HBO renews "Ricky Gervais Show"

Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:27pm EDT

Executive producer Ricky Gervais answers a question during a panel for HBO's ''The Ricky Gervais Show'' at the HBO sessions of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 14, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Executive producer Ricky Gervais answers a question during a panel for HBO's ''The Ricky Gervais Show'' at the HBO sessions of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 14, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ricky Gervais will continue his podcast musings on HBO; the British comedian's animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show" is getting a second season.

The show is based on Gervais' popular podcast recordings with frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. In each animated episode, the three discuss a range of topics that have included donating to charities, public nudity and choosing the best superpowers.

The ratings haven't been great; "Gervais" averages 180,000 viewers an episode, with a 0.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. But Gervais is a popular performer who fits HBO's brand. The network previously aired his live-action U.K. series "Extras."

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