Monday, September 18, 2006
Ricky Gervais Returns To UK TV
His new comedy "Extras" -- which was amusing but of course a let-down after the brilliance of "The Office" -- is back on UK TV with season two of "Extras." It premiered on Saturday with 3.5 million viewers, which is substantially down from its season one debut but still very strong. It ranks as the highest rated sitcom on BBC2 of the year, so far. So, well done if not titanic in quality or viewers. The smartest thing Gervais did with this show was to insist it be on BBC2 where expectations could be lowered. He simply doesn't make blockbuster hits -- just very funny ones.