I don’t know about you, but I’m worried about the upcoming American version of Absolutely Fabulous. With good reason, really: Anybody who’s managed to sit through more than five minutes of NBC’s atrocious adaptation of the not-at-all atrocious Australian sitcom Kath & Kim knows exactly why. Still, I can’t really argue with the bit of casting news that broke this week: actress Kathryn Hahn will star opposite Kristen Johnston as Eddie in the Fox comedy.
Yeah, you’re sitting there at your computer right this second, yelling “WHO??!!” I get it. Hahn hasn’t had her big break yet, but if you’ve been to the movies at any point in the past few years, you’ll probably recognize her face. She was the only good thing in How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, she played a memorably nosy neighbor in Revolutionary Road, and she mucked it up with Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers. She’s an underappreciated talent who has always reminded me of, well, another underappreciated talent named Ana Gasteyer — seriously, they’re dead ringers for one another. I’m excited to see what she does with the role of Eddie. (Full disclosure: I have a personal interest in seeing Hahn knock this one out of the park. See, in one of the weirder nights of my career as an EW staffer, I ate a lovely dinner at Mr. Chow with producer Christine Peters, Hahn, and her actor husband Ethan Sandler, who just earned 10 extra badass points with me because, according to his Wikipedia page, he lost his right thumb in a bear fight two weeks ago.)
What about you? Do you plan to watch the new AbFab? Have you seen Hahn’s work? If so, are you a fan? And do you think she can pull off the role of Eddie…or will this be another Kath & Kim-sized pile of doodoo? Lay it on me, PopWatchers.
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