Extras, the Ricky Gervais hit Brit sitcom about a middle-aged D-list actor trying to survive in the business ends with a 2-hour season finale on The Comedy Network Saturday April 12th 2008 at 10:00 P.M. It is quite fun and has many great moments. 2 hours might be a bit long though
For those who have not kept up with the series, Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is enjoying some fame from being on a hit BBC situation comedy titled When The Whistle Blows.
He is still not quite satisfied though, perhaps because the doll based on his character is really not selling, perhaps because he is not getting the kind of attention and roles he feels his fame should be getting him.
It is a bit hard at the same time to sympathize after he and Maggie get a table sans reservations at a posh place while Hale and Pace cannot and Maggie is having a rough time herself.
At some point in time, Andy gets tired of his hit show and has aspirations of Hollywood fame. This has a few negative consequences on his career.
One of the great differences between early episodes of this British sitcom and the finale is how short scenes carry a lot more comedy than before.
The scene where Maggie hits the catering table is a great example of almost silent, well-timed and choreographed comedy. There is also the simple juxtaposition scene of Maggie's and Andy's apartments.
There are of course some moments that only a Brit audience will get but they are few.
A couple of scenes do not work because they run too long. One in particular is the interview Andy gives to the journalist though it does have its moments.
Cameo appearances on the series finale of Extras include George Michael in a bit involving goings on behind bushes, Clive Owen, and chef Gordon Ramsey (some famous guy in the U.K.) My favorite bit is the short scene where Andy gets a part on Doctor Who.
Extras The Series Finale has quite an ending though I would not want to spoil it. It certainly does respect its premise though.