or


[01/06/11 - 02:08 PM]
Ricky Gervais Brings "An Idiot Abroad" to Science Channel
The eight-episode series will out Saturday, January 22 with back-to-back episodes.

[via press release from Science Channel]

RICKY GERVAIS BRINGS "AN IDIOT ABROAD" TO SCIENCE CHANNEL

--The Minds Behind "The Office" and "Extras" Bring the Eight-Part Series to Science Channel Beginning January 22 --

(Pasadena, CA) - This January, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are bringing the most elaborate practical-joke-turned-sociology-experiment in television history to Science Channel. The Emmy(R)-winning crazy geniuses behind the acclaimed series "The Office" and "Extras" bring the eight-episode series AN IDIOT ABROAD to the United States, beginning Saturday, January 22, at 10:00 PM ET/PT. A special preview episode will air immediately prior to the series premiere at 9:30 PM ET/PT.

"It's great to have AN IDIOT ABROAD on such a prestigious and innovative outlet," said Gervais. "Karl didn't even go to school and now look at him. I can't wait to hear how they announce it on air." And now on Science Channel, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send a chimp around the world to annoy it.

In AN IDIOT ABROAD, Gervais and Merchant surprise their close friend - and close-minded curmudgeon - Karl Pilkington with a forced trip around the globe to visit the Seven Wonders of the World. This jet-setting adventure would be a dream come true for most, but it is a nightmare for Pilkington, who has no interest at all in ever leaving his comfort zone in the UK.

Despite his resistance, however, he's shipped to exotic locales, including the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. His assignment at each destination is to learn the history of each Wonder of the World and immerse himself in the local customs. Will Pilkington, whom Ricky calls "the real-life Homer Simpson," broaden his perspective or trigger an international incident?

"Science Channel is television's home for the thought provocateur - and no one provokes like Ricky Gervais. He's the perfect fit for our network," said Debbie Myers, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Science Channel. "Karl Pilkington gives AN IDIOT ABROAD a real heart. He has a fearless, childlike wonder that allows him to ask the questions that others are afraid to. His fish-out-of-water experiences in these new, mysterious worlds make him the epitome of an 'accidental scientist.'"

AN IDIOT ABROAD is produced for Science Channel by Mentorn International. For Science Channel, Brian Lavin is network producer, and for Mentorn International, Dan Goldsack is executive producer.

About Science Channel:

Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of "how" and "why not." The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, Science Channel looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. Science Channel and the Science Channel HD simulcast reach more than 68 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/ScienceChannel and twitter.com/ScienceChannel.

About Mentorn International:

Mentorn Media's output has a breadth and quality that ranks it as one of the UK's foremost producers. Established in 1985, Mentorn Media is one of the UK's longest established independent television production companies, making thousands of hours for broadcasters in the UK and worldwide. Our offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff and Glasgow produce programs across a range of genres. Question Time, The Big Questions, Traffic Cops, Motorway Cops, Underage and Pregnant and Cowboy Trap are recognized brands in the BBC's output, placing Mentorn Media as the sixth biggest supplier in terms of hours to the BBC in 2009. Over the last couple years Mentorn Media has produced two series of The School Musical and, in 2010, An Idiot Abroad with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington for Sky 1HD.





  [january 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· EXTRAS (HBO)
· IDIOT ABROAD, AN (SCIENCE)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)





[01/17/17 - 03:07 PM]
Jerry Seinfeld Brings His Comedy to Netflix
As part of the exclusive pact, new episodes of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" will arrive exclusively on Netflix in late 2017, as will previous episodes of the Emmy-nominated series.

[01/17/17 - 02:15 PM]
VH1 Enlists Real-Life Talk Show Pros on Upcoming Scripted Series "Daytime Divas" Set for Spring 2017 Premiere
Additional guest stars include Richard T. Jones, Tammy Blanchard and Ness Bautista.

[01/17/17 - 12:43 PM]
USA Network Announces "The Sinner" Starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman
The first installment of the close-ended series follows a young mother (Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why.

[01/17/17 - 12:29 PM]
Video: Netflix Releases Featurette for "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Today, Netflix released a featurette detailing the collective misery involved in bringing this most regrettable tale to life.

[01/17/17 - 12:08 PM]
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Builds on Record-Setting Season Premiere
FXX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 11.

[01/17/17 - 12:00 PM]
VH1 Sets Monday, February 20th for "The Breaks" Premiere
The original film, which aired last year on VH1, followed three young friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990.

[01/17/17 - 11:02 AM]
"Nashville" on CMT Ratings Soar with Newest Episode Outpacing the Premiere as CMT's Most Watched Original Telecast Ever
CMT further spins the numbers for Thursday, January 12.

[01/17/17 - 10:06 AM]
Emmy(R)-Winning Comedy Series "Girls," Created by and Starring Lena Dunham, Returns for Sixth and Final Season Feb. 12, Exclusively on HBO
Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham, Ilene S. Landress, Murray Miller and Bruce Eric Kaplan executive produce the show.

[01/17/17 - 09:50 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelor" Keeps ABC in Front
The Alphabet continues its win streak among adults 18-49.

[01/17/17 - 09:31 AM]
Amazon Original Series "The Collection" to Launch on Prime Video in the US on February 10
The series is a gripping family saga where scandal and betrayal plague the Sabine family's relentless pursuit of success.

[01/17/17 - 09:07 AM]
John Mankiewicz Joins and Daniel Pyne Expands Role on Amazon Original Series "Bosch"
Overmyer will remain an Executive Producer on "Bosch" and is taking over showrunner duties on "The Man in the High Castle."

[01/17/17 - 09:00 AM]
Meet the Talented Young Staff Who Produce the Pages of the Biggest Women's Media Brand in the World When "So Cosmo" Premieres Wed., Feb. 8 at 8 PM ET/PT Only on E!
The eight hour-long episode series uncovers the glamour and behind-the-scenes drama of these trendsetter's celebrity encounters, fashion and beauty shoots that occur at Cosmopolitan.

[01/17/17 - 09:00 AM]
The "52nd Academy of Country Music Awards(TM)" to Be Broadcast Live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 2 on CBS
This will mark the first time the show will be broadcast from T-Mobile Arena.

[01/17/17 - 08:02 AM]
CNBC Expands Primetime Slate and Adds to Development Pipeline
The network today announced two returning series - "The Filthy Rich Guide" (spring) and "Jay Leno's Garage" (summer) both will be back for third seasons.

[01/17/17 - 08:01 AM]
Video: All New Official Trailer and Key Art for Netflix's "Santa Clarita Diet"
The new Netflix series stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant.