Original's Jennifer Saunders will exec produce
Fox’s Americanized take on famed Britcom “Absolutely Fabulous” has been ordered to pilot.Also on a busy Friday, NBC picked up the medical drama pilot “Trauma,” while ABC greenlit the drama project “Happy Town.” The new “Ab Fab” is based on the original, which revolved around the boozy exploits of fashion publicist Edina and editor Patsy, both of whom face off with Edina’s square daughter, Saffron. Jennifer Saunders, who wrote and starred in the original “Ab Fab,” is an executive producer on the U.S. edition as well. She’s joined by scribe Christine Zander, who’s penning the U.S. edition. Zander and Saunders are exec producers with Ian Moffitt, Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum. Sony Pictures TV is producing with Tantamount and BBC Worldwide Americas. “Ab Fab,” which ran for 36 episodes in the U.K., has developed a cult following here via regular airings through the years on outlets including Comedy Central, PBS and Oxygen. Fox’s version is set in Los Angeles. It repped the fifth comedy pilot order this week from the net, which just greenlit the laffers “Walorsky,” “Two Dollar Beer,” “Sons of Tucson” and “The Station.” Net also has a reworking of “Boldly Going Nowhere” on the docket. “Trauma” was written by Dario Scardapane and revolves around the high-energy world of medical emergencies out in the field. Scardapane will exec produce with Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. Universal Media Studios is producing with Berg’s Film 44 shingle. Pickup of “Trauma” is contingent on finding a director. Greenlight comes a day after NBC picked up another medical-themed pilot, “Mercy.” “Happy Town” centers on the secrets that begin to emerge after a small town experiences its first crime in years. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, the exec producers behind ABC’s “Life on Mars” (and before that, “October Road”), are the exec producers on “Happy Town.” ABC Studios produces.