Hurwitz, Day in the 'Thick' of it


After skewering affluenza in Orange County, Mitchell Hurwitz and former "Arrested Development" scribe Richard Day have set their sights on the mining the humor in bureaucratic ineptitude.

Hurwitz, the Emmy-winning creator and executive producer of Fox's "Arrested Development," and Day have signed on to develop the U.S. adaptation of the BBC4 series "The Thick of It" for Sony Pictures TV, BBC Worldwide Prods. and the Hurwitz Co. The British series centers on a put-upon member of Parliament who is continually harassed by inept bureaucrats working for the prime minister and other politicians and civil servants.

Sony is in the process of shopping the project to prospective network buyers.

Day, who was a co-executive producer on "Development," will write the pilot script for the half-hour, single-camera comedy and executive produce along with Hurwitz, Armando Iannucci, creator of the original series, and Paul Telegdy of BBC Worldwide. Hurwitz will supervise the project and produce through his Hurwitz Co. banner. BBC Worldwide has a first-look production pact with Sony Pictures TV.

The original "Thick," starring Chris Langham and Peter Capaldi, took the best new comedy trophy at the British Comedy Awards.

"Development" ended its three-season run on Fox this year after collecting the Emmy for best comedy series in 2004 and an Emmy for Hurwitz for penning the show's pilot. In addition to "Development," Day's TV credits include NBC's "Good Morning, Miami" and HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show."

Hurwitz and Day are repped by CAA. Hurwitz is repped by attorney Jim Jackoway; Day is with attorney Jared Levine.