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American Absolutely Fabulous going to pilot for Fox

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 24th 2009 9:00AM
Absolutely Fabulous
As Brad reported earlier this week, Fox is greenlighting new pilots left and right, but it looks like they weren't done yet. We already knew that a remake of the Brit cult classic Absolutely Fabulous was in the works, but very little beyond that had been revealed. Now it looks like not only are Patsy and Edina boozing their way to Los Angeles in the Fox remake of AbFab, but original UK series creator (and star) Jennifer Saunders is on board this adaptation. That means we've a better chance of seeing an American The Office than Coupling.

She's executive producing with an American writer, Christine Zander, who's written and produced for Samantha Who?, Less Than Perfect, SNL and 3rd Rock from the Sun among others. The good news is that the core of the show is remaining intact. It follows the social exploits of fashion publicist Edina and editor Patsy, along with their constant bickering with the only sane member of the "family," Edina's daughter Saffron. As long as the girls are getting their drink on and acting ... well "fabulous," I don't see what can go wrong.

The only worry I would have is the looming failure of Kath & Kim on NBC. I'm not saying the shows are all that similar, but there are some similarities in tone and presentation, and both feature a pair of female leads with less than endearing qualities. Well Kim certainly more than Kath on the NBC show. Nevertheless, Kath & Kim has struggled to find the viewers, and it has a very unique vibe to its presentation, which is almost more similar to a typical UK comedy than broader American fare.

Hopefully, it's more a statement on the quality of the show itself than a statement of the willingness of Americans to accept a comedy with primarily female leads on network television. Maybe they can promote it as Sex and the City only way drunker. And wackier. And funnier. With Jennifer Saunders involved, there's as good a chance as any that we'll get to see a good Americanized AbFab. And if it doesn't work out, we'll still have the originals to enjoy.

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Do I hear Christine Baranski calling?

January 24 2009 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't imagine how this could work. AbFab was very British in it's approach and delivery. Nor can I see anyone else in any of the roles. Even with Jennifer Saunders helps and guidance I can't imagine there will be a large enough audience here for it.

January 24 2009 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Claire's comment

I tend top agree with you. AbFab is damn hilarious and in no small part due to it's risqué qualities. Even on Fox I can't see an American version coming close to that. If it turns out to be a watered down AbFab, what's the point of watching?

January 24 2009 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, I worry less about the audience and more about their getting together something with enough firepower to rival british levels of funny.


January 25 2009 at 5:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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