Fans of The Office have a new show be obsessed with. Office creator/star Ricky Gervais is about to debut his new series, Extras, on the BBC. It will be a little while until U.S. audiences can see it on HBO, but until then, American journalists are publishing reviews of the pilot, featuring Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet. The Hollywood Reporter appears to love the show, writing:
“Incisive, fearless and laugh-out-loud funny, ‘Extras’ will appeal to anyone who liked ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ Fans of ‘The Office’ will surely embrace Gervais’ new character, Andy Millman, who is far from being David Brent but is just as needy and driven in his own way and given to hilariously wince-making utterances.
Millman is a would-be actor who would rather take the humiliation and low pay of being an extra than work in an office. His goal in life is to get a line of dialogue in a production, and much of each episode is taken up with his ineffectual attempts to do so.”
Here’s the complete Hollywood Reporter review, courtesy of Reuters.