Oh no, sweetie darling.

10 Mar

I just got the buzz from EsterGoldberg.com that my favorite British comedy Absolutely Fabulous is going to be brought over the pond and made into an American series. At first I was shocked and almost infuriated so I had to do a little more research on the subject. Then, after seeing that 3rd Rock from the Sun’s Kristen Johnston will be playing Patsy I became a little more optimistic.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Ab Fab, in fact anything Jennifer Saunders touches turns to gold. The fact that she’s coming over as well to be executive producer, and approves the project at all says something. The woman knows funny, and she knows what isn’t funny. So far the actresses they’ve cast to play the leading ladies (Kathryn Hahn as Edina, Kristen Johnston as Patsy) seem very fitting.

Johnston says that the characters are trying to be more PC, chew nicorette gum instead of smoking, and are always hung over. The thought of Patsy not waking up with a cigarette ready in her mouth, lighter in hand is a bit challenging to me but still I think it could be a fun transition. The UK series is played out, it had an amazing run but it’s been over for a while. In fact, there have already been several non-UK adaptations of the show have already been made and bombed. France has made one, Canada made a show called P.R. based off Ab Fab, even Roseanne Barr tried to get an American Ab Fab with Carrie Fisher that never saw fruition.

Remakes happen, especially BBC to America. The Office has done amazingly, even with American TV it happens, WB just reprised 90210 which by all means should have bombed but I still see the ads for it every week. The fact is, if FOX tells people they’re going to like it, they’re going to like it. Even if they don’t they’ll still play the hell out of a show for a few seasons, sell a couple DVD’s, then sell the cow again.

That’s just Hollywood and junk. I wish they’d hurry up and make a modern day Bonanza remake.

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