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ABC Upfront: Rebel Wilson to Star in New Comedy ‘Super Fun Night’

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Super Fun Night

ABC unveiled its 2013-14 Primetime schedule of 14 new shows at its Upfront presentation yesterday at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. One program that grabbed everyone’s attention is hot Aussie comic Rebel Wilson’s Wednesday comedy series, “Super Fun Night,” which gets the highly coveted post-“Modern Family” time slot.

Rebel WilsonThe “Bridesmaids” actress took the stage to introduce her show with a raunchy monologue for a starry audience that included Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyers, George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts.

Wilson created and stars in the show, with Conan O’Brien as an executive producer.

Wilson said the show, which is set in New York, centers on three girls who are best friends (Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash) and have had a standing date every Friday night for the past 13 years. Their motto is, “Friday Night Fun Night: Always together! Always inside.”

Then Wilson’s character meets a dashing British attorney (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club, and she decides to shake up her and her friends’ predictable and staid Friday nights.

Wilson introduced a trailer for her show with, “This show is really the anti-‘Sex And The City,’ in that when these three ladies eat at night, they’re not talking about dick.’” The audience roared as Wilson added, “I play Kimmie in the show, a young attorney. ‘Don’t worry. I won’t be doing a Lena Dunham. I’ll only get my boobs out if it’s necessary for the storyline … or if it’s Wednesday.”

“Super Fun Night” received good reaction and thunderous laughter, especially after the trailer, which featured a hilarious scene where the nerdy girls try and fail to get past the bouncer of a hot club by partially disrobing and doing a crazy dance.

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said, “Isn’t she great?” As he saw Wilson off the stage, he added, “I have no idea why my ancestors sent her ancestors to prison.”

Paula Schwartz

Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411.com, More.com and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.

Paula Schwartz has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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