The Internet streamer will bow the sophomore season of the half-hour dramedy in all territories where Netflix is available, except for the U.K., where the series will air on Channel 4, which originally ordered “Derek” and owns exclusive TV rights in the country.
Netflix, after initially focusing originals development on dramas like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” is adding more comedy into the mix. Last month ordered comedy “Grace and Frankie” starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, to be released in summer 2015.
Gervais’ titular “Derek” character is a mumble-mouthed naïf who works in an old folks’ home. In the second season, Derek forges new friendships, with his positive outlook and good-natured spirit helping residents get through difficult times.
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“Ricky is a terrific partner and he has created a heartfelt character, in Derek, that Netflix members have fallen in love with,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His attention to detail and relentless vision to change conventional storytelling on television is perfectly aligned with what we are trying to do with our original series.”
Said Ricky Gervais: “I was blown away by the affection from around the world for the first series, particularly the emotional connection it seemed to make with people. I hope they like the second offering as much.”
Gervais is best known in the U.S. as creator of the original British version of “The Office,” which NBC adapted into an Emmy-winning nine-season hit, and infamous host of the Golden Globes in 2010 and 2011.
“Derek” costars British thesps Karl Pilkington, David Earl and Kerry Godliman. Show is produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix.