DESCRIPTION: (from HBO's web site, September 2008) What happens when a beleaguered "background artist" finally catches his big break? For Andy Millman, who's just broken through with his own TV sitcom, fame means a whole new level of humiliation. Ricky Gervais stars as Andy Millman, a 40-something actor who gave up his day job to pursue movie fame -- only to find he couldn't land any substantial parts. Undaunted by failure and convinced of his star potential, Andy finally turned the corner when a comedy pilot he wrote got picked up by a British TV network. Despite his many gaffs and foibles, Andy may well be on his way to fame and fortune...if only he can survive meddling network executives, questionable fans, and the gross ineptitude of his clueless agent, Darren Lamb (Stephen Merchant). Throughout Andy's latest misadventures there is a reassuring constant: his ongoing friendship with Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jensen), the perky if none-too-bright actress who continues to slog away as an extra on various big-budget movie sets, all the while searching for a man with two even legs. Season Two also features appearances by Orlando Bloom (Kingdom of Heaven, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean films), pop star David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe (title character for the Harry Potter hits), Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sir Ian McKellen (the X-Men series, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and flamboyant British radio and TV personality Jonathan Ross. The first season of Extras earned numerous accolades from critics: "Extras is a winner" (TV Guide), "The pay channel's best half-hour since 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'" (Daily Variety), "wincingly funny... Gervais is an absolute master" (The Washington Post), "hugely entertaining" (New York Sun), "fabulously funny" (New York Daily News), and "*****" (Maxim). Last season's guests included Kate Winslet, Patrick Stewart, Ross Kemp, Vinnie Jones and Les Dennis. (Winslet and Stewart were both Emmy®-nominated for their guest roles.) Created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, 'Extras' is a joint production of HBO and the BBC.