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Monday, January 26, 2009

'Absolutely Fabulous' U.S. pilot a go

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Fox has picked up a pilot episode of a U.S. adaptation of the British comedy "Absolutely Fabulous," industry sources say.

The Hollywood Reporter said Friday the U.S. adaptation will be set in Los Angeles and original "Fabulous" actress Jennifer Saunders will be the executive producer.

Saunders not only starred as neurotic fashion publicist Edina in the BBC version, but also wrote for the British series.

The pilot order for a U.S. version of "Fabulous" comes after several past attempts to adapt the quirky comedy

for U.S. audiences failed to reach the pilot stage.

Sony Pictures TV, BBC Worldwide Productions and Tantamount will produce the U.S. adaptation.

The Reporter said "Fabulous" follows Edina and her best friend, Patsy, as they enjoy wild lives that frustrate Edina's restrained daughter, Saffron.

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