind “Modern Family,” a timeslot where nothing much has been able to effectively retain that lofty lead-in. Viewed in that light, the expectations shouldn’t be set unreasonably high, which ought to provide “Super Fun Night” a leg up in its quest to ensure there are many more nights — super fun or otherwise — in its future.

If not, well, keep those consolation pizzas handy.

TV Review: 'Super Fun Night'

(Series; ABC, Wed. Oct. 2, 9:30 p.m.)

Production

Filmed in Los Angeles by Conaco in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Crew

Executive producers, John Riggi, Conan O’Brien, David Kissinger, Jeff Ross; co-executive producer, Rebel Wilson; director, Alex Hardcastle; writer, Riggi. 30 MIN.

Cast

Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash, Kevin Bishop, Kate Jenkinson

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  1. Alan Collins says:

    Alan Collins says:

    Super Fun Night is the most innovative and wildest show on American television! It’s so different from everything else on TV that some people can’t handle it. The bad reviews were all based on the opening show but it continues to develop in new directions every week. The Halloween show was the funniest yet. Rebel Wilson is not just overweight she’s sexy at the same time. She’s no loser. She showed that in the balcony scene where she comes onto Richard in her vampire costume.
    His reaction was like that of the audience. He is both attracted and repelled by her at the same time. He doesn’t know what to make of her. The closing credits are often the most interesting part of the show. This week’s music video of The Monster Mash with Wilson as Elsa Lancaster in the Bride of Frankenstein was as stylish and ghoulish as Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. This show is worth watching. You never know where it’s going next.

  2. Maggie says:

    It is nice finally seeing full women on tv but im sorry This show wasn’t funny at all. I was embarrassed for them. Everything was forced they tried to hard to be funny. Being funny comes natural to people that’s not the case for her.

  3. Reviewer says:

    I truly enjoyed this show. Was laughing out loud 5 times during the first 5 minutes, shows to me the format works. Based on the pilot there are enough story-lines set out already to make it to the end of the season. Truly, who doesn’t like a clumsy character aiming to thrive? Looking forward to see more interaction with Matt Lucas as well. To me it’s Super Funny!

  4. Zandra Pendleton says:

    I really enjoyed Super Fun Night. I liked the simplicity of it, I laughed at how real life showed thru.. Spanx gags were realistically funny. Come on if you know about Spanx the end of the show was so true! Truthfully…. Why do you think they are called Spanx? They kick your butt

    Conquering stage fright, not easy! But realizing it was not others that kept you down but yourself, best award of all. Getting out there and doing it! However that trophy would have been nice. .. Consulation pizza? Great touch!

    Congrats to Rebel… Super Fun Night was Super Fun……!

  5. joyce herbster says:

    I’m sorry, but a title like “Super Fun Night” reeks of desperation.

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