ABC to Launch 'Super Fun Night' With Later Episode Instead of Pilot

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September 20th, 2013

Super Fun Night

After months of promoting the pilot episode of Super Fun Night, ABC is opting to launch the series with a different episode titled"Anything for Love". The pilot featured Rebel Wilson's character, Kimmie, persuading her friends to go to a party hosted by her attractive co-worker. "Anything For Love" showcases the women's trip to a piano bar.ABC has not announced when or if the pilot will air.  Here is ABC's description of "Anything For Love":

SEASON PREMIERE

 

KIMMIE FACES HER FEARS ABOUT SINGING IN PUBLIC, ON ABC’S “SUPER FUN NIGHT

 

 

“Anything for Love” -- Kimmie wants the gang to broaden their horizons and try something they’ve never done before. But she’s not so brave when she finds out their next super fun night destination is a piano bar. Can she face her biggest fear, singing in public? Meanwhile, Kendall can’t understand why Richard and Kimmie are friends and plans to do something about it, on “Super Fun Night,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 (9:31-10:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

 This episode replaces “Pilot.”

 

Super Fun Night” stars Rebel Wilson as Kimmie Boubier, Liza Lapira as Helen-Alice, Lauren Ash as Marika, Kevin Bishop as Richard Royce and Kate Jenkinson as Kendall.

 

Guest starring are Matt Lucas as Derrick, Ravi Patel as Alex, Anastasia Pimenov as young Kimmie, Skylar Stecker as young Brittany, Katie Wee as the waitress and Jacob Wysocki as the MC.

 

“Anything for Love” was written John Riggi and directed by Alex Hardcastle.

 

 
  • Dan

    Yeah because airing later episodes instead of the pilot have really worked for shows in the past. Do Not Disturb, Cavemen

  • Oliver

    I think ABC knew the pilot was a POS but overlooked it because they thought Rebel Wilson was a star.

    @Dan
    You forgot The Paul Reiser Show!

  • Alan

    Terrible idea. I just hope they don’t air episodes with a random order everytime because there would not be any continuity.

  • r0ckmypants

    I think most people on this thread are seeing this move as a bad thing when it’s probably a really good thing. If the pilot is as bad as early reviews (and the fact that CBS passed originally) are indicating, replacing it with a funnier, stronger episode is a good decision. It’s pretty obvious that this show got a pick-up because of Wilson’s rising star, so if she’s the main draw and ABC is expecting tune-in for her alone, getting a better episode sampled is only a good thing.

  • Igwell

    Good, it gives the show a fighting chance. That trailer they made from the pilot was terrible.

  • it happened way back

    Way back when ABC also refused to air the pilot episode of “The Patty Duke Show” which explained how the two look-a-like cousins met and settled into living in one household. I’m not sure if it was ever aired or redited into a flashback episode. Go figure.

  • KevinY

    The pilot featured the very talented Kelen Coleman (The Mindy Project, The Newsroom) but she departed the show for some reason. They probably don’t want to confuse viewers with her character suddenly being gone (even though many shows do that anyway after somebody leaves).

  • Walker

    I hate when they do this because the pilot sets up the whole show. It must have been pretty bad for them to replace it.

  • Blackwan

    If ABC feels it showcases the show better then it’s not a bad thing

  • Carl

    The question is if the pilot is an anomaly or if it is actually similar in quality to the rest of the episodes. I assume the episode they chose is better, but that doesn’t mean it is great. It might just be the best of a bad lot. Time will tell.

  • Dan

    @Oliver – Did that even have a Pilot episode? My guess is it did but NBC never even released the later episodes.

    Here’s an idea networks, even if your show is garbage, at least back it up and show the Pilot. It introduces the show and an episode later then the Pilot may confuse people.

    Three Rivers, The Brotherhood of Poland, and Firefly also opened without the Pilots, look how long those lasted.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Dan – “Three Rivers, The Brotherhood of Poland, and Firefly also opened without the Pilots, look how long those lasted.”

    Apples/oranges. All of those were serialized dramas. This is a show whose plot is literally “girls just wanna have fun.”

  • Connman

    The Magic 8 ball says ‘Cancellation is assured – duh!’

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