3rd Season of Gervais' Audio Show Ready

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By JEFFREY GOLD
The Associated Press
Tuesday, August 22, 2006; 4:51 PM

NEWARK, New Jersey -- Ricky Gervais wants your ears. Again. The entertainer and author who created and starred in the original British version of the sitcom "The Office" on Tuesday launched the third season of his audio comedy program, "The Ricky Gervais Show."

Once again, the half-hour show can be obtained from the Web site of a New Jersey company, Audible.com, which specializes in downloadable books on tape and radio programs, as well as from Apple iTunes Music Store.

The initial episodes were free and entered the Guinness Book of Records for the most-downloaded podcasts of all time. The third season, like the second, has a fee: $6.95 for all six episodes, or $1.95 for one episode.

The Gervais show continues to be a hit, said Brian Fielding, Audible.com executive vice president of content and business affairs.

"We're just thrilled that we have the opportunity to come back with another season," Fielding said. "We wouldn't do it if it wasn't performing really well for us."

The company declined to release subscriber figures for the last season. The 12 episodes in the first season each averaged about 240,000 downloads, said Jonathan Korzen, spokesman for Wayne-based Audible.com.

Fans who missed those free podcasts, recorded for The Guardian newspaper of London, have to pay now.

The second season was listed this week as the top-selling audiobook on the United Kingdom site of iTunes, and the first season was No. 4.

In addition to his comedy show, Gervais co-directs and co-writes the HBO series "Extras" and has written two children's books, "Flanimals" and "More Flanimals."

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Audible: http://www.audible.com/ricky and http://www.audible.co.uk/ricky

Apple: http://www.apple.com/itunes/ and http://www.apple.com/uk/itunes/

Ricky Gervais: http://www.rickygervais.com


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