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Yet another AbFab remake on the way

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 7th 2008 11:11AM

Absolutely FabulousThe brain behind Arrested Development is now developing an Absolutely Fabulous remake for Fox. For those unaware, the British series is about an immature, hippie-era mother, her best friend and her intelligent daughter (played respectively by creator Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha).

In the height of her popularity, Roseanne tried to remake the show and involved the creators and co-stars. Sadly, that didn't come to pass. Whatever you think of Roseanne, at least she was smart enough to involve the original creators, unlike McG. With the big push for Brit remakes thanks to the success of The Office, another attempted remake of this show is not that big a stretch.

While I very much enjoyed the original series, I do think the 2001 and 2003 continued episodes were a bit unnecessary. You know things have gone too far when Whoopi Goldberg guest-stars.

Given the talent behind it, this version could see the light of day. I just hope they actually involve the original creators.

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Always happy to hear Mitch Hurtwitz's name attached to a project, it's a guarantee I'll check it out for an episode or two, but I'm still dying for an Arrested Development movie - there was so much life and potential in that show.

October 08 2008 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This would be a bad idea for several reasons. One, AbFab was a product of its times: that early to middle Tony Blair, "new" Labor era in Britain and the Clinton years here in the US. Two, this is not a series that could survive on the network because to truly live up to the original it will need to be raunchy; maybe on cable. Still, I think it's a really bad idea unless Jennifer Saunders & Dawn French are heavily involved in Americanizing their creation.

October 07 2008 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Uhhh.. Who the hell is deciding to put high quality comedies on FOX!?!?! Hasn't anyone learned their lesson from Arrested Development?
Good god.

October 07 2008 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, "High Society." That wasn't a remake, that was a rip-off. Jean Smart played the "Patsy" role.

October 07 2008 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wasn't there ANOTHER remake of Absolutely Fabulous that starred Mary "President Roslin" McDonnell? I seem to recall it lasting a short while on CBS.

October 07 2008 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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