In less than a month, the broadcast networks will be announcing which new series they’re picking up for the 2013-14 season. Zap2it can’t wait for that, though, so this week we’re doing a series of pilot previews.
In addition to this gallery of 22 shows we hope the networks order to series, we’re also going to take a closer look at pilot scripts from each of the networks. While a lot can change between now and a series premiere, and these are by no means full reviews, we hope to offer some insight at some of the projects the networks are considering this spring.
In Zap2it’s 2012 pilot preview gallery, we flagged the comedy “Super Fun Night” as one of the shows we hoped CBS would order. That didn’t happen, but ABC grabbed the rights to creator-star Rebel Wilson‘s show and revamped it, switching the format from multi-camera to single-camera and recasting two of the lead roles. Wilson, who followed up her breakout “Bridesmaids” role with “Bachelorette” and “Pitch Perfect” and who just hosted the MTV Movie Awards, remains on board.
What it’s about: Since high school, friends Kimmie, Helen-Alice and Marika have celebrated Friday Night Fun Nights together — although they never, ever go out. When Kimmie gets a promotion at work, though, she convinces her friends to venture outside for once. Will this be the beginning of a new era?
Who’s in it: Wilson as Kimmie; Liza Lapira (“Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23″) as Helen-Alice; Lauren Ash (“Scare Tactics”) as Marika; Kevin Bishop as Richard and Kelen Coleman (“The Newsroom,” “The Mindy Project”) as Richard and Felicity, Kimmie’s co-workers.
Who’s behind it: Wilson created the show and wrote the pilot. John Riggi (“30 Rock,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) directs the pilot and will serve as showrunner. Conan O’Brien‘s company Conaco is producing the show.
Pros and cons: One of the appealing things about the 2012 version of “Super Fun Night” was the fact that it put three somewhat awkward, nerdy female characters front and center rather than in the margins of a show. That remains in the new version. Wilson gives both herself and her fellow leads plenty of comedy to work with, and there are several useful flashbacks to explain how the three leads came to rely on each other so heavily.
On the downside, there are a few lines that don’t read very well. A lot of comedy is in the delivery, though so something that’s a little iffy on the page could end up working just fine on camera. It’s not hard at all to see Wilson carrying the show — her Kimmie is sweet and a little naive, but someone it’s not hard to envision rooting for week to week.