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Ricky Gervais Back as Golden Globes Host, a 'True Blood' Vamp on 'Castle' & More TV News

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 28th 2011 1:30PM
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais made headlines -- most of them not very positive -- for making some racy jokes when he hosted the Golden Globes back in January. Critics said he'd never be invited back after skewering some of Hollywood's biggest stars and even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association behind the awards.

Now Gervais claims that NBC has asked him to return to host the awards again next year. But looks like the joke's on them now, since he's not sure he even wants to do it again.

As for his critics, Gervais had this to say at the Edinburgh International Television Festival: "Just because you are offended doesn't mean you are right. People fall into this myth that I'm a shock comedian. I've never been that. People say I crossed the line but I didn't draw the f***ing line, you did."

He still maintains that his jokes were for the show's 200 million viewers around the world, not for the 200 "most privileged people on the planet" in attendance.

Gervais isn't above turning down good offers -- he claims he also said no to hosting the Oscars ("It's a thankless task for a comedian. They don't want to hear jokes, they want to hear if they have won the most important award of their career."), and to having his own American talk show ("I have been offered it a few times. I got into this business so I didn't have to put a suit on and sit behind a desk five times a week.").

In other TV news ...

Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock may reunite on the small screen for Fox animated comedy. 'And Then There Was Gordon' boasts Reynolds as co-writer and voice talent, and his 'Proposal' co-star Bullock is in talks to executive produce and lend her voice as well. [Deadline]

'True Blood' vampire Jessica Tuck is heading to 'Castle,' playing a wealthy museum benefactor who becomes a suspect in a murder investigation. Fun fact: Both Tuck and 'Castle' star Nathan Fillion got their start on 'One Life to Live.' Even funner fact? Even though they never appeared together on the soap, technically they're half-siblings. (Then again, who isn't on soap operas?) [TVLine]

TBS orders new multi-camera sitcom from Breckin Meyer and Jamie Tarses. The series, titled 'Men at Work,' will focus on the work lives and sex lives of four buddies who work at a magazine. [Deadline]'

'Men of a Certain Age' is officially dead. After trying to find a new home for the cancelled TNT dramedy starring Emmy nominee Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula and co-creator Ray Romano, Romano and his fellow creator Mike Royce have thrown in the towel. [TV Series Finale]

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wbirnkrant

he was terrible,i guess i won't watch the awards this year.......

November 16 2011 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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^^**^^-----very good go-----=====w - w jor dan - for world c - m======

August 28 2011 at 11:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
markhelfgott

Ricky is the best and I don't mean Rick Ricardo. But, he was pretty good.

August 28 2011 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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