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Gervais’ ‘Extras’ takes a big bow

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Ricky Gervais’ follow-up to “The Office” got off to a great start last week.

Around 4.6 million — approximately 25% of the available audience — watched “Extras,” a BBC-HBO co-production, when it bowed on BBC2 on Thursday.

Each week features a guest appearance from a high-profile actor alongside Gervais’ character of a struggling bit-part actor. Last week it was Ben Stiller. Series is co-written by “The Office” team of Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and a second season has already been greenlit.

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