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Horse’s Mouth 4: ‘Super Fun Night,’ David Chase, Donkey Tongue, And More

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 10:49am PDT

The Horses MouthThe Horse’s Mouth is an ongoing feature with a collection of funny or head-scratching comments and crazy conversations that our staff has had. We thought we’d share them with you. 

COMMENTER on Super Fun Night story: “Super fun night was my absolute favorite program. I’m devastated. I might go eat so much I bust my stomach staple. Rip, good friend.”

COMEBACK COMMENT: “You need your TV privileges revoked. You should have your TVs taken away. You have no business owning a TV. I almost want to say your TV acumen is so bad that you don’t deserve eyes and ears! Why? Because Super Fun Night should have been put out its misery halfway through the first episode. It was indeed THAT awful. And for you to say “it was your absolute favorite show” means you have the TV taste of a tongueless donkey … ”


indexPRODUCER: You have the same cheekbones as Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.
REPORTER: Oh God, I certainly hope not.
PRODUCER: What do you mean? She has great cheekbones.
REPORTER: Those are fake implants designed to make her look evil and weird. I think Rick Baker did those.
PRODUCER: Those aren’t her real cheekbones?
REPORTER: Oh boy, I’m worried about you … an you’re in the movie business?!
PRODUCER: (laughing) Well, yeah, I am but I produce really shitty movies. Read More »

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ABC Cancels ‘Suburgatory’ & ‘Super Fun Night’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 12:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ALAN TUDYK, ALLIE GRANT, JEREMY SISTO, JANE LEVY, CARLY CHAIKIN, REX LEE, CHERYL HINESABC‘s comedy cleanup continued with cancellations of Suburgatory and Super Fun Night. They join fellow ABC comedy casualties Trophy Wife, The Neighbors and Mixology. Suburgatory and The Neighbors‘ fate was sealed last night when ABC picked up to series comedy pilots Selfie, from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, and Galavant, from The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman. Suburgatory had a lot going for it in season one — a big ratings start as a breakout hit and a breakout star in Jane Levy. The series started meandering creatively in Season 2. It attempted a reboot in Season 3 with casting and setting changes but that failed to bring viewers back. Still, ABC president Paul Lee loved the show, whose name sounded great in Lee’s British accent, and there was a small chance for a limited Season 4 order until Selfie got the go-ahead. Still in negotiations for a pickup is Friday comedy Last Man Standing.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Sochi Olympics’ 1st Wednesday Free-Falls From Vancouver 2010, ‘Idol’ Down Less Than Four Years Ago

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 12:49pm PST

nbcsochi__131202172913__140212145821The first Wednesday of the 2014 Sochi Olympics saw Matt Lauer sitting in for an ailing Bob Costas again on NBC‘s primetime coverage and the return of an old rivalry. It wasn’t the U.S. and Canada women’s hockey teams — though they did play yesterday. Rather it was a direct match-up with American IdolFor just the second Winter Games in a row, NBC’s coverage beat the Fox singing competition in adults 18-49 and viewership – but not by as wide a margin as in 2010. Otherwise, it looks like NBC might want to get Costas back as soon as possible. Overall, fueled by snowboarding, lots of skating, and Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin’s historic downhill Alpine skiing gold medal tie, the network’s OLY-2014-SKI-ALPINE-DOWNHILL-WOMEN-MEDALSprimetime broadcast drew a 5.6/16 rating last night. That’s a weeknight low for the Sochi Games and down a hard 37%  from the 8.9/23 of the comparable night of February 17, 2010 at the Vancouver Olympics. That Wednesday four years ago was one of the biggest nights ratingswise of the Vancouver Games. NBC’s Wednesday Olympics package last night pulled in 20.77 million viewers, another fall from four years ago when the audience was a stellar 29.3 million. By the way, NBC announced this morning that Lauer will be at the Olympics anchor desk again tonight. We’ll update with Wednesday’s final Olympics numbers when they come in.

Related: Olympics 5-Day Ratings Even With Vancouver 2010, Ahead Of Torino

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Dominates, ‘Nashville’ Inches Up, ‘Revolution’ Wraps

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 9:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Wednesday lineup continues to assert its dominance. The network doesn’t have the top program of the night in 18-49 — that would be ABC’s Modern Family — but is solid throughout primetime, winning every hour in 18-49 and total viewers. Survivor (2.4) last night was even with its fast national last Wednesday, while Criminal Minds (2.8) and CSI (2.1) posted gains for a second straight week. Criminal Minds was up a tenth in 18-49 and drew its largest audience of the season (12.3 million), while CSI was up 11% and also hit a viewership season high (11 million).

If ABC needed a validation for its decision this week to try another comedy behind Modern Family in midseason, it got it last night. The slot’s current dweller, Super Fun Night (1.9) was down 10% from last week’s fast national to log the freshman’s lowest rating behind an original Modern Family. (Last week, the show was adjusted down a tenth in the final, which may happen again because of a minute of Modern Family overrun.) Modern Family itself (3.3) was down 13% from last week to its lowest fall result since its first season. The Emmy-winning comedy is showing vulnerability this fall, not helped by new 8:30 PM entry Back In The Game (1.6, down 11% from last week to a series low). The network is shaking things up in midseason, bringing Suburgatory back in the 8:30 PM slot where it performed best. 8 PM anchor The Middle (2.2) was down 8% to tie a season low. A lot has been said about the behind-the-scenes struggles on Nashville, with the network pushing for a soap, and the producers trying for a more realistic portrayal of the country music industry. Nashville has been aggressively ramping up its soapy quotient in Season 2, and it seems to pay off in the ratings as the drama (1.6) inched up a tenth for a second consecutive week to equal a 7-week high 18-49 rating and draw its largest week in 5 weeks (5.6 million).

Related: ABC Midseason: ‘Mixology’ In Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot, ‘Revenge’ Slides To 10 PM Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘X Factor’ Rebounds, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Arrow’ Post Highs

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 3 PM: Revolution‘s 1.4 streak is over. After logging a 1.4 18-49 rating for four consecutive weeks, the NBC drama inched up in the finals to a 1.5 today. Also adjusted up a tenth were Arrow, which matched its season high, and Survivor, while Super Fun Night was adjusted down a tenth.

PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: The X Factor (1.7) rebounded slightly from the then-series-low 1.5 the Fox music competition posted last Wednesday against the CMA Awards. After two weeks off, ABC’s Modern Family (3.8) matched the fast national for its most recent original on October 23. The Middle (2.3) was up 10% vs. the fast national for its most recent episode two weeks ago. Back In The Game (1.8) inched up a tenth, while Super Fun Night (2.1) was up 24% from October 30 when it followed a Modern Family repeat but down a tenth vs. when it last aired behind an original Modern Family on October 23. It will likely be adjusted down in the finals because of a minute of Modern Family overrun. Nashville (1.5) was up a tenth. NBC’s Revolution made it five consecutive weeks at a 1.4, earning a free refill next Wednesday. Law & Order: SVU (1.6) perked up 7%. Read More »

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ABC Gives Full Season Orders To ‘Trophy Wife’ & ‘Goldbergs’, Partial Order To ‘Super Fun Night’, Cancels ‘Back In The Game’

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC this afternoon has made its comedy pickup calls, giving Back 9, full-season orders to The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife and a Back 4 order (four additional episodes) to Super Fun Night. The network is not picking up more episodes of its fourth freshman comedy, Back In The Game, which won’t be pulled and will air the remainder of its original 13-episode order.

Related: ABC Orders 3 More Scripts Of ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘Trophy Wife’

ABC put the biggest promotional muscle on the comedy side behind The Goldbergs, from Sony TV, which was a favorite of the network brass and considered most likely to continue. The pickup was sealed after the 1980s comedy became the only ABC freshman half-hour to build on its lead-in this Tuesday, going up 42% from a Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. repeat and holding its rating from the previous week despite its lead-in shrinking dramatically.

Related: ABC’s ‘Back In The Game’ & ‘Super Fun Night’ Get Script Orders

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Ratings Rat Race: World Series Ends With A Bang; What Comedies Will ABC Pick Up?

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:30 PM: The finals are in, and Game 6 of the World Series went up to 19.2 million viewers and a 5.7 in 18-49. World Series 2013 averaged 14.9 million viewers and a 4.2 in 18-49, both up 17% from last year. Also, Super Fun Night and CSI went down a tenth to a 1.7. The Middle and Arrow were adjusted up a tenth.

PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: First off, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning their first World Series on home turf in almost a century. Fox sure wouldn’t have minded a seventh game in this highly rated series, but the six games it got were two more than the last time the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals faced off in the Series nine years ago — a 4-0 sweep for Boston. Last night’s Game 6 drew 18 million viewers and a 5.4 rating in 18-49 in the fast nationals, a high for the series that will go even higher in the finals (Game 5 was adjusted up 5%). It gave Fox a big nightly win in viewers and 18-49 and total viewers to log Fox’s most watched Wednesday in more than year.

Outside the World Series decider, the most intriguing developments last night were on ABC where The Middle (2.1) and Back In The Game (1.7) held onto their fast nationals ratings from last week when they faced Game 1 of the World Series, while Super Fun Night (1.8) fell 14% to a new low following a Modern Family repeat vs. an original last week. The results are significant because ABC is nearing a decision on which freshman comedies to pick up for the rest of the season. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Back In The Game’ & ‘Super Fun Night’ Get Script Orders

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 5:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has ordered two extra scripts each of new Wednesday comedy series Back In The Game and Super Fun Night. The move follows the three-script orders last week for the network’s two other new comedy series, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife. None of ABC’s freshman comedies has broken out this fall. In their most recent airings, Back In The Game, which stars James Caan and Maggie Lawson, logged a 1.9 among adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day, while Rebel Wilson starrer Super Fun Night, which airs behind Modern Family, posted a 2.1. ABC’s only episodic pickup so far this season has been to new drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which received a full-season order. Fellow new drama Lucky 7 already has been cancelled, while Betrayal and Once Upon A Time In Wonderland have first-season story arcs set for 13 or so episodes, like Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, so ABC has time before having to make a call on the low-rated dramas.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Super Fun Night’ & ‘Ironside’ Drop In Week 2, ‘Arrow’ Down In Return, ‘Tomorrow People’ Debuts OK

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was one of those “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” nights when everyone was down, so flat ratings were considered a victory. Week 2 was not kind to new series Super Fun Night and Ironside. ABC’s Super Fun Night (2.5/7) was down 22% from its premiere last week. Its lead-in, Modern Family (3.8), was down 10% and the highest-rated program of the night. The Middle (2.2) was even from its fast national last week, while newbie Back In The Game (1.7) was down a tenth. It tied Nashville (down 11%) as the lowest-rated program on ABC, which in turn tied CBS for the top Wednesday spot in adults 18-49.

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NBC’s Ironside has some excuse for its Week 2 drop — it aired in the 10 PM hour against the premiere of FX’s new American Horror Story installment. Still, a 1.1 18-49 rating (down 21% from the fast national for its premiere) is not going to cut it. Ironside could slide another tenth in the finals as its fast nationals include a minute of a Law & Order: SVU overrun. (It also was adjusted down last week.) SVU (1.6) posted a second consecutive double-digit week-to-week drop, down 20%. But NBC’s 8 PM anchor, Revolution (1.5), held steady, matching its fast national from last week but continues to flirt with a series low. The show was adjusted up in the finals but if it doesn’t this week, it will post an all-time low. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: Solid Start For ‘Super Fun Night’, Low Debut For ‘Ironside’

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:30 PM: This just in — NBC’s Ironside is now tied with ABC’s Lucky 7 as the lowest-rated new series premieres this fall with a 1.3 Live+Same Day 18-49 rating. It was adjusted down a tenth in the finals. Going up a tenth are NBC’s Revolution, ABC’s The Middle and Back In The Game, and CBS’ Survivor.

PREVIOUS, 9:30 AM: ABC has desperately needed some good news following the underwhelming premieres of new series Lucky 7 and Betrayal and the precipitous Week 2 drop on Tuesday, and it got it this morning. First, flagship series Modern Family (4.2 in adults 18-49) ticked up a tenth from the premiere low fast national last week. Then new comedy Super Fun Night proved Rebel Wilson’s drawing power with a solid 3.2 for the show’s second episode. (The network opted to start with the second episode after the official pilot got mixed to unfavorable reaction.) There is a caveat — Modern Family ran a minute long, so it will likely go up in the finals, while Super Fun Night will likely be adjusted down, possibly by .1. That would match the premiere rating for ABC’s new family comedy The Goldbergs, which also had a big lead-in from the SHIELD debut. The current 3.2 Super Fun Night rating is even with … Read More »

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Greg Germann To Co-Star In Pilot ‘HR’; Ravi Patel To Recur On Series ‘Super Fun Night’

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 6:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Greg Germann is set to co-star opposite Alicia Silverstone in the Lifetime drama pilot HR. Written by Glenn Porter, HR centers on the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company Ellen (Silverstone) who, after a head injury alters her outlook on life, throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Germann, repped by Innovative, Silver Lining and Frank Stewart, will play Ellen’s boss, the company’s CEO. Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment is exec producing.

Ravi Patel (ABC pilot Middle Age Rage) is set to recur on the new ABC comedy series Super Fun Night starring Rebel Wilson. He will play Alex, a somewhat smarmy but still endearing underachieving lawyer who works at the firm where Kimmie (Wilson) works. He is with Seven Summits and TalentWorks.

Related: Conan: ‘Super Fun Night’ Better Off On ABC

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TCA: ‘Super Fun Night’ Better Off On ABC Says Exec Producer Conan O’Brien

By | Sunday August 4, 2013 @ 1:51pm PDT

Super Fun Night, originally conceived as a multi-cam sitcom for CBS for the 2012-13 TV season, is much better suited as a single-cam on ABC one season later, exec producer Conan O’Brien insisted this afternoon at Summer TV Press Tour 2013. Yes, CBS has maybe the best comedy-hit-per-season records in  the business, but single-cam is the best way to showcase star Rebel Wilson’s talents, like “vulnerability,” “range,” and all those “little faces” you’ve seen her do in her feature film work (Wilson’s maybe best known for playing Brynn in Bridesmaids). Plus, single cam is better for improv, said Wilson, who estimates she averages 80% improv on the big screen, but only 20% in the Super Fun Night pilot. And, of course, Super Fun Night has been given the plum post-Modern Family timeslot in the fall.

Related: ‘Super Fun Night’ A Go As Pilot At ABC, John Riggi To Run

Earlier today, ABC programming chief Paul Lee insisted the decision to have Aussie Rebel’s character, Kimmie use an American accent was hers, and had nothing to do with the natural reluctance of media-conglom-owned U.S. broadcast TV networks to have stars of their primetime series speak in anything but flat mid-Atlantic accents – Southern on rare occasion, but only if absolutely necessary. … Read More »

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‘Super Fun Night’ Adds Aussie Kate Jenkinson

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Wilson will be joined by fellow Australian Kate Jenkinson on WB TV, ABC, and Conoco’s Super Fun Night, reuniting the actresses who previously starred together on Aussie sketch comedy series The Wedge and Bogan Pride. Jenkinson (Offspring, Killing Time, House Husbands) is joining the show as Kendall, a neurotic Type A lawyer idolized by Wilson’s Kimmie. The role is a version of the Felicity character played by Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Camp in the initial multi-camera CBS pilot, and later by Kelen Coleman in ABC’s retooled single-camera version. Jenkinson’s Kendall will join the show in its second episode; Coleman’s Felicity character will not be returning to the series after the pilot. Wilson created, stars, and co-executive produces the half-hour comedy about three nerdy twentysomething women on a quest to have fun every Friday night. Conan O’Brien is exec producing Super Fun Night with showrunner John Riggi (30 Rock), David Kissinger, and Jeff Ross. Super Fun Night marks Jenkinson’s first international series regular gig. She is repped by Wishlab Inc in the US and Nicky Gluyas Management in Australia. Super Fun Night is set to premiere October 2.

Related: ‘Super Fun Night’ A Go As Pilot At ABC, John Riggi To Run, 2 Leads To Be Recast

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ABC Sticks To Premiere Week For New Season Rollout

ABC finally unveiled its pretty-straightforward premiere-date plans for the 2013-2014 season, launching a handful of programs — newsmag 20/20, three Friday series, and Monday’s Dancing With The Stars — in advance of the September 23 Premiere Week. Here’s the schedule, with new shows in bold: Read More »

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ABC 2013-14 Schedule: Rebel Wilson Gets Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ On Tuesday, ‘Dancing’ Shrinks To One Night

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is launching eight new series in the fall and taking some big swings, including a Tuesday lineup of all-new series, anchored by Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Rebel Wilson’s hot streak continues, with the rising star landing the post-Modern Family slot for her comedy Super Fun Night. ABC is looking to stem Dancing With The Stars‘ ratings decline by eliminating the Tuesday edition, with the Monday 8-10 PM show incorporating both performances and results. Dancing, as well as The Bachelor, Shark Tank and The Taste have been formally renewed for next season. Here is ABC’s fall schedule, analysis and descriptions of all 13 new series for next season, including newly picked up adventure reality series The Quest from The Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri:

Related: ABC To Air Some Dramas In Two Batches Of 12 Episodes

(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

8 PM – Dancing With The Stars
10 PM – Castle

10 PM – LUCKY 7

8 PM – The Middle
9 PM – Modern Family
10 PM – Nashville

9 PM – Grey’s Anatomy
10 PM – Scandal

8 PM – Last Man Standing
8:30 PM – The Neighbors
9 PM – Shark Tank
10 PM – 20/20

8 PM – Saturday Night College Football

7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM – Once Upon A Time
9 PM – Revenge

From ABC’s returning series, left off the schedule are comedy Suburgatory and reality series The Bachelor, which comes on in midseason, and The Taste.

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Fox Developing Medical Comedy Produced By Conan O’Brien

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has closed the deals for a script order to a single-camera medical comedy from Conan O’Brien‘s Conaco and Warner Bros TV. The project’s title, Bob’s New Heart Show, appears to be a riff on TV classic The Bob Newhart Show. Written by Ben Wexler (Community), Bob’s New Heart Show centers on a young hotshot doctor who, after receiving a heart transplant, re-evaluates his life and takes over the small family practice in the working-class neighborhood where he grew up. Wexler is executive producing with O’Brien, David Kissinger and Jeff Ross. This marks Conaco’s first project for Fox since the company set up shop at WBTV in 2010. The company is currently working on off-cycle ABC comedy pilot Super Fun Night, created by and starring Rebel Wilson.

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John Riggi To Direct ‘Super Fun Night’ Pilot

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 6:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In his pilot directing debut, John Riggi is set to helm the ABC comedy pilot Super Fun Night. Riggi is already working on the project, created by and starring Rebel Wilson — he joined as executive producer/showrunner when ABC gave it a pilot order as a single-camera comedy in September. (It was originally developed last season as a multi-camera sitcom for CBS where it went to pilot.) Super Fun Night follows three nerdy female friends: Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Lisa Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night. Kevin Bishop and Kelen Coleman co-star. For UTA-repped Riggi, who supervised the writing of the ABC version, the Super Fun Night gig stemmed from the two-year deal he signed with Warner Bros TV in May after six seasons on 30 Rock where he shared in the show’s three best comedy series Emmys. On the NBC comedy, Riggi also honed his skills as a director, helming 15 episodes. Read More »

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Jesse Plemons Cast In HBO’s ‘Missionary’ Pilot, Lauren Ash In ABC’s ‘Super Fun Night’, Chris Butler In TNT’s ‘King & Maxwell’

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 12:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) is set to co-star opposite Benjamin Walker in HBO’s Cold War spy drama pilot The Missionary, from Charles Randolph, producers Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg and author Malcolm Gladwell. Set in Berlin in the late 1960s, The Missionary centers on Roy (Walker), a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin. Plemons, repped by TalentWorks and attorney David Matlof, will play Sherwood Elbridge, a young coca-cola executive who helps smuggle defectors out of the Eastern Bloc. Baltasar Kormakur is directing.

Canadian Lauren Ash (Syfy’s Scare Tactics) has landed a co-lead opposite Rebel Wilson on Wilson’s ABC comedy pilot Super Fun Night. The project, executive produced by Conan O’Brien, was originally developed as a multi-camera sitcom for CBS last season. After it didn’t make the cut, it was picked up by ABC as a single-camera comedy. Written by and starring Bridesmaids standout Wilson, Super Fun Night follows three nerdy female friends: Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Lisa Lapira) and Marika (Ash) on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night. The role was played by Edy Patterson in the original pilot. Ash, repped by Parent Management, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and The Glick Agency, hails from Second City Mainstage Toronto and Chicago.

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‘Super Fun Night’ A Go As Pilot At ABC, John Riggi To Run, 2 Leads To Be Recast

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Wilson’s comedy Super Fun Night has formally been greenlighted to pilot at ABC, with 30 Rock veteran John Riggi on board as showrunner. The project, executive produced by Conan O’Brien, was originally developed as a multi-camera sitcom for CBS last season. After it didn’t make the cut, ABC decided to give it another go, this time as a single-camera comedy. Written by and starring Bridesmaids standout Wilson, Super Fun Night follows three nerdy female friends, one played by Wilson, on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night. The other two leads are being recast for the ABC pilot; they were played by Jenny Slate and Edi Patterson in the CBS one. UTA-repped Riggi, who is supervising the writing, succeeds Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich, who had only signed on for the original pilot at CBS. The gig stems from the rich two-year deal Riggi signed with Warner Bros TV in May after six seasons on 30 Rock. Read More »

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