According to Huffington Post, Super Fun Night star and co-creator Rebel Wilson addressed a few issues critics had with the ABC comedy pilot at the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 press tour.
Wilson plays lead character Kimmie. Kimmie, unlike Wilson, is American. One critic questioned why she used an American accent in the show instead of something more interesting. Wilson purposely imitated a bad American accent and said, “I mean, my American accent is really, really good!”
Wilson explained that she had generally been doing Australian or other non-American accents, so she wanted to do one in Super Fun Night. Also, the three lead women: Wilson’s Kimmie, Lauren Ash’s Marika and Liza Lapira’s Helen-Alice, are supposed to have been friends since “13 or 14 years of age, so I thought I had to make the character American,” she added.
In response to some jokes about Wilson’s appearance as Kimmie, Conan O’Brien, who created Super Fun Night with the actress, said he thinks “great comedians know the balance [between mocking in jest versus being cruel] inherently…. She has an unerring ability to hit that balance.”
The goal is to get viewers on Kimmie’s side so that her wins are meaningful, he said.
Wilson pointed out that could mean Super Fun Night gets serious at times.”The purpose of the show to me is to really inspire girls who don’t think they’re cool and pretty and all that to get out there, and say that they can have fun, exciting lives too,” she explained. “In order to do that, you need to present a very realistic portrait of what it is like to be a girl like me.”
The show’s mission statement is Kimmie saying, “I get to have my shot. We get to go up to the plate like everybody else does. Maybe we don’t have the skill set. But we’re trying to tell the story of three young women who get their chance.”
Super Fun Night premieres Wednesday, October 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.