or


[08/17/05 - 12:00 AM]
BBC Two Orders Extra Extras

[via press release from BBC]

BBC TWO orders extra Extras

Date: 17.08.2005

Roly Keating, Controller of BBC TWO, has commissioned a second series of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's hit new comedy, Extras.

Says Roly Keating: "Extras sums up everything BBC TWO comedy stands for � brilliant scripts, superb observation, subtle and sometimes very black humour.

"I'm thrilled that Ricky and Stephen will be making a second series and that the audience will be able to share more of Andy and Maggie's excruciating experiences in the world of showbiz.

"We've discussed ideas for the new series and the potential is huge!"

Says Ricky Gervais: "It's a good job the BBC offered us a second series, Stephen and I had already booked the studio and promised about 30 actors a job.

"Mind you, we'd done that before the first series had been commissioned too.

"The BBC has never interfered on any level. We know how rare that is and thank them for always 'giving us enough rope'."

Plus, in an unprecedented deal brokered by BBC Worldwide in the United States, HBO has already taken up its option to co-produce a second series of Extras with the BBC before transmission of the first series.

The first series of Extras is due to transmit on HBO from 25 September 2005.

Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Ashley Jensen will all feature in the second series, to transmit on BBC TWO next year.

Ricky plays Andy Millman who, in the current series, is an extra who spends most of his days hanging around with other extras envying the A-list stars.

Stephen plays Andy's agent and Ashley plays his good friend and fellow extra, Maggie Jacobs.

The first series, currently transmitting at 9.00pm on Thursdays on BBC TWO, has received reviews to rival The Office and drawn double the usual audience to this slot - an average of 3.9m viewers and 19 per cent share for the first four episodes as opposed to the slot average of two million viewers and 9% share.

The first four programmes featured cameo appearances from Ben Stiller, Ross Kemp, Kate Winslet and Les Dennis.

This week's programme (Thursday 18 August) features Samuel L Jackson and sees Andy giving Maggie some advice about how to act around black people.

Patrick Stewart features in the final programme on Thursday 25 August.

Extras is a BBC co-production with HBO, produced by Charlie Hanson and executive produced by BBC Head of Comedy Entertainment, Jon Plowman.





  [august 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· EXTRAS (HBO)











[02/26/15 - 01:41 PM]
ABC's Primetime Grows the Most During the 2015 February Sweep, Winning Monday, Thursday and Friday During the Month in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the February sweeps period.

[02/26/15 - 01:24 PM]
Daytona 500 Bounces Back & Daytona Speedweeks Viewership Up on FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports spins the numbers for its NASCAR coverage to date this season.

[02/26/15 - 01:05 PM]
The "Supergirl" Cast Adds Two New Members - Chyler Leigh & David Harewood
They'll play Alexandra "Alex" Danvers and Hank Henshaw, respectively.

[02/26/15 - 12:57 PM]
The Dysfunctional Dollanganger Saga Returns to Lifetime(R) with Premieres of Original Movies "If There Be Thorns" on April 5 and "Seeds of Yesterday" on April 12
The film adapt the final two novels in V.C. Andrews' iconic series about the Dollanganger family.

[02/26/15 - 12:33 PM]
ESPN's 20th Season of Major League Soccer
This season's coverage will feature a new consistent "MLS Soccer Sunday" match window: Sundays at 5 p.m. ET.

[02/26/15 - 12:17 PM]
WGN America Unveils Provocative "Salem" Key Art for Season Two
Season two of "Salem" will debut on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

[02/26/15 - 11:30 AM]
CBS Announces Summer 2015 Slate
Scripted dramas "Under the Dome," "Extant" and "Zoo" are all on tap, as is a new season of "Big Brother."

[02/26/15 - 11:22 AM]
Animal Planet's "Ice Cold Gold" Returns for an Arctic-Cold Season Thursday, March 5, At 10 PM ET/PT
At the beginning of this 12-episode season, the miners are greeted with devastating news: the government sets new restrictions and takes their 13-million-dollar ruby deposit.

[02/26/15 - 10:56 AM]
ABC to Broadcast the Easter Classic Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" Easter Sunday, April 5
The legendary Cecil B. DeMille film from 1956 was an annual tradition for many families who gathered to watch the story of Moses every Easter.

[02/26/15 - 10:34 AM]
"The Tonight Show" Scores Highest 18-49 and Total Viewers in 11 Months for Week of Feb. 16-20
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of February 16-20.

[02/26/15 - 10:27 AM]
Starz Casts Riley Keough in Original Anthology Series "The Girlfriend Experience"
She'll play Christine Reade, a law student at the University of Chicago and an intern at a prestigious law firm, who is intrigued when a friend introduces her to the world of transactional relationships.

[02/26/15 - 09:12 AM]
CBS Scores with Night of Reality Premieres
CBS spins the numbers for Wednesday, February 25.

[02/26/15 - 09:01 AM]
Rev Run and the Family Serve Up Seconds in Cooking Channel's "Rev Run's Sunday Suppers"
Season two rolls out Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00/7:00c on the network.

[02/26/15 - 08:50 AM]
"Mysteries of Laura" Equals Its Top 18-49 Rating Since October 1
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, February 25.

[02/26/15 - 08:35 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Soars to Another High for FOX
The show's 5.3 rating among adults 18-49 eclipses the competition last night.