Roundup: Joanna Lumley Says ‘Bring It On’ to ‘AbFab’ Reunion
Absolutely Fabulous might just be making a return to TV, woo hoo! Oh how we've missed the alcholic-fueled melodrama of Edina "Eddie" Monsoon and Patsy Stone and their hilarious larking about. Now it seems that the much-loved BBC sitcom, which premiered in 1992, will see Joanna Lumley syncing up with comedian Jennifer Saunders for another go.
"I've heard talk, too," said Lumley, who's currently starring in a Broadway adaptation of La Bête. "Jon Plowman, who's the executive producer, wrote to Jennifer, and Jen wrote to me before I left [England] and said, 'Let's talk through it. What do you think?' And I said, 'Bring it on.'"
"Because we're all still here. Mother's still alive – the wonderful June Whitfield. Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks – the basic five J's – all our names began with J," she added. "We're all still alive and available – ish – to do it, and I think we just have to do it. And the great thing is that because in our show, we fast-forwarded to where they're very old and nearly dead and practically plugged into vodka machines and things. It doesn't matter how beyond [the original series] we do it because we know they’ve been that, that they still were Patsy and Edina at the time. So this makes it heaven!" (Playbill)
For die-hard fans of the show, as seen on BBC America, a Facebook page has been set up championing a reunion. Very funny stuff.
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Let us remember how it used to be with some "Is It a Bee?" highlights:
In other news:
– When the annual BRIT Awards airs early next year, the famed pop music ceremony will have received a slightly tweaked facelift, reports BBC News. Eccentric British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has signed on to give its silver statuette a bold, colorful new look, which will now be dressed in a rich red design with slight yellow accents.
"We are honored she accepted our offer of designing 2011's trophy," said BRITs chairman David Joseph.
It's also been decided that the Outstanding Contribution Prize, typically awarded at the conclusion of the show, will be replaced with the MasterCard British Album of the Year Award. The BRIT Awards will also switch up venues for next February's show, going from London's Earl's Court to O2 Arena. Nominees are slated to be announced on January 13.
– English actor and former All My Children star Aiden Turner is vying against Aussie Liam McIntyre (Rush, Neighbours) and Canadian-born Stephen Amell (Heartland) for the lead role in Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Welsh actor Andy Whitfield was originally cast in the role, but left the series in September upon falling ill with cancer. (Deadline)
– Food Revolution guru Jamie Oliver is moving his family to the City of Angels in the new year with plans of filming his second season in the Los Angeles city schools. The only thing is that they don’t want the British celebrity chef coming in with his healthy meal program ideas. Uh oh!
"Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities," said Melissa Infusino, the director of partnerships in the education superintendent's office. "While we appreciate [his] interest in our school meal program, we believe our direct work with nutrition experts, health advocates, the community, schools and students is the most effective strategy for continued success and improvement."
Oh c'mon, Jamie just wants to lend a helping hand. (The Daily Mail)
– British playwright/producer Tony Marchant is developing a new drama for BBC1 entitled Public Enemies. The upcoming series, set to start filming next spring, showcases the budding relationship between ex-prisoner, Eddie, and his probation officer, Paula. Marchant's resumé also includes 1997's Holding On series and the 2005 film Recovery, starring David Tennant. (The Guardian)
– Saturday Night Live producers have offered "proud Englishman" and L.A. Galaxy footballer David Beckham a chance to host the long-running comedy show this season. Apparently execs were quite enamored with Beckham's recent bit on Ellen. (The Daily Mirror)