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New TV shows 'Super Fun Night,' 'The Originals' embrace nightlife

October 1, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 01--LOS ANGELES -- The slow rollout of the new network TV season continues with the new ABC comedy "Super Fun Night" and the spin-off series "The Originals" on the CW.

Both shows are different in design and tone, but both have a love for the nightlife in common.

Here's a closer look at each series.

'Super Fun Night'

Rebel Wilson stars in "Super Fun Night," a comedy about three friends who have spent every Friday night of the past 13 years hanging out together.

Their weekly fun fest changes when Wilson's character lands a prestigious job that kicks her social status up a few notches. The friends deal with a new definition of fun.

Wilson stars in the show, and she is its creator. She will mine her own experiences for some of the misadventures the friends face.

"The original concept of the show is I used to do this thing with my sister, Liberty, called 'Friday night fun night,' which was basically she worked at a candy factory at the time, and she would just bring home the off cuts from the candy factory, and we'd sit at home just on the couch, eating and watching DVDs," Wilson says.

"I started to think maybe there's more fun than this, even though at that time I did think that was really fun. I kind of strategically tried to go out into the world and force myself into these social situations, and then that's where all the true stories come from in the show."

Her life story was turned into a TV series when talk show host Conan O'Brien signed on as executive producer.

The idea of Wilson starring in a series came after O'Brien saw the Aussie's actor's series, "Bogan Pride." She also did film work in "Pitch Perfect" and "Bridesmaids."

"What I saw was a television star," O'Brien says. "She is vulnerable, fearless. She's absolutely one of the most likeable performers I've seen in a long career in television.You sometimes cringe when you see her going through something embarrassing, but she's so winning, and she's so likeable, and you root for her so much that you're in this with her. And when she survives and when she actually achieves her goal, it's exciting. It's exciting for me to watch."

'The Originals'

The night life on the new CW drama "The Originals," a spin-off of the network's popular "The Vampire Diaries," is quite different.

Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt), the original family of vampires and vampire-werewolf from "Diaries," move from Mystic Falls to New Orleans, where Klaus looks to re-establish his dominance. The battle for supremacy, mixed with some witch-filled moments, takes place amid a lot of wine, women and blood under the starlit skies.

Joseph Morgan describes the characters as vampires who party all night and sleep all day.

"It's really less about the guilt of being a vampire," Morgan says, "and more about kind of really reveling in that, and plus we're in New Orleans. So you put us in that decadent situation and we have a lot more sort of vampire parties and crazy kind of indulgence in our true nature."

Executive producer Julie Plec calls the life the vampires lead "a lot more "bacchanalian," where life is a drunken feast and humans don't want to be the guest of honor.

TV schedule

Wednesday:

New: "Super Fun Night," 9:30 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1)

Thursday:

New: "The Originals," 9 p.m., KFRE (Channel 59.1)

"The Millers," 8:30 p.m. KGPE (Channel 47.1); "Welcome to the Family," 8:30 p.m. KSEE (Channel 24.1); "Sean Saves the World," 9 p.m. KSEE

Returning: "The Vampire Diaries," 8 p.m. KFRE (Channel 59.1)

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

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