British funnyman Ricky Gervais is desperate to sign up Desperate Housewives beauty Teri Hatcher for the second series of his new TV show.

Although the first series of EXTRAS is only just hitting British screens, Gervais already has his eyes set on the follow-up, and is confident Hatcher will agree to star in it.

He has recently recruited Hollywood A-listers Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson, but The Office innovator admits he would do anything to add the sexy actress to that list.

Gervais' publicist says, "Teri is certainly on the radar for the next series. Ricky thinks she'd be great."

A close friend adds, 'He has been obsessed with her since her days as LOIS LANE in Superman.

"He wanted her for the first series but she was tied up with filming for Desperate Housewives. He's really hoping he can get her for the next series. When Teri was in the UK recently he left messages on her phone asking her to meet him."

17/07/2005 09:09