Ricky Gervais Produces ‘An Idiot Abroad’ Season 2 for Science

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An Idiot Abroad Season 2 Science Ricky Gervais Produces ‘An Idiot Abroad’ Season 2 for Science

Science plans to bring back the highly rated travel program An Idiot Abroad from producers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for season 2.

Last year, nascent adventurer Karl Pilkington was sent on a globetrotting escapade (more or less against his will) by his long-time friends Gervais and Merchant. During the season, Pilkington visited the likes of Rio, Egypt and China where he participated in strange challenges – when he wasn’t too busy complaining.

Pilkington’s general distaste for the adventure, in conjunction with his less-than-exuberant reactions toward his surroundings, helped make An Idiot Abroad the highest viewed program for Science in the channel’s history.

Things will be a little different for the show in its second season. The inaugural run of Idiot was actually acquired by Science after it first aired in the UK. This time around, the cable channel will be taking part in upcoming episodes by serving as a producing partner – thereby having a say in which locales will make Pilkington miserable next.

It seems Pilkington’s onscreen discomfort is something of a treat for Gervais, who seems excited at the possibilities in store for his friend:

“We’re thrilled to return to Science for another grand experiment. It was hard work getting Karl to agree to another torture session, I mean series. It was time to give him a piece of the pie. It will most probably end up in his face. Most people think that the name of our production company, RiSK, is a combination of our initials. It’s also because there is a small chance that Karl could die.”

The concept of season 2 will focus on ‘bucket list’ destinations – or places one should see before they die. Whose bucket list? Well, not Pilkington’s, likely. To hear him put it, he’s not too fond of the concept:

“I’ve never understood the ‘things to do before you die’ idea. If I was ill, I’d be in no mood to have a swim with a dolphin.”

Science executive vice president and general manager Debbie Myers has a bit of a different take on the notion:

An Idiot Abroad was an absolute game-changer for Science. It brought humor to our network, and our audience responded in a huge way. This new season will be even bigger-Karl’s bucket list will be full of some of the most hilarious and ridiculous situations ever captured on television.”

It’s good to see the channel is willing to take a more lighthearted stance on a genre that has recently started to get a little dry. The world has become a much smaller place with the onset of these types of programs, but Pilkington’s utter disdain for his voyage, activities, and experiences somehow work to make this travel show feel fresh, exciting and original. Perhaps it’s just more entertaining to watch a funny man wallow in self-pity than it is to see grown man choke down a handful of fried crickets.

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Ricky Gervais brings misery to Karl Pilkington in 'An Idiot Abroad'

Sure, Science and Ricky Gervais seem the unlikeliest of bedfellows, but the comedian is everywhere these days, it seems. In addition to his producing responsibilities on An Idiot Abroad, the comedian (and Pilkington) just finished a deal for a third season of the animated series The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO. Meanwhile, Gervais and Merchant are also prepping the sitcom Life’s Too Short, in which the comedic duo will serve as producers, writers and co-stars.

The second season of An Idiot Abroad will begin filming this summer and is scheduled to air on Science sometime in early 2012.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. I’m really glad the show is coming back. The first season was extremely entertaining, plus it was interesting to see those places in ways you normally don’t get to.

    However, I really don’t like the name change of The Science Channel (which tells you everything you need to know) to just Science (which sounds awkward by itself).

  2. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the first season, so I’m glad to see it will be coming back.

  3. I love the Ricky Gervais show and I was really looking forward to this series, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I was hoping. The complaining from Karl doesn’t seem organic like it does on the podcast, it seems forced.

  4. My rule is that if it involves Ricky, Steve, and Karl I am all in. The podcasts are hilarious and the HBO show is great. I sometimes think Karl is a genuis actually. Just take the quote above about swimming with dolphins. Hilarious…

  5. So glad there’ll be another season of An Idiot Abroad. I loved Karl showing us the awful toilet facilities in other countries, the incredibly crowded streets of India, and all the rest. A great show, as is HBO’s Ricky Gervais Show.
    Karl is my favorite philosopher. Love his comment about bucket lists!

  6. I absolutely love Karl Pilkington, I think he’s hilarious. I can’t wait for season 2 of an idiot abroad. If it’s anything like season 1, it’s gonna be fab. Hurry up and film it; I’m dying to watch it. :-)

  7. cant you nominate karl to go in the big brother house i think he will be absloutley excellent plzzzz what ya think??

    • Brilliant idea!!!

  8. Does anyone know when the new season starts. I can not find a date. I can not wait to see Karl and hear his views on the world!!!!

    • 23rd september sky 1

    • When will this start in America????

      • im sorry holly i dont no :(

      • I think the article said early 2012 and they started filming in August. I was hoping it would be sooner. That’s better than not making any new shows though.

        • Thanks Renee! I can’t wait!!

          • I wish you would have picked me to complete this bucket list.

  9. If Karl needs a Black gay travel companion call me .Id make him even more uncomfortable.I Think Karl is as funny as humans can be without trying.

  10. Did Karl ever get any Mexican Jumping Beans? I can’t wait for it to be ON again!

  11. The saying, “Travel broadens the mind” assumes that the mind in question isn’t too small to facilitate or allow growth. The show was amusing in parts but when Karl’s idiocy is compounded by physical cowardice (bungee jump; 1G in a centrifuge; zero G training) and insensitivity (the dwarf section), it’s too much. Season 2, episode 2 and I quit. It’s just become unbearably irritating. As great entertainers and shrewd businessmen, I’m sure that RG and SM know that the mass audience for this show is those whose intellect is only marginally greater than Karl’s. In him, they have someone to whom they can feel superior.

    • Hey Jonathan,

      You’re a tit! You’re whats irritating, talking about insensitivity?!?! Read the second half of your comment you muff! Get a life…

  12. This guy Kyle not only seems uneducated but a bit of a wimp! My husband ,who is a born and breed Texas man, sure could show him a few things. The sumo wrestling bit was soo awful. I really think Kyle is talented as a actor but this is not his forte.

  13. This guy Kyle not only seems uneducated but a bit of a wimp! My husband ,who is a born and breed Texas man, sure could show him a few things. That would b a better show!

  14. It’s comedy at its best!

  15. Dear rick and Steve, congratulations on your programme ! Is it meant as a travel programme or just to show a thick northern wimp !! I,m no hero but would have had a go just for the experience