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'An Idiot Abroad' to return next month

Ricky Gervais arrives for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's Benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on November 12, 2011. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh
Ricky Gervais arrives for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's" Benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on November 12, 2011. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh | License Photo

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A second season of the travel series "An Idiot Abroad" starring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington is to debut in the United States next month.

In the first season, self-professed homebody Pilkington toured the Seven Wonders of the World with Gervais and Merchant, creators of "The Office" and "Extras," making the travel plans and coaxing their longtime friend out of his comfort zone for their own amusement. This time around, Pilkington attempts to accomplish the definitive list of "things to do before you die," the show's producers said.

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"An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List" is to start airing on the Science channel Jan. 21.

"'An Idiot Abroad' changed the game for Science when it became our highest rated series ever," Debbie Adler Myers, the network's general manager and executive vice president, said in a statement Wednesday. "Viewers come to our network for thought-provoking content, so it's no surprise they became addicted to the brilliant, sharp humor made famous by Ricky Gervais and company. At Science we inherently question everything, and no one asks more questions than Karl Pilkington."

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