EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Wilson’s CBS comedy pilot Super Fun Night is getting what every busted pilot dreams of but very few can accomplish — a second chance. I’ve learned that ABC is close to a deal to re-pilot the project, written by and starring Bridesmaids standout Wilson and executive produced by Conan O’Brien. It follows three nerdy female friends, one played by Wilson, on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night.
I hear that the comedy, originally written as multi-camera for CBS, will now be reworked as single-camera, the predominant comedy format at ABC. ABC topper Paul Lee has spoken about his desire to build a block of edgy young ensemble comedies around Happy Endings, and Super Fun Night, along with newbie Don’t Trust The B—-, which will be paired with Happy Endings in the fall, could be used for that. Super Fun Night is produced by Warner Bros TV and O’Brien’s studio-based Conaco Prods. O’Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger executive produce, with Wilson serving as co-executive producer. The CBS version also was executive produced by Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich, who signed on as showrunners for that pilot only. It is unclear whether any other cast members from the CBS pilot besides Wilson would make the transition to the ABC one. The original pilot starred Jenny Slate and Edi Patterson as the other leads opposite Wilson.
Super Fun Night was one of the talked-about pilots after the upfronts, with several networks looking at it. There is an unusually high level of activity for passed-over broadcast pilots this season. USA Network is seriously considering picking up Fox comedy Rebounding, while Lifetime is doing the same with ABC dramedy Devious Maids.