BBC America and Jennifer Saunders are teaming up to co-produce two new comedies.
According to Variety, one will include a British version of The Golden Girls. Saunders will write and star in both series, one of which reunites her with Absolutely Fabulous co-star, Joanna Lumley - Clatterford, which is centered on the misadventures of a women's club in a small English town.
It follows widow Sal Vine (Sue Johnston), who joins the club after the death of her husband. Her arrival ignites a flurry of gossip within the women's circles. Lumley plays an unglamorous eccentric who causes mischief in the town, while Saunders will play busybody Caroline.
That will premiere early on in 2007 on BBC America with a seven-episode run.
The other show, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, is a dark comedy starring Miranda Richardson; it's a female version of The Larry Sanders Show. It's described as a talk show sendup with Saunders playing the titular Vyle, beloved host of a British live therapy show, and Richardson portraying her ambitious producer Helena.
Both shows have received a seven-episode order.