Rebel Wilson, centre, in Super Fun Night.

Rebel Wilson, centre, in Super Fun Night.

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 to 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" but is a little more forgiving.

"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."

Robert Bianco of USA Today struck a more positive note, tentatively giving Wilson the thumbs up.

"Wilson certainly gives it her all, but too often, her all either isn't enough or proves too much. Still, in a relatively bland season, Wilson is most certainly anything but, and that's reason enough to give Fun a shot," writes Bianco.

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.

Super Fun Night is among a long list of new TV shows to premiere in the US soon, among them is Hostages, starring Australian actress Toni Collette.

Unlike Wilson's comedy, the pilot for the drama has been getting some favourable reviews.

"This arguably was the best pilot of the fall - riveting, well-acted, cleverly written, Owen wrote.

"The question is whether there's an actual series somewhere inside the premise: A rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott) forces a doctor (Collette) about to operate on the president to kill him or the agent and his minions will kill her family."

Webb Mitovich said the Hostages was a "wonderfully provocative premise for a series"

"Collette, an Emmy and Golden Globe winner from her run as Tara (United States of Tara), is unsurprisingly excellent as the conflicted Dr Sanders, while McDermott, fresh off a pair of haunting Horror Story turns, is undeniably menacing."

Hostages will premiere in the US on September 23 and will be fast-tracked to Australia on the Nine Network.

AAP