Roseanne To Produce ‘AbFab’

“Absolutely Fabulous,” the outlandish British comedy series about a pair of boozing, self-absorbed designers, will be adapted into a U.S. sitcom by America’s top TV diva, Roseanne.

The ABC star has acquired rights to the BBC series through her production company and will shoot a prototype for a primetime series by April under her overall deal at Warner Bros. TV.

Jennifer Saunders, who starred in and wrote the original series, will serve as a consultant on the show, which will be titled “AbFab.” The deal was put together by the William Morris Agency, which represents Roseanne and will package the project.

Roseanne has yet to shop the project to the networks, though the first stop will undoubtedly be ABC, where the star has a four-series commitment. Fox Broadcasting Co. is also said to have expressed interest in the property, which was also pursued by such heavyweights and Brandon Tartikoff and Norman Lear.

“There were a lot of people chasing it,” said Bob Crestani, head of international TV at William Morris, adding that the concept would be “tweaked a little bit” for U.S. television but won’t lose its edge.

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