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ABC comedy Sun Fun Night wraps up its 17-episode run with an episode that forces Rebel Wilson‘s Kimmie to make a life-changing decision.
“By the end of the season, my character has two eligible bachelors and she’s all in a fluster about which one to choose and she does make a choice in the season finale,” Wilson tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Whether that’s good or not, that’s a question for the future series.”Another key storyline that’s been teased out this season that pays off in Wednesday’s closer is Marika (Lauren Ash) coming out to her friends.
“The finale is very dense, and it gets to the point where there’s so much emotion, all that’s left to do is to go into a big huge Queen musical number,” Wilson says with a laugh, teasing the cast’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” cover as “very Moulin Rouge-y.” (Watch that performance below.)
Wilson reflected on her experience pulling triple duty as creator, writer and executive producer, admitting that at the time, she didn’t fully understand the time constraints.
“I have so much respect for anyone who’s been a writer-performer on a network show because you don’t realize how hard it’s going to be until you’re actually in there doing it,” Wilson says. “For me, it was a seven-day, 17-hours-a-day job. No one could ever prepare you for how insane that kind of schedule is. It’s like doing four and a half movies back to back.”
But the Australian native says that her experience on Super Fun Night, her first series regular role in the U.S., has helped her understand better the rigors of American television. “Being from Australia and never having done this before, there were a lot of things I had to learn. and I probably learned the hard way,” she says.
Wilson admits that it wasn’t until the back half of the season that she felt the show had found its footing. Some of that had to do with Wilson adapting to American sensibilities and the censors. “At first I had to adapt quite a lot because a lot of my comedy couldn’t be shown on air. We filmed a lot of it, but the Standards and Practices people would cut it out,” Wilson says.
For example, last week’s Valentine’s Day episode — which Wilson wrote — had a different opening. “It used to start out with a flashback to a previous Valentine’s Day where I had just eaten a whole lot of pizza with my friends, we’re walking down the street, and I got an attack of irritable bowel syndrome,” Wilson says with a laugh. “I have to go to an alleyway and all I had was my beret, so I had to shoot into my beret. The whole sequence was cut.”
Though the network didn’t sign off on that particular moment, Wilson still stands by it: “Stuff like that happens! I use a lot of stuff from my real life, but they were like, ‘Yeah, but Rebel, do we really want to see you shooting in the street?’ “
As for the future of the show, Wilson is cautiously optimistic, but she points out that she has several other projects, including the Pitch Perfect sequel, lined up should ABC opt not to bring back Super Fun Night. (The most recent episode drew 3.4 million viewers.)
“I’m very happy with what we’ve done, but I also have a backlog of film projects — because Super Fun Night took me out of movies for the year — so I’ll get on those in the event that it doesn’t go ahead,” Wilson says. “Either way I think I’ll be fine, but I certainly have got big ideas for these characters moving forward in the second series.”
Super Fun Night airs its season finale Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
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