via press release:
THE, ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES BASED ON
THE-HIT PODCAST, RETURNS JAN. 14, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
THE, the animated comedy series based on the record-breaking podcast, returns to HBO for its 13-episode second season FRIDAY, JAN. 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other new episodes on subsequent Fridays at the same time. The voices are recorded by Ricky Gervais, his longtime collaborator, Stephen Merchant, and Gervais’ colleague and friend, Karl Pilkington, whose offbeat musings inspire many of the storylines.
Once again, THEanimates podcasts that first appeared on The Guardian website, and subsequently earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most downloads. Topics covered in season two include: 21st-century scientific innovations, bizarre medical stories, Ricky’s pet project to “Get Karl Famous” and Karl’s fascination with doppelgangers and twins, as well as the regular features “Monkey News” and readings from Karl’s diary.
Debut: FRIDAY, JAN. 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 14 (9:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 16 (1:00 a.m.), 17 (11:00 p.m.) and 18 (12:05 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 15 (8:45 p.m.) and 20 (1:40 a.m.)
Karl describes his recent pitch to a movie studio, about a thriller starring Rebecca De Mornay and the internationally known actor “Clive Warren.” Entries from Karl’s diary include: reasons he wouldn’t like to travel to Australia, the story of the last time he went camping and a recent visit to his girlfriend’s parents.
Debut: FRIDAY JAN. 21 (9:00-9:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 21 (12:30 a.m.), 23 (1:10 a.m.), 24 (11:00 p.m.) and 25 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 22 (8:30 p.m.) and 27 (2:05 a.m.)
Stephen reads an e-mail from a listener who asks, “If Karl could spend a day with his doppelganger, what would he do with him?” Ricky poses a logic riddle for Karl to solve. Entries from Karl’s diary include: why he doesn’t understand art, why his aunt wants to cover her backyard with Astroturf and why he doesn’t like Ricky’s cat. Finally, Stephen shares anecdotes from his trip to Rio de Janeiro.
Debut: FRIDAY JAN. 28 (9:00-9:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 28 (12:30 a.m.), 30 (1:00 a.m.) and 31 (11:15 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 29 (8:30 p.m.) and Feb. 3 (2:25 a.m.)
Ricky reads some little-known facts to Karl, such as the revelation that sharks are immune to cancer. Karl recounts medical news. Entries from Karl’s diary include: his observations on The Congo, mishaps when ordering takeout and his visit to a gadget shop.
Season one of THEinspired critical praise, with the New York Times saying the series was “proof that big laughs can come in small doses,” while the New York Post described the show as “crazy fun,” and the Houston Chronicle observed that the show’s “pointless conversations will keep you in stitches.”
Ricky Gervais’ previous HBO credits include the series “Extras,” which brought him an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; the show was written and directed by Gervais and Merchant, who were also creators of the Golden Globe-winning BBC comedy series “The.” Gervais also starred in the Emmy®-nominated 2008 HBO special “Ricky Gervais: Out of England – The Stand-Up Special.” His new HBO special, “Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 – The Stand-Up Special,” debuts Saturday, Dec. 18.
THEis produced for HBO Entertainment by Media Rights Capital in association with Wildbrain; executive producers, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington, Glyn Hughes, Bob Higgins, Lisa Ullmann, Steve Patrick; supervising producer, Margaret M. Dean; producer, Michelle Wilson; director, Dan Fraga.