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Mitchell Hurwitz is in the thick of it with a new series

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 31st 2006 8:00AM

Cast of British comedy The Thick of ItArrested Development creator Mitchell Hurtwitz is returning to television. Settle down, settle down! He's not coming back with new installments of AD, so you can continue your extended period of mourning. No, this time around Hurtwitz is going across the pond to adapt a well-received British comedy for American audiences.

Along with Arrested writer Richard Day, Hurtwitz is beginning work on a U.S. version of The Thick of It. The original version of the show, which won the British Comedy Award for best comedy, was about a harried minister of Parliament who had to deal with inept bureaucrats under the thumb of a number of politicians and civil servants, including the prime minister. My knowledge of British comedy is slight, but the premise sounds a lot like an updated version of Yes, Minister (or Yes, Prime Minister).

Hurtwitz and Day are working with Sony to shop the program to the networks. Day is writing the pilot script and both he and Hurtwitz will server as executive producers. Now the only question is will Ron Howard narrate the show?

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EXCELLENT news. I hope they can do for The Thick of It what those great guys over at The Office managed to do (i.e. not screw up one of our few decent shows by remaking it for a US audience!)

October 31 2006 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ali Baba Ghanoush

This project seems right up Hurwitz's alley. I've been excited since I first read about it this weekend. Never mind Ron Howard narrating, I'd rather have a cameo appearance by Barry Zuckercorn.

October 31 2006 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is great news! Though I would have preferred the return of Arrested Development, I saw The Thick of It on BBCAmerica. Very low key humor in the style of "The Office." I'm eager to see how Hurwitz builds on it.

October 31 2006 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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