After her breakthrough performances in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, no one would question why Rebel Wilson has become a sought-after star, or why ABC would want to build a show around her ample and fearlessly outrageous talents. But Super Fun Night hasn't been much of a joyride so far.
The original pilot, which has been replaced by another episode for its official premiere (9:31/8:31c), elicited this reaction from me in the Fall Preview issue: "The grotesque extremes to which Wilson stoops to get laughs in this frenetic vehicle have a whiff of desperation. It might also be more fun if she used her authentic Aussie accent." The objection stands about her Americanized speech (her choice), and while the new opener is a little less degrading — instead of exposing her body on a city street with flashing lights on her underwear, a new gag involves an office elevator door shredding her dress, revealing her Spanx at work — it's not much funnier.
Super Fun Night is staging a Bridesmaids reunion.
Matt Lucas, who played Rebel Wilson's brother in the hit big-screen comedy, will guest-star on an upcoming episode of her new ABC series Super Fun Night.
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ABC released previews for its new shows on Tuesday, including Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Rebel Wilson's new comedy Super Fun Night and an extended peek at the highly anticipated Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.