On the season finale of Super Fun Night, Rebel Wilson’s Kimmie has a super-big decision to make about her love life.
Her choices in this debate of the heart: James (Nate Torrence), the sweet and goofy boyfriend, and Richard (Kevin Bishop), Kimmie’s co-worker whose growing affections bubbled to the surface last week and culminated with a big smooch. In the finale, “She kind of manages to scramble and decide which one she’s going to go after,” teases Wilson.
It’s a classic story of torn affection, but oddly, what Wilson is most proud of in the show’s 17-episode run is that there has been, as she sees it, very little classic about it. “It has a unique tone to it compared to other comedies,” she says. But the actress/writer/EP admits that finding the right balance between her signature raunchy humor, dramatic elements, and broad comedy wasn’t easy. “This is my first foray into American television, and I guess what I didn’t realize is…[the list of] what you can’t say is huge,” she says. “There was always at least five minutes cut from every episode of what I thought was super hilarious stuff, but what they deemed inappropriate for family television, whether it was the words I was using or the intention.”
Last week’s Wilson-penned episode, for example, originally contained a flashback scene to a previous year in which Wilson’s character ate a whole pizza on Valentine’s Day because she was depressed and ended up getting an “attack of irritable bowel syndrome.” “[The character] was wearing a beret at the time and I had to go into this alleyway and sh– into the beret,” she says. It got cut.
Wilson doesn’t fault the big bosses for their practices, however, and says she took the feedback as an opportunity to add more dramatic elements to the scripts, like relationship issues. If the show gets a second season, “I want to do that more.”
The chances of a second season remain slim, however, according to TV insiders. But Wilson has planned for that by filming a musical number (the song? “Fat Bottomed Girls”) that has elements that bring closure to the characters. And though it has been the trend of canceled shows to seek second lives elsewhere — especially cable networks or ever-evolving online hosts like Netflix, who revived Arrested Development — Wilson says if axed, she has no plans to move forward, citing many feature film projects in the works, like the sequel to 2012’s Pitch Perfect. “I’m just so excited,” Wilson says of the movie, which will be helmed by first-time director Elizabeth Banks. “I think a lot of people don’t realize that Elizabeth was a producer and really [formed] the idea and put it all together. She was on set with us every 6 a.m. start. She was there with her little coat freezing along with us. She’s more than qualified.”
Regardless, of what the future holds for Fun Night, Wilson considers it a win creatively and in terms of the effort put into it. “TV is hard,” she says. “We did 8.5 hours of content and 17 episodes in seven months — from scratch to airing, which is like doing 4.5 movies back-to-back…which is insane. … Going through the network TV process just makes you really respect the people who have their own shows and are a performer. And there aren’t that many.”