HBO wants more 'Ricky Gervais,' Kevin Kline; Alan Cumming sticks by 'The Good Wife'

ricky-gervais-show-320.jpgHBO has picked up its animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show" for a second season.

The show, based on Gervais' podcasts with his creative partner Stephen Merchant and their mutal whipping boy, Karl Pilkington, will begin production on the new season later this year. The second season is set to debut in 2011.

"I am absolutely thrilled to get a second season and continue the partnership with the best channel in the world," Gervais says in a statement "I couldn't wait to tell Karl." To which Pilkington replies: "Makes no difference to me. I haven't seen any money from the first season yet."

- Also at HBO, Kevin Kline is set to star in a drama pilot in which he plays a surgeon who's just been released from prison.

The show would be the first prime-time series for Kline, who's also an executive producer of the untitled project, the showbiz trade papers report. David Auburn ("Proof," "The Lake House") is writing the pilot and will also exec produce with Gavin Polone and Judy Hofflund.

Kline earned an Emmy nomination last year for playing "Cyrano de Bergerac" as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series. He won an Oscar in 1989 for "A Fish Called Wanda"; his credits also include "In & Out," "As You Like It," "Dave" and "The Ice Storm."

- Alan Cumming has been upped to a series regular on CBS' freshman hit "The Good Wife."

Cumming joined the show earlier this month as Eli Gold, a member of Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) husband Peter's (Chris Noth) political team. He'll be a full-time member of the cast next season (CBS has already picked up the show for 2010-11), the network confirms, and will appear in four more episodes this spring.

His other TV credits include the Syfy miniseries "Tin Man," a recurring part on "The L Word" and Showtime's musical "Reefer Madness." He also voiced the devil in "God, the Devil and Bob."

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