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Hey you! This isn't a review, it's a PREview. Huge difference. Most notably, the "P." Also, these PREviews are based on early cuts of pilots that might change drastically by the time they officially hit the air, so we can't properly review them. But we CAN give you an idea of what to expect. In this series of early looks at the new shows of fall 2013, there's no contemplating, no deep analysis; just super-duper quick thoughts on what we just watched that we're passing on to you. We'll revisit each previewed show in the fall with the hyper-intellectual breakdowns and fart jokes you're used to from us goons here at TV.com. 



Super Fun Night – Wednesdays starting October 2 at 9:30pm on ABC


STARRING AND CREATED BY: Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is at the center of this sitcom, as she's the star, the head writer, and the creator of the series. She's joined by co-stars Lauren Ash (Lars and the Real Girl), Liza Lapira (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23; the short-lived Traffic Light), and Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom) and British actor Kevin Bishop round out the cast. Wilson co-created the series with Conan O'Brien. Yes, that Conan O'Brien. Jeff Ross—he of Comedy Central's The Burn—is producing.


THE GIST: Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Ash), and Marika (Lapira) are a trio of single besties who have a history of spending every Friday night together for "Super Fun Night," an evening full of drinking, theme costumes, and dancing in one of their apartments. Alone. However, when Kimmie gets a promotion and taps on the window of the cool crowd, their lives start to change as they begin to explore the outside world... and maybe even date? But should they even be outside, or should they just stay inside their self-created social bubble? 


SNAP JUDGMENT: Awful. People are expecting big things from Wilson's first series in the States, but Super Fun Night (in its second attempt to make it on American TV; last year, CBS tried the idea in a multi-cam format but ultimately passed) has absolutely nothing super or fun going on. The show's attempts at humor are anchored in Wilson's awkward stumbles as she talks to people who are "cooler" than her, it's full of horribly out-of-date sight gags (Kimmie rips her skirt! Kimmie rips her dress! Flashing neon underwear!), and whenever the pilot hits a roadblock, Kimmie breaks out into song... terrible, terrible song. The show doesn't treat Kimmie's friends much better; one of them is limited to lesbian jokes and the other is... hmmm... forgettable, I guess. This is what ABC thinks should follow Modern Family? Super Fun Night is a classic case of trying too hard to wrangle someone talented and put him/her on the air no matter what. I found the pilot unwatchable.



PILOTITIS DIAGNOSIS: The show's premise—three loser-ish girls hang out with each other while the rest of the world parties—is aptly summed up in two cutaways. There's not much else to get out of the way here. 


FACES TO LOOK OUT FOR: You probably already know Rebel Wilson, but this certainly isn't her best work. So... none. 


RANDOM THOUGHTS: There are a couple good cameos in from Workaholics' Adam Devine and Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key! And life doesn't get any worse than seeing Rebel Wilson do a jumping chest bump, so it's all uphill from here.


EXCITEMENT LEVEL: Zilch. Less than zilch. -4 out of 10. There's no way Pitch Perfect stays in the Wednesday-at-9:30pm slot behind Modern Family, and if I were Nashville—which will follow it at 10pm and rely on its carry-over audience—I'd be crying into a giant glass of whiskey right now.



PILOT PREVIEW POWER RANKINGS: 

(Where we rank the fall season's pilots based on very early impressions)


DRAMA

1. Almost Human - J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's robotic buddy-cop drama

2. The 100 - Teens have fun (and die) on post-apocalyptic Earth while the adults fight each other in a big tin can orbiting the planet

3. Intelligence - Josh Holloway stars as a Cyber Command agent who has Wi-Fi in his brain

4. The Blacklist - James Spader is a master criminal who turns himself in to the FBI on one condition: He only works with the pretty new FBI agent

5. Dracula - Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the fanged one in this re-imagining of the classic story of an undead guy chasing his old girlfriend

6. Lucky 7 - A group of gas-station employees win the lottery, for better or worse


COMEDY

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Andy Samberg and a bunch of buffoons are cops in Brooklyn

2. Trophy Wife - Malin Akerman marries into a big family and ends up with two ex-wives and three stepchildren in the process 

3. The Crazy Ones - Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar are a father-daughter team in the advertising business

4. Mom - Anna Faris and Allison Janney play a mother and daughter with life problems

5. Enlisted - Geoff Stults goes to army reject camp with his two brothers 

6. About a Boy - Jason Katims' TV adaptation of the film adaption of Nick Hornby's novel about a man-boy friendship

7. Super Fun Night - Rebel Wilson and her loser friends hit the social scene

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 2/19/2014

Season 1 : Episode 17

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Sorry - but where is 'What to Watch On TV Tonight'? Anyone/ Thanks
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It looks horrible, and I'm judging by the commercials. Awkward to watch.
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Sad to hear this is bad, I love Rebel Wilson. I will probably still check out the pilot but probably won't watch anything else if it's as bad as everyone is saying.
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I'm tired of hearing people say they cancelled show X Y Z for this. No your show got cancelled because it had crappy ratings and is no way related to any new show that follow it so get over it.
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Oof. I would follow Rebel Wilson to hell and back (though, this does sound rather hellish), and I happen to love watching her jumping chest bump people, but... I'll just say I really don't care for sitcoms and that's why I won't be watching.
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Ouch
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I thought that her stage name was Fat Amy and then she changed her mind because she got all embarrassed. But no! Her name is Rebel Wilson.
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Another trash comedy.
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So they cancelled Happy Endings for this?
My face needs something bigger than my palm to contain this fail.
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Is that main girl Honey Boo Boo all grown up? Anyways, this looks horrendous and I can't believe Suburgatory is on the shelf while this dretch stinks up the airwaves.
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I see this going one of two ways: either instant cancellation, or we're looking at the next "Whitney." *shudders*
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I bet it'll be cancelled after just one episode.
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Happy Endings and Apt. 23 get canned for this. Sad face ABC. You sook!
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Well this is disappointing, although not unexpected seeing I had similar difficulties getting through the trailer. You would think Conan and Wilson would be able to produce something better, but I guess not.

The only quick fix I think they might be able to give the show is if they make it like Awkward, but obviously just with the older female leads. Three women hilariously trying to navigate their work and social lives when they are so obviously socially inept (or something like that, I should totes write loglines).
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it won't get past episode 2
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This sounds WORSE than the awfulness I expected from the trailer, and that was pretty damned awful. What a disappointment from ABC, canceling other shows like Happy Endings and Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 just to push this instead.
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"People are expecting big things from Wilson's first series in the States [..]" - think you have me confused with someone.
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Yeah, Rebel was good in Pitch Perfect, but only because she provided comic relief. Supporting cast and lead are not the same. She's only good in small doses.
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I love Rebel but this show doesn't appeal to me. I don't know, maybe I'll wait for a few episodes to see if it gets better.
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Thanks for the warning. Won't touch this then. I think Rebel Wilson is a reminder that loud and obnoxious is funny only for so long. You can't build your whole comedy career on it. To me it wasn't even funny the first time, it just stood out as something out of the ordinary. But now that she has continued with the same shtick, it's getting really old.
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I agree about Rebel Wilson, I find her as dull and as boring as Melissa McCarthy.
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Melissa McCarthy has more range as a comedic actress.
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In case anyone wants to see the promo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VjV4S2JpuA
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That this came all the way to being shot and aired, is on par with the tragedy that is Reality TV. Which means when I need to grasp that there is limitless evil and stupidity in the world, I turn on stuff like this.
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Wow, the screen grabs alone kind of made me hate this. I shudder to think what it would be like in motion.
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As soon as I read the title "Pilot Preview: ABC and Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night", and then saw that Tim Surette was previewing it I knew it wouldn't end well...
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Talk about shooting the messenger.
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This sounded not very good to me. And then I saw the trailer, which continued to make the show look bad. Still, I think it will get full season of 22 episodes. But I think it will be one-and-done for this show.
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Rebel Wilson? Ron Howard's party-girl daughter?
.....no, that's not it. I guess I don't know her.

On another note, that's the most repulsive-looking thumbnail image I've seen on TV.com all year.
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Yeah; this really didn't look good from the sneak preview. Thanks for further illuminating.
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Sorry to point this out but, in your last sentence you said Pitch Perfect instead of Lame Dull Night. Just saying.
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Obligatory "I miss Happy Endings" comment!
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YES! ABC's line-up of new comedies looks horrendous compared to the brilliance of Happy Endings. The only one that looks half decent is Mixology, and that's only because of the interesting concept.
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The pilot looks awful but it's Rebel Wilson so I'm going to have faith it gets better.
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I've seen some commercials for this on TV and I hate the show already with a passion. I know that's unfair and commercials often do a terrible job of showcasing a show, but it just looks sooooo bad.
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Hardly a surprise to me. Rebel hasn't done anything good as far as i know, I see her as the kind of person who will have one flop after another but for some reason keeps getting another show. I never liked Conan (or Leno for that matter) and Jeff seems to be just doing random episodes of TV shows and popping up in random movies.
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Heh, your second sentence immediately conjured up a Jennifer Lopez image in my mind.
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If I had more thumbs to give that comment, WavSlave, I would have.
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Please do pilot review for Mind Games it's the show that i'm waiting for
and it could be the best show of 2013-2014
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What blows my mind is that with the creative team behind it (Rebel, Conan, and Jeff) I would expect it to be much better than it is. And it's not like it's just you that hasn't liked it because then you could just chalk it up to it not being your cup of tea. I have yet to see a SINGLE overall positive review. Which ultimately is ok. I have so much crap on Monday and Tuesday to watch that Wednesday is my catch up day. Again.
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Aside from his chat shows, Conan has never really had a solid show that he's produced (The Simpsons work is a producer in name only, it's more of a top writer-type of role I think). Jeff Ross can say the same, although he does have credits for Kids in the Hall. But it's not like they are a guarantee that just because they're funny that they'll excel at producing quality comedy shows.
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Fair enough. A sitcom is definitely not what they normally do. I still just expected more from the jokes.
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