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Extras is done, say Gervais and Merchant

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 20th 2007 12:23PM
Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen, Ricky GervaisAccording to Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have officially stated that there will not be a third season of Extras (the story is at the bottom of this page). Just like with their other creation, The Office, the comedic creative team felt that two seasons were more than enough, and just like with The Office, the show will be wrapped up with a standalone special, air date TBD. Slightly more information is here, via The Hollywood Reporter.

In interviews, Gervais had been going back and forth on doing a third season, but I think most people knew what he and Merchant were really thinking all along. The two of them like the British format of short seasons that air whenever the creators get around to writing a new series, and they both seem like they like spending their careers doing different projects (Gervais is currently touring England with a one-man show called Fame). So hearing that Extras isn't getting a third season isn't a big surprise.

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Mark Stevenson

That is bitter sweet news. I have really enjoyed this show, and wish it wasn't ending so soon, but am happy to hear they will wrap it up with a special (I think they did an incredible job wrapping up the UK office with the christmas specials, tied up most of the loose ends). Hope they are able to get all of the stars they want for the special...

March 20 2007 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've heard Ricky Gervais say in interviews that he wants out of a project as soon as he loses his passion for it, which is good since he also said he'd rather end a show early than have it stay on too long.

Let's just hope Gervais and Merchant come up with something to work on next, because I loved Extras just as much as I loved the original Office. Which is a lot.


March 20 2007 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hate that this show is ending, but am glad they are doing a special, a la the office, to finish it off. It just seemed that it wasn't concluded at the end of series 2. I know it's not much, but I look forward to how this wraps up.

March 20 2007 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am VERY sad to hear this although not too suprised.
I thought there was more mileage in this than In the office ( US Version Not withstanding) This is one of the funniest shows On Tv at the moment. I will look forward to the special.

March 20 2007 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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