HBO Gets Animated Again With 'The Ricky Gervais Show'3/24/2010 10:48 AM Eastern
HBO will have another go with The Ricky Gervais Show.
The premium network has renewed the animated comedy series for a second season. Production will begin later this year, with the new set of installments slated to bow in 2011.
Based on the record-breaking podcast, the series launched Feb. 19 on HBO, and currently debuts new episodes on Friday night at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The 13-episode rookie campaign will conclude May 21.
The show is voiced by Gervais, his longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant and colleague and friend Karl Pilkington, whose offbeat musings inspire many of the storylines. Topics discussed in season one, according to the network, include: a Serbian man who invented a sex machine for women; a dialogue about America's first nudist organization; a serum that ages dead people backwards; the rarity of seeing a homeless Chinese person; the true meaning of such sayings as "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones;" plus the recurring "Monkey News" segment.
"Ricky's hilarious show has sparked a loyal and enthusiastic following that is growing steadily, and we're happy to bring the show back for another season," said Michael Lombardo, president, programming group and west coast operations, HBO, in announcing the pick-up. "It will be fun to see what new insights Karl has next time."