Anyone who watched the first season of Science’s (formerly the Science Channel) travel series An Idiot Abroad learned two things: Karl Pilkington hates just about everything, and he in no way wanted to do this again.
Thankfully, with his trusty pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant producing, there was no way that was even an option for him. The network confirms to EW that the show, which sends Pilkington — a man with very, er, unique musings on life — around the world, would be back for a second season.
During the first season of An Idiot Abroad, Pilkington didn’t quite marvel at the seven wonders of the world the way a regular television travel guide — or a regular person, for that matter — might. Though, to be fair, he wasn’t given any five-star accommodations, as per Gervais and Merchant’s evil/genius planning. Still, whether or not Pilkington liked it (he didn’t), the show went on to become the channel’s highest-rated series to date.
This time around Pilkington will be heading out to experience “bucket list” destinations. Of course, not his bucket list, as he doesn’t have one. As Pilkington put it in a way only he could, “I’ve never understood the ‘things to do before you die’ idea. If I was ill, I’d be in no mood to have a swim with a dolphin.”
I don’t know about you, PopWatchers, but I couldn’t be more excited about this news. I watched with equal parts amusement and frustration the first time around as Pilkington complained his way through dream destinations like the Pyramids and Machu Picchu. Even more surprising (or unnerving) was how much I found myself actually agreeing with him. While I definitely would have been in awe of things like Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, I absolutely would have despised sleeping on the ground in the Amazon and probably would have thought certain traditions he came across on his journeys were, as he so indelicately puts it, “mental.”
The only way I would be more excited were if Gervais and Merchant were to join him for one of the trips, if only to hear Gervais laugh some more. It’s always a highlight when they check in with him on the phone, but imagine their utter delight to watch him in misery, up close and personal.
The second season of An Idiot Abroad will begin filming this year and is set to air in early 2012. Luckily, in the meantime, there’s still the animated (in so many ways) The Ricky Gervais Show, which has just been picked up for a third season by HBO. I wait with baited breath to hear what new gems Pilkington will come up with next.
How about you, PopWatchers? Are you excited that An Idiot Abroad is returning, too? Where do you think they should — or will — send Karl Pilkington this time around?