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TCA Winter 2010 Press Tour: Gervais on Golden Globes

Posted by Sarah Rodman  January 17, 2010 01:12 PM

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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant appeared on a panel to promote their upcoming HBO series. The pay-cable net is doing an animated version of their popular podcasts with Karl Pilkington, "The Ricky Gervais Show." But with just a few days to go before tonight's big show, the critics couldn't help but ask a few questions about the Golden Globes, which Gervais is hosting.

On his apparently calm demeanor given the upcoming event: "I’m pretty calm because I’ve got very low standards. I don’t really care what happens. They are not really going to invite me back. So I might as well."

On which celebrities he plans to roast: "Anyone who isn’t concentrating will get it, so they’d better listen. They’d better not talk when I’m on. They can talk when everyone else is on, but they’d better not talk when I’m on. Then they will get my attention, and then they are in trouble."

On who he might actually be looking forward to meeting:  "I’m in awe of all of them, joking aside. I think that it’s a room of really talented people we both admire. You’ve got creators of our favorite shows. Myself and Stephen, America is our mecca for TV, comedy and drama. Our favorite comedy things, everything from Laurel and Hardy, Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, through to things like 'Arrested Development' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' In terms of drama, 'The Sopranos,' 'The Wire,' 'Dexter,' 'Damages.' They’re all in that room. So it doesn’t mean they’re not going to get a roasting, but it means that I admire them secretly.

We'll have more from this amusing panel when "The Ricky Gervais Show" debuts Feb. 19.

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