By Tom Gliatto Lesley Messer
December 24, 2007 12:00 PM

HBO, Dec. 16, 9 p.m. ET


One of the best TV satires ever on the rich subject of show-business ego, Ricky Gervais’s series about the rise and stall of a British actor wraps with a 90-minute special. Disgusted with his success in a sitcom despised by critics and other actors—Kathy Griffin would feel like Angelina Jolie if she spent any time observing his life—Andy Millman hires a new agent to search out classy projects. When the agent recommends instead that he be seen out at clubs partying with eye candy, Andy balks. AGENT: “Do you want to be on the B-list or not?” ANDY: “Yes, but not the hepatitis B-list.” This bitter-funny finale boasts the usual cameos by stars having a ball behaving badly. But the whole thing wimps out with a moral uptick that feels smug. Self-loathing and self-love aren’t so far apart.