Ricky Gervais' Derek Gets Its First U.S. Trailer For Upcoming Netflix Debut

By Nick Venable 2013-08-06 21:10:27 discussion comments
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Just in case the teaser trailer for Muppets Most Wanted didnít give you your daily Ricky Gervais requirement, fear not. Netflix just released the domestic trailer for Gervaisí latest series, the mockumentary Derek. Yes, itís pretty funny, and yes it looks like itíll be a great series, but letís get something out of the way right quick.

Somebody needs to explain to Netflix what the phrase ďoriginal seriesĒ means. While they wisely donít say this within the actual trailer itself, itís in the title of the YouTube video. As a series created for the British network Channel 4, Derek was picked up by Netflix months after the pilot aired in April 2012. While series like Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development were actually exclusive to the streaming service, you can find episodes of Derek on the Channel 4 website. So essentially, this is just like any other non-exclusive Netflix release. Okay, okay. Rant over.

In the series, Gervais stars as the titular Derek Noakes, a helper in an old folksí home full of residents and workers for whom the outside world seems to have stopped paying attention. Derek, which his thicker-than-bricks accent, is either annoyingly overzealous or heís extremely helpful to those around him. I canít quite tell. He loves the celebrity culture and is both childishly naÔve and socially awkward. Itís surprisingly they didnít make him an American.

Gervais looks to be in proper form, going just slightly below-the-top in terms of comedy, while somehow remaining sympathetic and charming. I think a lot of what makes this possible is the doc-style that Gervais perfected with The Office; in comparison, his Andy Millman character in HBOís Extraswas hilarious, but he never really drew sympathy. Itís a technique Iíve grown tired of, but at least the workplace in this comedy is exceedingly different from a paper company or Parks and Recís city government.

Perhaps the greatest achievement Derek has to offer is in getting a fictional performance out of Karl Pilkington and his orange-shaped head. Heíll be playing Dougie, who is both the homeís caretaker as well as Derekís landlord. Kerry Godliman plays Derekís smart, witty and loveless best friend Hannah, while David Earl (Cemetery Junction) plays Derekís aimless friend Kev.

All seven episodes of Derek are set to hit Netflix just after midnight on September 12. You can check out the series pilot below. Will you guys be watching next month?


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