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A-List Stars Want Ricky Gervais To Do Third Season Of 'Extras'

November 7th, 2011 11:44pm EST
Ricky Gervais
Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon are itching for a role in Ricky Gervais' sitcom Extras - but he is adamant he has no plans for a third season of the show.

The Office creator attracted showbiz A-listers including Robert De Niro, David Bowie and Kate Winslet to parody themselves in the comedy about a struggling actor.

Gervais insists he has no desire to relaunch the show for a third season - but his co-star Ashley Jensen has revealed a host of Hollywood stars are waiting in the wings if he changes his mind.

Jensen tells U.K. TV show This Morning, "I would love to do it again, I really would. The...
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Ricky Gervais Defends Dwarfism Sitcom

July 12th, 2011 8:26am EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has defended his new sitcom centered around Warwick Davis, insisting he doesn't rely on the dwarf actor's short stature for the show's jokes.

Gervais and his writing partner Stephen Merchant recruited the Harry Potter star, who was born with dwarfism, for upcoming TV comedy Life's Too Short, about a dwarf actor running a struggling showbiz agency.

However, The Office funnyman is adamant he doesn't poke fun at Davis' disability in the series.

He tells Britain's Absolute Radio Breakfast Show, "This is nothing to do with his height. We're not getting jokes out of him being ...
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Ricky Gervais Lands Role On 'Curb'

June 14th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais is returning to TV after landing a role alongside his comedy idol Larry David in the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The pair will shoot the eighth season of the hit show this summer in New York City, after the comedy relocated from Los Angeles.

Gervais tells WENN.com, "I was offered a role a few seasons back but couldn't do it as I was filming Extras. I've always wanted to work with Larry as I consider him one of the most important comedic minds of the past 50 years. He is also one of the nicest people I know."

And he's looking forward to working in the Big Apple, ...
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Ricky Gervais Planning A Dwarf Sitcom

April 22nd, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais is teaming up with his Extras co-star Warwick Davis for a new sitcom about the everyday life of a dwarf.

The BBC has commissioned The Office funnyman to write and oversee a pilot episode of observant comedy Life's Too Short, which will give an insight into Davis' world.

British actor Davis, who was born with dwarfism, is most famous for starring in 1980s fantasy film Willow and his recurring role as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter movie series. Gervais, who makes a cameo appearance in Life's Too Short, insists the program will be a quirky hit.

He says, ''It's a cr...
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Q&A: Ricky Gervais On HBO's Animation Of Favorite Karl Pilkington Conversations

February 18th, 2010 11:32am EST
The Ricky Gervais Show
Ricky Gervais is a funny guy. Every show he's in gets critical acclaim like the British The Office which inspired the hit American show and other remakes around the world. Fans of his Extras are still clamoring for a reunion show or something to keep the magic going.

At least now they'll have The Ricky Gervais Show to get their Ricky fix. Only Gervais isn't the funny one on this show. The source of all the laughs is a guy named Karl Pilkington who just says has the strangest observations on life. Gervais, his partner Stephen Merchant and Pilkington have a podcast where they just talk a...
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The Right People At The Wrong Time: A Look at CBS' New Fall Shows

September 4th, 2009 9:06am EDT
Accidentally on Purpose
Accidentally on Purpose creator Claudia Lonow describes her new fall show, a comedy based on a memoir of the same name by Mary F. Pols, as being an unconventional romantic comedy. Jenna Elfman's character is a 30-something - well actually 37 as the pilot is quick to constantly point out - newspaper woman who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a 20-something (the adorable Jon Foster) who lives in his van. From there, the two move in together because the guy is determined to do what he can to be a good dad, despite being scared to death and not really having a frame of reference on ho...
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Q&A With Aldis Hodge Who Plays Computer Hacker Alec Hardison On TNT's 'Leverage'

August 26th, 2009 11:53am EDT
Aldis Hodge - Leverage
Tonight's episode of Leverage (9pm ET on TNT) -- An episode we saw earlier this week and think it's the best episode of the season -- has the team going head-to-head with a rival gang of thieves that features Griffin Dunne and Wil Wheaton. Aldis Hodge -- who plays computer hacker Alec Hardison -- joins us to discuss the current season and to make sure you don't compare the show to "Oceans 11."

Mike: I'm curious, how much do you think you have in common with Hardison?

Aldis Hodge: Well, all the personality and humor's there; the sarcasm is there. As far as skills as a hacker, he's way ...
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The Best And Worst Of Kate Winslet

December 22nd, 2008 10:18am EST
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is one of the most respected actresses of modern day, and she is also remarkable in her excellent list of film roles from start to finish. There were very few movies that could even be considered 'bad' on her resume, and even the less successful ones garnered praise for her performance alone. Beautiful, intelligent, picky, and somewhat of an indie film darling, Winslet has a wicked sense of humor to go along with her sweet smile. Just watch her guest appearance on "Extras!" This British spitfire has been nominated for five Oscars with no wins ... yet. We'll have to see what the...
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TV Shows That Deserve An Emmy Nomination On July 17

July 2nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
House
As TV continues to evolve, so does the Emmy voting process. This year, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences leaked the preliminary results of the voting for Best Comedy and Best Drama Series. In the coming weeks, a blue ribbon panel will narrow the top 10 down to the final five nominees. Their findings will be presented along with the rest of the nominees on the morning of July 17.

In the meantime, their top 10 lists are ripe for debate. Who among the chosen few deserves the honor of an actual nomination? I'm here to help the panel by offering an expert opinion honed over an e...
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Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'The Office' (British Version)

January 28th, 2008 10:01am EST
The Office
The American version of "The Office" has been in repeats longer than any show affected by the writers' strike. In fact, its last episode aired before Thanksgiving, creating a withdrawal that has lasted more than two months for fans.

This is the perfect opportunity for those obsessed with "The Office" to see where it all began, on the other side of the pond.

The U.K. version of "The Office" is in many ways dissimilar to its American counterpart. For example, the U.S. characters Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Michael (Steve Carell) (versus the British Gareth Kenan and David Brent), are...
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New TV On DVD, Jan. 15

January 15th, 2008 8:00am EST
The Old Adventures of New Christine
In The New Adventures of Old Christine, single working mom Christine Campbell has just learned that her ex is dating a much-younger woman with the same first name. To avoid any confusion, everyone calls one woman New Christine and the other Old Christine. You can guess which is which. Season one is now on DVD. Also in stores: Extras the complete series, The Rockford Files season five, and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch season three.
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Golden Globes Ceremony May Be Cancelled But We Still Have Our Predictions

January 8th, 2008 3:17pm EST
Juno
The writers' strike has officially infiltrated awards season. The Golden Globes have been reduced to a lackluster news conference. That means no best and worst dressed list. No boozy celebrities making a fool of themselves. All that remains is an hour-long meeting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with angry WGA picketers surrounding the premises.

So, until the Hollywood powers-that-be finally buckle down and give the writers what they want and deserve, we here at Starpulse are going to call the winners and losers. We looked at reviews, other expert predictions, viewer attitudes and who we ...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Top 5 Comedies

December 27th, 2007 12:00pm EST
How I Met Your Mother
Long gone are the days of NBC's "Must See TV," which consisted of classics such as The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, and Friends. Although today's comedic offerings aren't as legendary as those in the past, there are still a few gems that shone slightly brighter in '07.

Top 5 Comedies:

5. "The Simpsons" - It's still one of the best shows on TV after all this time, and it managed to avoid the lull suffered by "South Park" following the release of its first film. This year Homer was allowed to be a bit smarter than in seasons past, and it returned to more of the satirical humor tha...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Great Performances

December 26th, 2007 10:02am EST
30 Rock
In 2006, television asserted itself as the premier of visual literature in present-day America. Our sets burst forth with so much art that they put the current cinema and recycled shows of the stage to shame.

2007 saw a decided step back for TV as a medium with several great shows either coming to an end, being canceled, or losing there way. The new crop of shows the networks trotted out in the fall did little to build upon the incredible year enjoyed by TV in 2006 and was instead cause for a reversal of course.

Despite the troubling year on the small screen, it was still easy...
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Catch 'Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale' On HBO Dec. 16

December 15th, 2007 8:00am EST
Extras
"Extras: The Extra Special Series" closes out the hilarious series with Andy Millman the 40-something-year-old actor who is finally able to claim the fame and money he has worked so hard for.

But now, after three numbing seasons of the popular British sitcom "When the Whistle Blows," Andy is fed up with low brow anecdotes. Between over used catch phrases, over-sized sunglasses and horrible sales for his look-a-like doll, Andy is eager to break free from his TV stereotype. Striving to gain respect, he is ready to make certain changes that will turn his life upside down. However, due to...
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Celebrity Fashion Review: Starpulse Critiques The Stars

November 12th, 2007 10:40am EST
Tom & Katie
Let's face it. At one point or another, we all love to check out what celebrities are wearing, especially when it comes to red carpet events. Some girls know how to work it. Some boys know how to make it. And some stars just can't get it together.

Girls who work it:

At the DKNY Delicious Night Fragrance Launch Party on Nov. 7, the ever changing Christina Ricci was certainly working it, looking fabulous in a flowy come-kiss-me lipstick red dress. Christina kept it simple yet still tres chic by wearing black pumps and carrying a black clutch to compliment her outfit.

At the s...
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Winners At Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards

September 17th, 2007 8:29am EDT
The Sopranos
Winners in major categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (in bold):

Drama Series: ''Boston Legal,'' ABC; ''Grey's Anatomy,'' ABC; ''Heroes,'' NBC; ''House,'' Fox; ''The Sopranos,'' HBO.

Comedy Series: ''Entourage,'' HBO; ''The Office,'' NBC; ''30 Rock, NBC; ''Two and a Half Men,'' CBS; ''Ugly Betty,'' ABC.

Miniseries: ''Broken Trail,'' AMC; ''Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; ''The Starter Wife,'' USA.

Made-for-TV Movie: ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,'' HBO; ''Inside the Twin Tow...
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New TV On DVD, July 10

July 10th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Bewitched
The long-running ABC sitcom Bewitched starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens, a pert, perky, suburban housewife who happened to be a genuine witch, with all the usual magical powers. A mere mortal, her husband Darrin insisted that Samantha behave like an ordinary human being, and that she keep her witchcraft under wraps at all times. Season 5 is now on DVD. Also in stores: seasons 2 of Beauty & The Beast and Extras.
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HBO Store Opens In NYC; Win HBO Stuff!

March 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
HBO Contest
To mark the Grand Opening of the new HBO Store in New York City, Starpulse has teamed up with Deep Focus to give away a great HBO prize to one lucky winner each week!

The long-awaited, new HBO Shop in NYC has finally opened its doors to the public! The store offers exclusive items pertaining to each of HBO's hit series including, Sex and the City, Entourage, Rome, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Extras, and more.

Some of the items at the store are exclusive to the Shop and are housed as mini-museum items for viewing only. Some of the exclusive items you can fin...
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New TV on DVD, Jan. 9

January 9th, 2007 8:00am EST
MI-5
New this week: season one of Extras and volume four of MI-5. Ricky Gervais heads the cast of "Extras" as Andy Millman, a would-be actor in his early forties who quits his day job to become a full-time movie and TV extra. The British espionage-adventure series "MI-5" pits undercover agents of the country's MI-5 squad (the U.K. equivalent of the CIA) against international troublemakers and terrorists.
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Ricky Gervais Astounded By A-List Treatment

December 27th, 2006 9:28am EST
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais loves working on Hollywood films because of the A-list treatment he receives. The British comic star was personally invited by Ben Stiller - who guest-starred on Gervais' hit BBC comedy series Extras - to play an eccentric museum boss in new family film A Night At The Museum.

Gervais, who won two prestigious Golden Globe Awards for his hit comedy show The Office, was delighted to be offered the part but was even more surprised by the stellar treatment he got.

He told BANG Showbiz : "My girlfriend and I were flown first class to Vancouver and put up in this amazing ho...
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Madonna and Brad Pitt Tapped for 'Extras'?

February 7th, 2006 9:32am EST
Brad Pitt
Madonna and Brad Pitt have reportedly signed up for the second series of 'Extras'. Ricky Gervais is rumoured to have persuaded the singer and 'Ocean's Eleven' actor to play themselves in the comedy show. The first series featured many A-list stars including Oscar winning actress Kate Winslett, 'Pulp Fiction's Samuel L Jackson and Ben Stiller.

Gervais recently told talkshow host David Letterman that he was star-struck when he met Jude Law at the Golden Globe awards. He revealed: "What do I say to them? They say, 'I love the show,' and I go, 'You're, uh, good too.' You want to be like Os...
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