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HBO has renewed The Ricky Gervais show for a second season, the cable channel announced Wednesday.

Ricky Gervais gets animated for new HBO series

The animated comedy series, voiced by Gervais and currently airing new episodes on Fridays at 9/8c, will begin production on the new season later this year. Season 2 is expected to air in 2011.

Gervais' longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant and colleague and friend Karl Pilkington are also featured in the series, which is based on a podcast. Topics discussed in Season 1 include everything from a Serbian man who invented a sex machine for women to a serum that ages dead people backwards.

The 13-episode first season concludes May 21.

Are you excited about the show getting another season?