or


[12/22/09 - 12:32 PM]
The Ricky Gervais Show, Animated Comedy Series Based on the Smash-Hit Podcast, Debuts FeB. 19, Exclusively on Hbo
The show's debut will be followed by the second-season launch of "The Life and Times of Tim."

[via press release from HBO]

THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW, ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES BASED ON THE SMASH-HIT PODCAST, DEBUTS FEB. 19, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2009 � THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW, a 13-episode animated comedy series based on the record-breaking podcast, debuts FRIDAY, FEB. 19 (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Voiced by Ricky Gervais, his longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant and colleague and friend Karl Pilkington, whose offbeat musings inspire many of the storylines, the show's debut will be followed by the second-season debut of "The Life and Times of Tim."

THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW animates podcasts that first appeared on The Guardian website, and subsequently earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most downloads. Topics covered include: the merits of 20th century inventions; Karl's suggestion for population control; philosophy through the ages; Karl's round head; and thoughts on charity. Regular features include a "Monkey News" segment and excerpts from Karl's journal, read by Stephen.

This is the second collaboration between HBO and Media Rights Capital, following "The Life and Times of Tim," which debuted on the network in 2008, and returns for its second season in February.

Ricky Gervais' previous HBO credits include the series "Extras," which brought him an Emmy(R) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; the show was written and directed by Gervais and Merchant, who were also creators of the Golden Globe-winning BBC comedy series "The Office." Gervais also starred in the Emmy(R)-nominated 2008 HBO presentation "Ricky Gervais: Out of England � The Stand-Up Special."

Media Rights Capital (MRC) is a leading independent film, television and digital studio. The company specializes in the creation of premium content, custom building distribution for each of its projects and partnering directly with leading creative talent. In addition to THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW and "The Life and Times of Tim," MRC's 2009 TV projects include "Rita Rocks" and "Shaq Vs." Its film projects include: "The Invention of Lying," written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson; "Shorts," written and directed by Robert Rodriguez; Sacha Baron Cohen's "Br�no"; M. Night Shyamalan's "The Night Chronicles"; "The Adjustment Bureau," written and directed by George Nolfi and starring Matt Damon; "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp's next project; and "Taken" director Pierre Morel's next film.

Wildbrain is an award-winning entertainment company and one of the world's foremost producers of animation. The studio develops and produces television, motion pictures, short-form programming, commercial content and licensed merchandise. In addition to THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW, the studio has produced an exceptional slate of programming, including the critically acclaimed television series and live touring show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" and the hit Disney series "Higglytown Heroes." Wildbrain and its creative team have won top industry awards. In film, the studio won an Annie for its computer graphics short film "Hubert's Brain." Wildbrain has received Clios, Addys, BDA Awards and Annies for their commercial work, reinvigorating classic brands for leading companies including The Coca-Cola Company, Honda, Kraft and Nike and has gained national attention for their animation work on behalf of Esurance and Virgin America. Its upcoming television and short-form projects include "Bubble Guppies," a collaboration with the team behind "The Backyardigans," for Nick Jr., and "Team Smithereen," the stunt puppet show from Dan Clark. Wildbrain's sister company, Kidrobot, creates limited edition toys, clothing, artwork and books, with stores in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW is produced for HBO Entertainment by Media Rights Capital in association with Wildbrain; executive producers, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington, Glyn Hughes and Bob Higgins; co-executive producer, Lisa Ullmann; supervising producer, Margaret M. Dean; consulting producer, Loren Bouchard; producer, Michelle Papandrew.





  [december 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· EXTRAS (HBO)
· LIFE & TIMES OF TIM, THE (HBO)
· RICKY GERVAIS SHOW, THE (HBO)





[10/12/19 - 08:38 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "WWE SmackDown" Holds Onto Demo Crown
FOX's telecast is still the adults 18-49 champ, but down over 28% from last week's network debut.

[10/11/19 - 02:00 PM]
Disney Channel Orders Family Dance Competition Series "Disney Fam Jam"
Each episode of the competition series will feature two families hitting the floor in three unique rounds of dance battles to see which family will be crowned "Disney Fam Jam" Champs.

[10/11/19 - 10:34 AM]
truTV's "The Carbonaro Effect" Returns Nov. 7
In these all-new eight half-hour episodes, viewers will watch in disbelief as Michael raises the spirt and body of a nun and takes the phrases "cat lady" and "grass fed beef" literally.

[10/11/19 - 10:06 AM]
Rare Maps Used to Investigate Mysteries in New Science Channel Series "Unexplained and Unexplored" Premiering Sunday, November 10 at 10PM
Explorers Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah use historical maps as well as modern imaging techniques to examine these and other mysteries in a new eight-episode series.

[10/11/19 - 10:01 AM]
ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform Will Present the First Episode of the Upcoming Disney+ Original Series, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," on Friday, Nov. 8
Said airing comes in advance of the series' bow on the highly anticipated streaming service, Disney+ (launching Tuesday, November 12).

[10/11/19 - 10:00 AM]
CBS All Access' "The Stand" Welcomes Additional Cast Members
Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara and Hamish Linklater are the latest on tap.

[10/11/19 - 08:12 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Stays on Top with "Thursday Night Football"
The network's NFL coverage continues its reign in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/11/19 - 06:55 AM]
YouTube Announces Two New Projects in Celebration of International Day of the Girl
Together with the Obama Foundation's Girls Opportunity Alliance, YouTube Originals will create a dynamic learning special to spark a conversation around the global state of adolescent girls education.

[10/11/19 - 06:12 AM]
MTV's "Floribama Shore" Heads to St. Petersburg, FL for New Season Premiering Thursday, November 14th at 8PM ET/PT with Back-to-Back Episodes
Following a dramatic wrap-up in Panama City Beach last season, "Floribama Shore," the #1 series in its time period, heads south to take over a new city for another wild summer.

[10/10/19 - 02:00 PM]
Actor, Singer, Host Extraordinaire Wayne Brady Joins "Black Lightning" as Gravedigger
Tyson "Gravedigger" Spikes is a World War II-era member of the U.S. military who became a "super soldier" after a secret experiment gifted him with enhanced strength, agility, tactical genius, and hand-to-hand combat expertise.

[10/10/19 - 02:00 PM]
October Is Fang-Tastic on ABC as the Network Treats Viewers to Halloween-Themed Episodes and Classic Specials
Classic Halloween specials "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "Toy Story OF TERROR!" also return for encore performances.

[10/10/19 - 01:45 PM]
Oscar and Emmy Winner Holly Hunter to Star as Sally Yates in CBS Television Studios Miniseries
She joins the previously announced Jeff Daniels as James Comey, Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump, Michael Kelly as Andrew McCabe and Jennifer Ehle as Patrice Comey.

[10/10/19 - 01:01 PM]
All-New Holiday Special "How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming," Based on the Hugely Popular Dreamworks Animation Film Trilogy, to Air Dec. 3 at 8:30 P.M. ET/PT on NBC
The special will feature the return of Jay Baruchel as the voice of Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, Gerard Butler as Stoick, Craig Ferguson as Gobber and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs.

[10/10/19 - 12:30 PM]
Freeform Rounds Up the Cast for Pilot "Close Up" from "How to Get Away with Murder's" Pete Nowalk and ABC Signature Studios
Plus: Natalie Chaidez joins as showrunner with Alex Kalymnios set to direct.

[10/10/19 - 12:28 PM]
Video: YouTube Debuts Official Trailer and Announces Inaugural Authors for New "BookTube" Learning Series
A new episode will air the third Thursday of each month.