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7’s The Big Music Quiz has a Great Concept but Less than Stellar Host.

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Bindi Irwin and Rebel Wilson on 7’s The Big Music Quiz.  (c) Channel 7 2016

Successful and good quiz shows featuring celebrity panelists comes down to three defining factors.  1: A smart yet funny quiz show offering up great questions.  2: A great selection of celebs that not only get into the game but are also good sports.  3: A good host that can interact well with those celebs appearing on said show.  The Big Music Quiz hits two of those three points and without the third, it painfully shows.

The premise is pretty simple, two teams of semi well known faces show off their music knowledge over six rounds of questions….all of which are of course musical based with the loosing team forced into humiliation by ending out the show with a dance off.

The selection of celebrities in the shows first outing range from Screaming Jets front man Dave Gleeson to model Kris Smith to Winners and Losers star Melanie Vallejo and over the coming episodes includes Rebel Wilson, Ada Nicodemou and Kate Ceberano.

The big miss with The Big Music Quiz is in host Darren McMullen – he of former The Voice Australia host and House Husbands actor – does not mesh well with either the celebrity guests or the show in general.  I hate to say it as I like McMullen but the quick wit required to host these type of shows is missed completely by him as he manages to miss any and all opportunities for zingy comebacks…even when presented to him on a silver platter.

For example, in the first round of the first episode, contestants are given a short 20 seconds to identify the artist of a well known song, model Kris Smith says “I remember 20 seconds being a lot longer than that!”  McMullen laughs and moves right onto a score check.  Heck, even guest Laurence Mooney (probably ascertaining the lack of hosting ability) attempts to have a decent crack at poking some tongue in cheek comments.

It’s a hosting gig perfect for someone like Paul McDermott or even say Hamish Blake who have a proven track record with this kind of thing.

The big Music Quiz is just that…a big music based quiz show, a flashier version of Spicks and Specks and of the first episode available for preview, it’s without the witty banter between host and celebrities that make those shows even more watchable.  Good news is that The Big Music Quiz is not a lost cause thanks to its host.  The mix of fun rounds, easy to moderately tough questions and great selection of celeb guests pick up the slack.

If there is anything 7 could take away from The Big Music Quiz it’d be to cast a wider net when looking for a host and look into viewer interaction via an app or website.  A show like this would work perfectly with at home viewers so they can watch and play along at the same time on a second screen device.

The Big Music Quiz starts soon on Channel 7 (possibly Sunday August 28th)

Super Fun Night: Go With Glorg

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Marika meets her icon Alison (Brooke Shields)

Oh Brooke Shields.  I’ve missed you so.  I didn’t really ‘get you’ in the 80’s (too young) but I enjoyed Suddenly Susan in the 90’s and then you kind of disappeared until the terrible Lipstick Jungle came along.  With the exception of Army Wives, which i’m guessing not many people are watching, you’ve been MIA from our screens for far too long!  That said, i’m so glad you’re back (even if it’s for a guest gig) in tonight’s hilarious Super Fun Night!

Tonight all-new episode see’s Kimmie, Helen-Alice and Marika all giddy with nerdy excitement that the Murna Princess Warrior Convention (“go with glorg” is the shows catchphrase) is on (hilarious rip-off of Xena Warrior Princess) and all have plans to attend to meet their idol Murna (Brooke Shields).  Without spoiling too much, Kimmie finds herself unable to attend and instead spends some quality girl time with arch-enemy Kendall while Marika meets her idol with disastrous results.

Now, I want a Murna Princess Warrior show starring Brooke Shields.

Super Fun Night airs tonight, Channel 9 at 8pm.

Super Fun Night: Internet Dating

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             Kimmie Boubier and Friends try Internet dating in an all new Super Fun Night                                      © 2013 Nine Entertainment Co.

Rebel Wilson and Co seem to be settling into their roles and accents a bit more now with tonight’s’ Super Fun Night’s second episode (actually third when you count in the original pilot).  Rebel’s American accent is less knives down a blackboard and more Madonna flitting between London and Los Angeles.

So, tonight’s episode is entertaining!  In an attempt to widen their social circle, Kimmie, Helen-Alice and Marika try internet dating (involving a new three on three format) and with some online profile enhancement from Kimmie, the girls find themselves on a date in a trendy club (where food is served in jars) but not as who they would like to be (insert Russian accent here)

There’s some funny interaction between the girls and their dates as they try to keep up the charade, a kicker of a line from Kimmie involving the TV show Pretty Little Liars and keep an eye out for a magical little dance right at the end involving Kimmie and a glass jar!

Super Fun Night airs tonight 8pm on Channel 9

 

Enjoy A Super Fun Night Tonight

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From L-R Liza Lapira, Rebel Wilson and Lauren Ash © 2013 Nine Entertainment Co

While I have already talked about my dismay of the way star Rebel Wilson and the show Super Fun Night has been treated by the media, I have not really talked about the show in general or what you can expect from Rebel Wilson’s first TV attempt.  First off – let me say for the record, you will be put off by Rebel Wilson’s American accent.  It’s not that great and has been picked up on by literally every single review written on the show.  Now that’s out of my system, let’s move on:

“Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!”

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Kevin Bishop (L) and Rebel WIlson (R) © 2013 Nine Entertainment Co.

Tonight’s first episode, is in fact, the second episode of the show.  Word has it, the pilot was so bad that the ABC network in the USA decided to scrap it and start with episode two, which thankfully, is funny yet still allows us to meet the characters but the idea of this “super fun night” on which the show is based, feels somewhat lost as we are starting with episode two.Sure you’ll get the idea that these girls are much more comfortable jamming around in their living room than hitting the town with their less than par social skills, but with the set-up of these girls actually taking the step to move their Friday night sessions further than the front door were all dealt with in the missing pilot episode, you’ll be left wondering why there is such an issue with these girls deciding on what activity to do next.

In my previous post I talked about Kimmie Boubier’s very unique personality.  You should love her, you’re meant to.  She’s that clumsy girl who is still impressive enough in her job to actually be given a promotion yet has that knee wobbling fear of public speaking (the back-story of which will make you laugh) but will happily entertain the idea of a romantic interest in her boss.  Her two friends, Helen-Alice and Marika, are likable too and snag some very funny scenes (watch for a photo of a possible super fun night outfit) and it’s when these girls are out on the town, do you actually understand why their Super Fun Night is in fact such a big thing.

I’m enjoying Super Fun Night.  If you can ignore all the fat-hate currently aimed at the show (I still don’t see the self depreciating fat jokes) and take the show for what it is, you’re sure to enjoy!  

The Brand New and Super Fun Super Fun Night starts tonight – Channel 9 at 8pm!

Super Fun Night Creates a Super Sized Issue

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Super Fun Night star Rebel Wilson as Kimmie Boubier

I watched the pilot then read the reviews….and now I feel like I need to write some sort of an open letter to the media critics who have written about the show.  Actually, not about the show per say, more about star Rebel Wilson’s weight – see This New Work Times article or this E! Online article or this LA Times article.

What I find obnoxious and tiresome are the critics who, for some reason, still to this day, don’t know how to handle seeing someone of Wilson’s size on screen sort-of poke fun at themselves without it being emotionally destructive or even a fat joke at all.  References to Wilson’s character – Kimmie Boubier, who makes a scene when jelly doughnuts are discovered in the office break room, when she recalls getting her hand stuck in a vending machine or the topic of Spanx are not fat jokes but jokes in general when other characters like her boss Richard are in on the joke.  I question, had the same scenes, same lines and same co-characters had the same humorous effect had Wilson been replaced with Malin Akerman?  To be blunt, these people call it a ‘fat joke’ because Wilson delivered the line, not Akerman.

So, I removed myself from those emotionally harmful reviews and hit social media.  I wonder what the people watching had to say about the issue because we all know on twitter and places like it, everyone is free to say what they want (and usually do) and it turns out – they didn’t say much at all.  After reading tweet after tweet, forum posts and Facebook comments, only a few people took it as a show of “23 minutes of fat and spanx jokes”.  It appears the only real offensive issue presented in Super Fun Night is Rebel Wilson’s American accent.

Like any new show, people were divided.  Yes I liked it….thought it was hilarious, not my thing, didn’t like it…it goes on and on, but when it really comes down to it, the issue of Wilson’s size or these self depreciating fat jokes was barely mentioned yet to quote The Associated Press’ Frazier Moore “Wilson has burdened Kimmie Boubier with constant tiresome references to her less-than-perfect physique. Wilson doesn’t put Kimmie’s high spirits center stage, but instead her girth.”

All I can say is “Bitch please”.

Kimmie Boubier is a socially awkward girl who at times, suffers from foot-in-mouth but will happily talk to anyone.  She’s a lawyer who just received a promotion but isn’t confident with public performances thanks to a traumatic experience at a middle school talent contest.  She’s clumsy but isn’t afraid to entertain the possibility of having a secret crush on her boss and like most women, she has trouble putting on spanx.

I liked Super Fun Night.  I found it entertaining and quite funny.  There’s a fun dynamic between the main characters and no one (not even the shows bad girl character Kendall Quinn) is unlike-able.  Yes, Wilson’s American accent will make you pause and ask “what the?” and yes, seeing Wilson portray a character who isn’t ballsy is giant leap to the left (we all love Pitch Perfect’s Fat Amy) but by the end you will find yourself rooting for Kimmie Boubier to come out on top.

Rebel Wilson Heads to ABC for a Super Fun Night

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Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson’s star power in Hollywood keeps getting stronger and stronger with news coming out today that the ABC network have officially picked to series up her self-penned comedy Super Fun Night.

Super Fun Night, which was rolled by CBS last year, centers on junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash), who have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!”

However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, “Lady Lawyer of the Year” Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club.  Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity’s advice to network, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road.

ABC also announced the no-brainer-pick-up of Joss Whedon’s Avengers TV spin-off Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. — which follows a worldwide law enforcement organization that polices the new, the strange and the unknown — includes ER’s Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his big-screen Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson) and Nashville’s Chloe Bennet (as superhero culture-obsessed Skye).

The first promo for S.H.I.E.L.D will find it’s way online Sunday night after it’s first airing during Sunday night’s Once Upon A Time’s season finale in the US.

Source: TVLINE.com