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Old 05-21-13, 11:58 AM
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Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Ricky Gervais writes, directs, exec produces, and stars in the original series about a naive man who works in a nursing home, which Netflix will debut at 12:01 AM PT on September 12. Derek already premiered in the UK via Channel 4. The show will launch stateside and in international Netflix territories including Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics in seven 30-minute episodes launching simultaneously. A second season has already been renewed. David Earl, Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman star in the comedy-drama series as fellow care workers. Derek is produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Love Gervais, hated this show.
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Haven't seen it, but it looks emotionally manipulative to me.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Definitely a bit heavy-handed but it still has its moments.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Episodes of this series can also be easily found on Youtube.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

I have a feeling HBO passed on this after the flop that "Life's Too Short" ended up being.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Life's Too Short was frequently great, and Derek definitely has some great moments.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

To me it helps if you know that Ricky is an aetheist. Also try to found out what he said about his late mother. When you have read that watch the show.

I did and its the reason why the show works for me so much. I didn't like the second season so much as they felt the need to add a character who just keeps going on about sex. It felt out of place.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

^ ??? There has only been one season, so far. Well, a pilot and one season.

I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

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^ ??? There has only been one season, so far. Well, a pilot and one season.

I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Sorry, my bad. The new guy is called Kev.
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I don't know what you're talking about. Kev was in the pilot and the regular six episodes. He was not added. He was always there.

This show is brilliant. Wonderful performances from Ricky and Karl. Love Kerry as Hannah as well. David Earl as Kev is genius in its depravity. If HBO passed on this then they are fools.
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Mixed feelings on this. I enjoyed the show, but it took me the first couple episodes to get over Ricky Gervais's performace as "Derek". He never sold him as an actual character. I always knew I was watching Ricky Gervais performing carefully planned tics and mannerism. It was like he was an actor in a Saturday Night Live sketch, while everyone around him (like the fantastic nurse and the residents) were real people.

Not sure why knowing Ricky is an atheist is supposed to make me appreciate the show more.

So sad there won't be another season of Life's Too Short, which was really getting great by the last couple of episodes.

Although I think Derek is the lesser of all of Gervais's shows, I am very happy he has left behind the whole tired routine of movie stars appearing as asshole versions of themselves. That's what sunk Life Is Too Short, which was as its best when it focused on Warwick and his dating life, instead of embarrassing, overlong cameos by Johnny Depp.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Wonder why it got pushed back so far. I think it was originally supposed to hit Netflix this month.

I loved it. I thought Ricky was brilliant as Derek and the show is both hilarious and emotional. I shed quite a few tears during the last episode.

Looking forward to season 2!
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

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Life's Too Short was frequently great, and Derek definitely has some great moments.
Agree about Life's Too Short. If this show has at least some moments that are on par with that, I'll definitely tune in.
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I loved "Derek". As someone said, it's both hilarious and touching. Kind of like an evil clown.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

I would say it is more touching than hilarious...like an evil clown that only wears the costume and makeup out of habit any more.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

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Not sure why knowing Ricky is an atheist is supposed to make me appreciate the show more.

He became an athiest at the age of 8. He loved his mum quite alot and made a lovely and emotional speech about her a few years ago.
This what he said (quote from the WSJ):

"[I'll be] eating and drinking too much with friends and family," he wrote. "Celebrating life and remembering those that did, but can no longer.

"They are not looking down on me but they live in my mind and heart more than they ever did probably. Some, I was lucky enough to bump into on this planet of six billion people. Others shared much of my genetic material. One selflessly did her best for me all my life."

He admitted that he shed some tears while speaking about his mother, and what she meant to him during the festive season.

"That's what mums do though," he said. "They do it for no other reason than love. Not for reward. Not for recognition. They create you. From nothing. Miracle? They do those every day. No big deal.

"They are not worshipped. They would give their life without the promise of heaven. They teach you everything they know yet they are not declared prophets. And you only have one.

"I am crying as I write this. It usually gets me this time of year. That's what's special about Christmas. It's when you visit or reminisce about the ones you love. And reflect on how lucky you are. How they helped shape you."

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I think this show is for her. Especially in the pilot I (personnaly) felt he was saying alot of things to her.

In a later episode a daughter comes to speak to her mother and just cannot wait to leave so "she can get petrol on the way home". There are scenes in the show where I think they asked the eldery actors to bring in pictures of themselves when they were younger and incorperated them into the story.

I don't know wether his mum done that sort of job but I feel he is saying that people do that job out of love or/and a sense of duty to old people. Not because they cannot find any other work.

Just my thoughts. I was moved by a lot of moments in the shows.
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I just watched all these again. One of the best things Ricky has done. My mom is in an assisted living facility so this really hits home and is very emotional as well as being very funny.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Count me among those who loved this. Way better than Life's Too Short and Extras.
Yeah it was heavy-handed but obviously sincere.

And Karl Pilkington was hilarious as Dougie.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Bumping this up to remind that Derek S2 is coming back to Netflix on Friday, May 30, 2014 with six ALL NEW episodes.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

Been enjoying S2 so far. S2E4 airs tomorrow.
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Re: Ricky Gervais Series ‘Derek’ premiering Sept. 12 on Netflix

The amazing Season 2 returns on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:01 AM PT.

That's either last night or tonight. Incredible 6 shows.

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