NBC's Silverman has his eye on Hurwitz's rejected pilot
The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Thick of It, a new pilot from Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz that was rejected by ABC, may still have a fighting chance.
The Thick of It is based on a British series about folks working for a low-level congressman. The series boasts some amazing comedic talent, including John Michael Higgins, Oliver Platt, Alex Borstein, and Michael McKean. The pilot was also directed by Christopher Guest.
As you may recall, Showtime wanted to pick up Arrested Development after it was canceled, but Hurwitz decided to end the series (despite being a fan of the show, I think that was a smart move to quit while the show was still good). Showtime also bid on Thick before ABC snatched it up and subsequently dropped it.
Now, NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman, who successfully turned the British Office into a successful American series, may have his eye on Hurwitz's new series.
The Thick of It sounds good on paper, but I can't help but wonder what it is that made ABC pass on it. It's not uncommon for networks to make dumb decisions and pass on quality shows, but on the other hand, there are plenty of examples of television series in which all the right ingredients still resulted in a rather lackluster product.