US scraps Ab Fab remake

Fox says 'no' after seeing pilot

Plans for an American remake of Absolutely Fabulous have been scrapped.

The Fox network has decided not to order a series after making a pilot episode earlier this year.

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz worked on the remake, casting Anchorman actress Kathryn Hahn and Third Rock From The Sun star Kristen Johnson as Edina and Patsy. Jennifer Saunders was credited as executive producer.

However, BBC Worldwide has today confirmed that the network has chosen not to order a full series, according to trade magazine Broadcast.

This is the second time a US remake has failed to get beyond a pilot, following the ill-fated ABC version starring Roseanne Barr and Carrie Fisher a decade ago.

Published: 14 May 2009

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