Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais has once again struck gold with a cable television series. This time his success stems from the aptly titled “The Ricky Gervais Show” on the HBO network. According to Reuters, the freshman animated series has been renewed for a second season, which will mark the return of Gervais and his co-stars Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington.
“The Ricky Gervais Show” is based on a series of podcasts where the three collaborators discuss a various array of topics. Seriously, they talk about the most random things like what superpower they would choose or their stance on public nudity. That type of banter must be what HBO execs are looking for these days because they’ll be back for another round next season.
The network’s decision comes as a surprise because when “The Ricky Gervais Show” originally aired its ratings weren’t that great. As a matter of fact it still only “averages 180,000 viewers an episode, with a 0.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.” But there’s a certain amount of history between the actor and HBO, the network previously aired his UK based series “Extras,” which lasted a few seasons before Gervais decided to pull the plug.
Even though the ratings are dismal now it doesn’t mean they won’t improve with time. You know what other HBO show had horrible ratings when it first aired? “True Blood.” We see how that one turned out.
Do you watch The Ricky Gervais Show? Were you a fan of Extras or the BBC version of The Office?