Critics slam Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night

Last updated 16:16 14/09/2013
Super Fun Night

SUPER SCARY: Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash and Rebel Wilson in a scene from the new series Super Fun Night.

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The pilot for Rebel Wilson's new TV comedy hasn't given critics much to laugh about.

The Australian actress is preparing to debut Super Fun Night in the US on October 2.

But even before its premiere the pilot has been panned by a number of US critics.

"Super fright night is more like it. This show is so painful and cringe-inducing that it's scary," writes Chuck Barney for the Contra Costa Times.

Rob Owen from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the show doesn't live up ot its title.

"ABC's Super Fun Night has an incredibly limited amount of fun in its pilot episode. Like so many comedies... it's occasionally amusing but rarely outright funny," Owen wrote last month.

Critic for tvline.com Matt Webb Mitovich says the comedy falls "wide of the mark".

"Wilson's fleeting scenes with (Kevin) Bishop have an undeniable sweetness, but the over-the-top awkward antics surrounding them impede any potential. Maybe a bit more tinkering... can give Wilson the TV vehicle that best delivers on her potential."

In Super Fun Night, Wilson plays a socially inept single woman who sets aside Friday nights to stay inside and hang with her pajama-clad besties.

But that tradition is endangered when she scores a promotion at her law firm and gets invited to a trendy party by a hunky co-worker.

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