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August 18, 2005

"Extras" Gets Extras Before Firsts

Rickygervais Malbug_13Fans of Ricky Gervais' unctuous boss on The Office should be pleased that HBO has taken the rare step of picking up a second season of Gervais' much-hyped Extras before it has even debuted.  No sophomore slump for the Brit, whose new project is drawing raves on the other side of the pond.

Let's hope Gervais and Extras give HBO the creative spark it has been lacking recently.

The show premieres in the U.S. on Sept. 25.

August 01, 2005

Simpsons' Guest Voices Revealed

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If you are as tired as we are of waiting until November for Fox's TV season to get under way, you'll be pleased to know that they have switched stategies this year, debuting series when normal people do.  (For instance, we always found it odd that The Simpsons' Halloween episodes aired before the actual season "premiere.")

Not only will The Simpsons 17th season premiere on Sept. 11, but Fox has given a sneak peek at the celebs who will be lending their voices this year.  The list includes Alec Baldwin, Kelsey Grammer (as Sideshow Bob), Dennis Rodman, pitcher Randy Johnson, Joe Frazier, Ricky Gervais, William H. Macy, Lily Tomlin, Frances McDormand, Rob Reiner and Richard Dean Anderson.  (We are sure that Patty and Selma -- or at least Selma -- is moist about that last one.)

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Not only will Gervais provide his voice, but he also lent his writing talents to the episode, a fact which made the Brit funnyman quite giddy:

"I've won awards for The Office, written Extras and written an episode of The Simpsons. But if there is one thing on your CV, make sure it's The Simpsons. That's what I'm really proud of."