British comedian Ricky Gervais and his writing partner Stephen Merchant are launching a new TV series featuring the international travels of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
A Mittiot Abroad is a spinoff of the pair’s critically acclaimed show An Idiot Abroad, which documented the global adventures of their friend Karl Pilkington, whom Gervais often refers to as the “round-headed buffoon.”
The new series will follow the same format as the original, except instead of sending Pilkington to exotic locations, Gervais said, they’ll send Romney. Viewers will get to see the former Massachusetts governor’s quirky interactions and obtuse observations about the cultural differences and idiosyncrasies in the countries he visits, Gervais said.
Gervais said he and Merchant were inspired to produce the latest series after seeing Romney’s recent visits to England, Poland, and Israel.
“So here’s a bloke who wants to be the leader of the free world, right?” Gervais explained. “And he can’t even pay a visit to America’s greatest ally without pissing off the entire country? Even that dimwitted monkey Karl hasn’t managed to do that!”
Gervais describes the new show as a “one-percenter” version of the original series.
“Some people think I’m a big meanie for sending poor Karl on these trips and making him do all these crazy stunts, right?” Gervais said. “So I figured, why not send someone who’s almost as wealthy as me? You know, because I’m rich, yeah?”
The show is slated to start filming early next year.