Extras

Ross

On the set of an epic war drama, Andy is frustrated that he’s not getting any lines — or even a body part on screen. He then befriends British soap star Ross Kemp, who promises to get him a line.

Tuesday 5 February / 10–10:40 pm ET/PT

Tuesday, January 22

10 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Extras – “Kate Winslet” ** PREMIERE **

Kate Winslet hopes her role as a nun in a film about the Second World War will guarantee her an Oscar. However, her meeting with Andy and Maggie leads her into a very embarrassing situation. That’s not the only embarrassing situation Andy finds himself in, a date with a fellow extra doesn’t quite turn out as expected.

Tuesday, January 29

10 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Extras – “Ben Stiller”

Andy is an extra on the set of a movie about the Balkans conflict, which is being directed by, Ben Stiller. As Andy attempts to win himself a speaking role by befriending Goran, [the Croatian man whose story is being told], he is drawn into the friction that has developed between Stiller and Goran.

Ricky Gervais and His Bit Parts Grab the Spotlight in Extras Premiering January 22 on The Comedy Network

— Hollywood stars Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller, Samuel L. Jackson, Orlando Bloom and Daniel Radcliffe guest star as themselves among a motley crew of extras —

— Season 2 makes Canadian premiere on The Comedy Network March 4 —

“If you liked The Office, you’ll love Extras” – Seattle Times

What happens when you take one struggling actor, desperate to hit the big time, and cast him in a succession of lowly support roles next to A-list stars? You get Extras – Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s next big collaborative effort as creators/writers/directors/star after their mega-hitThe Office. Featuring an impressive list of guest stars including Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Samuel L. Jackson, Season 1 of the six-part, scripted half-hour BBC/HBO import premieres Tuesday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network. Season 2, which features A-listers Orlando Bloom, rockers David Bowie and Chris Martin, Daniel Radcliffe and Sir Ian McKellen, will follow Season 1, premiering for the first time in Canada on Tuesday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on The Comedy Network.

Extras stars Ricky Gervais 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. In Season 1 he’s yet to land a speaking part, let alone saunter down any semblance of a red carpet. Despite the lack of work, Andy maintains the belief that rubbing shoulders with the A-list on-set as an extra will lead to the big time…eventually.

In Season 2, things start looking up when Andy’s script, When the Whistle Blows, is produced by the BBC and put in front of a main stream audience. Despite his burgeoning success, Andy still surrounds himself with the usual cast of characters: his hapless best-friend and fellow extra Maggie (Ashley Jenson) and his incompetent agent Darren Lamb (Stephen Merchant).

Critics in both the UK and US love the witty comedy series. The Guardian described Extras as “brilliant.” The Daily Mail called it “bold, original and – crucially – funny” and the Sunday Star said it’s “blisteringly funny… Extras really does set a new standard in cringe-making, toe-curling comedy.” Meanwhile, in the US, TV Guide pegged Extras as a “winner” and The New York Sun called it “hugely entertaining.” Extras has also been recognized by both the British and American television industries. In 2006 it won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Comedy Series” and Ricky Gervais was given the BAFTA Award for “Comedy Performance,” a win he repeated this year. Gervais was also awarded with the Emmy Award this year for “Best Actor, Comedy.”

In the premiere episode, Andy learns that women love a man in uniform and Kate Winslet teaches Maggie how to talk dirty. In the second episode, airing January 29, Andy takes a “background” role in a drama directed by…Ben Stiller.

Ricky Gervais is best-known as co-creator/co-writer/co-director and star (as David Brent) in the hit BBC sitcom series The Office, however he came late to comedy. He dabbled in the music biz for years which lead him to an office job at London’s XFM in 1997. There he took on a late-night radio show and an assistant, Stephen Merchant. When Ricky’s show was moved to Sunday afternoons Merchant joined him on-air and the comedic chemistry was undeniable. From there other TV and radio opportunities arose however the duo’s big break came in 2001 when the BBC piloted their office-based mock documentary The Office. The show was both a ratings and critical hit. Gervais won the BAFTA award for best comedy performance for three years in a row, while The Office took two Golden Globes in Hollywood in January 2004, including Gervais winning “Best Actor” for his role as David Brent – the first UK star to win a TV comedy acting prize at the US Golden Globe awards. In 2004, Gervais’ first children’s book, Flanimals, was published. He followed up with More Flanimals and Flanimals of the Deep. On the big screen Gervais was cast as a Hollywood studio boss in the Christopher Guest film For Your Consideration and appeared as the bouncer in the U.K. comedy Dog Eat Dog. In 2006, Gervais was invited to write an episode of The Simpsons. Following his success in TV, he embarked on his own live stand-up tours. His first tour was called “Animals,” based around his fascination with the animal kingdom. His follow-up stand-up act was called “Politics.”