‘Ab Fab’ a breath of fresh air for Oxygen

Cabler to premiere new segs of comedy, add toons to slate

NEW YORK — New episodes of “Absolutely Fabulous” and a telepic starring Peter Gallagher are among Oxygen’s upcoming programming highlights.

Eight new segments of “Ab Fab” will premiere early next year; they’ll be exclusive to Oxygen in the U.S. The Brit cult hit will be joined on the slate by five new series including animated skeins “Hey Monie” and “Life’s a Bitch.”

Also debuting are series “In Your Dreams” and “Sexual Anthropology” and gameshow “Can You Tell,” which challenges contestants to uncover a specific detail about the ordinary people they are interrogating.

Peter Gallagher will star with Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) in “A Tale of Two Wives.” Romantic comedy, channel’s first made-for, will be co-produced by Working Title.

“We are heading into the new season with a lot of momentum,” said Debby Beece, channel’s prexy of programming. “Our goal was to create a new voice aimed at younger, active women.”

Six series will return to Oxygen’s sked including talkers “The Isaac Mizrahi Show,” “Conversations From the Edge With Carrie Fisher” and “Oprah After the Show.”

Candice Bergen skein “Candice Checks It Out” is not among the returning shows.

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