ABC to adapt U.K. series 'No Heroics'
Kathryn Hahn is officially “Absolutely Fabulous.”The “Revolutionary Road” actress is set to play Eddie in Fox’s adaptation of the hit U.K. comedy, which is expected to officially go by the title “AbFab.” The “AbFab” gig came as part of a development deal Hahn had sealed with the network. On “AbFab,” Hahn will be joined by “3rd Rock From the Sun” alum Kristen Johnston, who is set to play her best friend, Patsy (Daily Variety, Jan. 27). Hahn’s recent credits also include “Step Brothers,” “The Last Mimzy” and “Anchorman.” On TV, she was seen on “Four Kings” and “Crossing Jordan.” “From working with Kate Winslet to Will Ferrell, it’s her broad range of talent that inspired us to give her a development deal,” said Marcia Shulman, Fox’s exec VP of casting. “ ’AbFab’ was bought with her specifically in mind.” The two actresses were shoo-ins for the roles after they table-read the “AbFab” script for Fox execs last month. The net ordered the pilot shortly after seeing Hahn and Johnston in action. Sony Pictures TV, Tantamount and BBC Worldwide Americas are behind the project. Meanwhile, NBC continues to stock up on comedy pilots, picking up a laffer from “The Sarah Silverman Program” creator Dan Harmon on Tuesday, while ABC greenlighted an adaptation of the U.K. series “No Heroics.” “Community” takes place in a community college and focuses on a band of misfits — described as being in the vein of the 1980s feature “Stripes.” Sony Pictures TV is the studio. Harmon is set to exec produce the single-camera laffer, along with Russ Krasnoff. Harmon’s credits include the fabled 1990s pilot “Heat Vision and Jack.” As for “No Heroics,” the single-camera laffer revolves around the idea that superheroes live among us — but centers on a group with some not-so-super powers. Jeff Greenstein and Drew Pearce wrote and exec produce with Andrew Zein. ABC Studios is behind the project.
* * *Elsewhere on TV, “Grey’s Anatomy” could be saying farewell to cast members Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight — but studio insiders stress that nothing’s official. That’s despite an Us Weekly report citing co-star James Pickens Jr., who told the magazine’s website that both Heigl and Knight are splitting at the end of the season. An insider said that none of the show’s talent has been informed of any cast changes — and that right now the only person who knows for sure what’s going on is series creator Shonda Rhimes. The potential departures of Heigl and Knight have been rumored for months, but so far the stars, producers and studio have remained mum on the issue. An ABC Studios spokesperson would only say that the studio and network are not confirming any changes to the show. Pickens told US Weekly of the potential changes at an NAACP luncheon.