HBO have announced that they are renewing their unique animated comedy series The Ricky Gervais Show to extend to a third season. The series is an animated overlay of podcast chats recorded by Ricky Gervais, his longterm production partner Stephen Merchant, and their friend, radio producer-turned-cult celebrity Karl Pilkington, whose unconventional deadpan thoughts provide much of the show’s humour, and its subsequent popularity since its debut in 2010.
With the second-season of The Ricky Gervais Show ending this Friday on HBO, the producers of the show (which consists of companies MRC and Wildbrain Entertainment in association with HBO, and an executive production team including Lisa Ullmann and Glyn Hughes alongside the show’s stars) would have been desperate to see the series renewed, as the would the networks who air it, particularly due to the appeal of comedian Gervais (creator and star of The Office franchise, and star of movies such as The Invention of Lying).
The British host network of the show is Channel 4, who were also keen to keep their ratings winner. Channel 4 Head of Comedy Shane Allen said of the Stateside deal: “The Ricky Gervais Show is a proper treat in our schedule. The killer funny cross-examination of Karl’s deranged logic and life philosophies are a perfect fit with the comedy savvy audience of Channel 4. It’s also got the sweetest profile with a vast share of the 16-34 demographic. It should keep getting recommissioned until Karl is ‘cured’.”
Ricky Gervais himself (who recently was in the spotlight over what many critics considered a controversial performance hosting the Golden Globe Awards) said of the series which bears his name: “I am absolutely thrilled. The third season should use up the rest of the best stuff from the audiobooks and podcasts, and we are planning to record brand new material for Season 4.”