Three more pilots get vectors


A Britcom redo, a mystery drama and a medical procedural are the latest broadcast pilots to get the green light.

Fox has picked up "Absolutely Fabulous," a U.S. version of the cult British comedy; ABC has ordered "Happy Town," from "October Road" creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg; and NBC has given thumbs up to "Trauma."

Christine Zander penned the Los Angeles-set adaptation of the BBC's "Ab Fab," about a neurotic fashion publicist and her best friend, an outrageous fashion editor, who drive the former's sensible teen daughter up the wall with their wild behavior. Sony Pictures TV, BBC Worldwide Prods. and Tantamount are producing.

Zander is exec producing the pilot with Jennifer Saunders, who created and starred in the original series, as well as BBC Worldwide Prods.' Ian Moffitt and Tantamount's Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.

"Happy Town," greenlighted as a two-hour pilot, is a mystery set in the hamlet of Happy Town, which had enjoyed a seven-year peace after a series of kidnappings until it is hit by another crime.

The drama, written on spec, had enjoyed strong buzz since the script was delivered to the studio a week ago.

ABC Studios is producing the project with Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg exec producing. The trio also created and are executive producing the ABC/ABC Studios freshman drama "Life on Mars."

NBC's "Trauma," whose order is director-contingent, is a medical procedural that takes place in the field. Dario Scardapane wrote the pilot, from UMS and Peter Berg's Film 44. Scardapane is exec producing with Berg and Sarah Aubrey.

"Trauma" marks the second medical pilot at NBC along with "Mercy." (partialdiff)