Ab not so Fab for Fox

Some British TV shows such as the The Office have done rather well after export across the pond. Others, such as the US remake of relationship comedy Coupling did not fare so well, lasting just four episodes before having the plug pulled by Network NBC.

Today, BBC worldwide has confirmed that a planned US remake of Absolutely Fabulous has been canned before it has even had a chance to get off the ground, having only made a pilot episode.

The show, which was due to picked up by Fox, would have starred Kathryn Hahn, most famous for her role in Revolutionary Road, and actress Kristen Johnson, who made a name for herself in extraterrestrial comedy Third Rock From The Sun.

The project was to be supervised by Arrested Development's creator Mitchell Hurwitz while star of the original UK series, Jennifer Saunders, was to take on an executive producer role.

Though Fox has decided not to proceed with a full series of Absolutely Fabulous, BBC Worldwide has told TV.com that Fox still has an option to take on the show, and will be working with them on ways to proceed with the project.

Do you think an American Ab Fab is a good idea?

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NO WAY should they remake AbFab, American style. This show is a classic and I can't envision anyone else playing these roles.
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love this show

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Also guys, would like to point out that the article states, Fox still can take on the show, and they are working on ways to proceed with the remake. To me, that says we're not out of the woods yet as far as a remake goes, maybe some re-casting, would love to see Megan Mullanay as Edwina. I'm still not sold on Kirsten Johnston as Patsy, after seeing her on Ugly Betty....didn't do it for me. I just would like to see the origional cast back, with what works...maybe they could have a vacation home in the states, and air two versions with the same cast....that would be history!!!! I know way to much wishful thinking...but what a way to re-launch an International Hit show....
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I'm torn about the remake. I LOVED the origional, and would hands down prefer it. That said, seems that Jennifer doesn't want to continue with what made her an International star. I know that the remake wouldn't be the same, but i'd take it at this point, if it fails, then it fails..but with zero promise of any origional's coming back. Right now, there is so much that the origional ab fab could just come back and say WTF...i mean come on Jennifer, write some more, don't redesign the wheel if it aien't broke girl!!!!!
much love.....
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I'm glad Ab Fab U.S. got canned! No wonder either. Just wondering how they ever thought that it would become anything even tolerably good enough, compared to the original series...
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Thank God!

This was never possible
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ABC or CBS already tried this a few years ago with High Society w/ Jean Smart GAWD AWFUL.
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This is good news!! The show could not be remade
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Well, didn't most people say they didn't want a remake, so this actually a win for the people. It's a bad day for the creative talent associated, but in the long run, they won't suffer the barbs people had. Now Fox can work hard on remaking its year one werewolf series, woohoo.
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I think the original was just un-repeatable.
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Saw the original on BBC and it just really wouldn't translate all that well into an American tv show. There really are only a few shows like The Office that can be remade & be worth watching. Let me count the ways: Life on Mars, Kath & Kim ... just in the last year.
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This is by far the best news today. AbFab is an iconic show and could never be good without the original cast. Thank you Fox!
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i'm glad they didn't pick it up - it just wouldn't be the same show. since they already ruined coupling (another one of my favorite shows) i couldn't deal with another fantastic program becoming an americanized disaster.
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Thank God! They just can't remake AbFab.
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Thank God - Some things just cannot be made better.
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