On the heels of the announced return of his classic "Office" character David Brent, it was announced today that Ricky Gervais' newest creation "Derek" will return for a second series.
Channel 4 has given the greenlight to Gervais to bring back the colorful community of Broad Hill Retirement Home, issuing an order for a six episode second season today. Channel 4's head of comedy Phil Clarke stated: "I am delighted that Derek is coming back for a second run on Channel 4. It's an original comic vision, brave, funny and touching, with a star performance at its heart. It has already garnered a loyal following."
The critical response to the series was something of a mixed bag, with some feeling that the character mocked mentally challenged and disabled people. The creator disputed this notion, stating "The real risk with [the series] is the people who don't watch it and make assumptions. The idea that [Derek] is cruel follows you around. But some people don't get it and some people don't like it. Hopefully, there will be enough people who find it." The critical backlash hasn't hurt the series' ratings -- the first season has so far drawn an average of 2.1 million viewers for a 9.9% share, with its finale airing Wednesday night.
Gervais said in response to news of the renewal, "Derek is probably my favourite thing of everything I've done, so I can't wait to start thinking up some new adventures for the gang."