I'm afraid I've got to eat a little bit of crow here. When the first season of Extras
played on HBO, I carelessly threw around terms like "mediocre." I made this judgment after half-heartedly viewing about half the first episode before turning the TV off. Having now seen the whole season on DVD, I don't know what my problem was.* The show is actually hilarious.
The second season, built around Gervais's character's smash BBC sitcom When the Whistle Blows
, starts this Sunday. Oh yes.
--* I think I was hoping for it to be more like The Office than it could possibly have been. In particular, I had trouble accepting Gervais as the straight man rather than the stooge. I'm over it.