or


[04/27/05 - 12:00 AM]
Gervais/Merchant Series Extras Set to Take America by Storm

[via press release from BBC]

Gervais/Merchant series Extras set to take America by storm

Date : 27.04.2005

BBC Worldwide has secured its first ever British comedy co-production deal with the US cable channel HBO for the new Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant comedy series Extras.

Currently in production, Extras is the hotly anticipated new comedy series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (creators of the Golden Globe-winning BBC comedy series The Office). The six-episode first season will debut on BBC TWO in the UK this summer, with the HBO debut to be announced soon.

"Ricky Gervais is one of the most original comic voices working today," noted Carolyn Strauss, President, HBO Entertainment. "HBO is extremely proud to join with the BBC in bringing his new show to America."

Jon Plowman, Head of Comedy Entertainment, BBC, added: "I am thrilled to be partnering with HBO, an American network renowned for the quality and originality of its programming. I'm confident that Ricky's new show will add to their superb lineup."

Ricky Gervais said: "It's an honour to be on the same channel that gave us The Sopranos and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse."

Extras stars Ricky Gervais as bitter, aspiring actor Andy Millman, who gives up his day job to pursue fame in the movies, only to find he just can't land the big parts. Each episode will have a different setting and feature cameos by top Hollywood stars, including Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet and Patrick Stewart. The cast will also feature Stephen Merchant as Millman's agent.

Extras is written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, produced by Charlie Hanson and executive produced by Jon Plowman.

Extras builds on the BBC's long standing relationship with HBO that has seen previous successful co-production partnerships which include the upcoming series "Rome," as well as the HBO Films presentations "Dirty War" and �The Gathering Storm."





  [april 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· DIRTY WAR (HBO)
· EXTRAS (HBO)
· GATHERING STORM, THE (HBO)
· ROME (HBO)









[07/27/15 - 10:00 AM]
"Tut" Averages 2.2 Million Viewers - Largest Viewership in Timeslot in 8 Years
Spike TV further spins the numbers for July 19-21.

[07/27/15 - 09:31 AM]
There's a Party on MTV Every Monday Night with a Fresh New Line-Up That Feels So Right
Said block includes new seasons of "Awkward" and "Faking It" followed by new series "Todrick" and "Girl Code Live."

[07/27/15 - 08:53 AM]
SportsCenter Special: Cowboys Training Camp to Air August 4 in Primetime on ESPN
A year ago, ESPN hosted a similar show spotlighting the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

[07/27/15 - 08:17 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Celebrity Family Feud" Keeps ABC on Top in Demos
The Alphabet once again leads the night among adults 18-49.

[07/27/15 - 07:45 AM]
WE tv Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Iconic Series "Law & Order" This August
The festivities begin with a two-night marathon on Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29, beginning at 8:00/7:00c.

[07/27/15 - 07:42 AM]
Comedy Central Launches "The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder" on SiriusXM's Comedy Central Radio
"This radio show has existed since the day Soder and I met, now we finally get a chance to share it with a live audience," said Oakerson.

[07/27/15 - 06:40 AM]
Investigation Discovery and iHeartRadio Join Forces to Launch "Crime Feed Podcast," A Weekly Fix to Keep Current on All Things Criminal
A companion to ID's popular website Crime Feed (www.crimefeed.com), the podcast features hosts and ID experts, Darren Kavinoky and Loni Coombs.

[07/27/15 - 06:05 AM]
Amazon Original Kids Series "Wishenpoof" Will Launch for Amazon Prime Members in the US, UK and Germany on August 14
"Wishenpoof" is an animated preschool series that revolves around Bianca as she solves life's problems in her own creative ways because with magic, or without, we all have the power to make good choices.

[07/27/15 - 06:01 AM]
Video: Netflix - "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" - "Return to Camp Firewood" Featurette
The best summer of your life starts this Friday, July 31 at 12:01am PT only on Netflix.

[07/26/15 - 08:48 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: UFC Puts FOX on Top in Demos
The network's 16th installment of the franchise leads the night among adults 18-49.

[07/26/15 - 08:45 AM]
"Hannibal" Maintains Last Week's Rating in Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, July 25.

[07/25/15 - 08:32 PM]
Stars of TLC's Hit Show "Little People Big World" Just Married
The wedding will air as a two-hour special on Tuesday, August 25 at 8:00/7:00c.

[07/25/15 - 09:02 AM]
NBC Ties for the Friday Win Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, July 24.

[07/25/15 - 08:48 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Share Demo Crown
The Alphabet's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" is the night's top program among adults 18-49.

[07/24/15 - 03:44 PM]
"Mr. Robinson" to Air Back-to-Back Episodes for Its Wednesday, Aug. 5 Premiere, Followed by "The Carmichael Show" on Aug. 26
Both "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show" are scheduled for six episodes.