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‘Life’s Too Short’ To End HBO Run With Special

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:55pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‘s latest series, HBO/BBC comedy Life’s Too Short, will come back to HBO for a special, which will wrap the story. Gervais had been talking about doing a Life Is Too Short special since the summer when it became clear that there will be no second season of the mocumentary created by and starring Warwick Davis, Gervais and Merchant, which premiered on HBO last February and ran for seven episodes. Now HBO has committed to the special, which will air later this year. Merchant is already working on a new comedy series for HBO, Hello Ladies.

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Ricky Gervais On Golden Globes: “I Don’t Care If You’re Offended”

By | Friday January 13, 2012 @ 10:22am PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Ricky Gervais met the press this morning at TCA a mere two days before his third hosting gig at Sunday’s Golden Globes. And while he assured that even he has standards (“I won’t do real personal tragedy,” he said), the suspense and fear around town over which Hollywood stars he might target this time grows by the hour. As a panel session for his new HBO mock documentary Life’s Too Short, the upcoming Globes gig took center stage. “I did it the first time to have a show in front of a global audience, which is a lot of fun for a comedian.” Gervais said. “I did it the second time because I thought I’d improve on the first, and I think I did that. And I wasn’t going to do it a third time, but then I kept hearing the press saying I wouldn’t be invited back, so I did it to annoy them.”

Gervais was asked if he was nervous this time given the attention over his bad-boy ways. “Nervous? No. What’s the worst that can happen? I end my career once a week if you read the press. I do things that could end my career now. That’s my extreme sport. If you get fun with it, which I do and I demand, and you get your own way and are happy with what you’ve done, then nothing can happen to you. You’re bulletproof. Everything I say, I can justify it, I can stand by it, as I do every joke I did last year, then I don’t care. I don’t care if you’re offended.” Read More »

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USA, HBO & Lifetime Set Premiere Dates

Nellie Andreeva

FX Announces Midseason Schedule

USA Network has firmed up its midseason schedule, which will feature the return of White Collar on January 17 and Royal Pains on January 18 and the premiere of new drama Common Law on January 26. White Collar and Royal Pains will air on the same nights they did in the summer — Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively — but will slide from 9 PM to 10 PM. Common Law, which stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as a pair of detectives forced to attend couples counseling, will air Thursdays at 10 PM. For the first time in awhile for a rookie USA series, Common Law will launch with no original lead-in from an established show. This past midseason, Fairly Legal launched on Thursdays 10 PM behind Royal Pains.

HBO’s off-beat comedy series Eastbound & Down will return for a third season on February 19, followed by the debut of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s latest series Life’s Too Short. The comedies will air in the 10 PM hour, following new drama Luck, which launches January 29 following a preview after the season finale of Boardwalk Empire on December 11. Life’s Too Short is a faux documentary starring actor Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself: a down-and-out little person desperately trying to hustle and connive his way back into the spotlight. Gervais will be able to promote Life’s Too Short with his stint as host of the Golden Globes in January. Read More »

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VIDEO: Johnny Depp Gets His Revenge On Ricky Gervais

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 9:45am PDT

Johnny Depp Lining Up For Guest Spot In ‘Life’s Too Short’

Johnny Depp has struck back against Ricky Gervais for the host’s digs at The Tourist made during last year’s Golden Globes broadcast. And he’s gotten help from Ricky Gervais to do it. Depp found time to guest on an episode of Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s new BBC series Life’s Too Short, where he gets a chance to confront Gervais when they sit down for a face-to-face. And he lets him have it in his Depp-ian way: It starts with Depp’s choice of ashtray and gets better from there. The series, which stars Warwick Davis as a conceited and egomaniac agent who runs a talent shop for fellow showbiz dwarfs, airs on HBO next year. Here’s the clip:

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Ricky Gervais’ New BBC Series ‘Life’s Too Short’ To Air On HBO In 2012, See Teaser

By | Wednesday June 22, 2011 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After months of speculation, HBO today officially confirmed that it will carry Life’s Too Short, the new comedy series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, creators of The Office, Extras and The Ricky Gervais Show. The seven-episode series, which will debut on BBC Two later this year, will air on HBO in 2012. Like The Office and Extras, Life’s Too Short is a faux documentary. It stars 3 ft. 6 in. actor Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself: a down-and-out little person desperately trying to hustle and connive his way back into the spotlight. Each episode will feature cameos by stars, including Johnny Depp, Sting and Steve Carell, along with Gervais and Merchant playing themselves in minor roles. Other cast regulars include Jo Enright as Davis’ wife Sue and Rosamund Hanson as his assistant Cheryl. Here is the first teaser released by BBC Two:

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Johnny Depp Lining Up For Guest Spot In Ricky Gervais’ Series ‘Life’s Too Short’

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 9:48am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Obviously Johnny Depp didn’t take Ricky Gervais ribbing him at the Golden Globes about his one-note performance in The Tourist to heart. He is trying to work out his schedule so he can guest star in an episode of Gervais’ new BBC comedy series Life’s Too Short, which, like Gervais’ most recent BBC show, Extras, is also expected to air on HBO. Filming starts in England in May. Life’s Too Short follows a conceited and egomaniac dwarf who runs a talent agency for fellow showbiz dwarves. Warwick Davis stars as the monstrous talent agent. Gervais and Stephen Merchant have written this 6-episode half-hour series for BBC2. The British comedian has described it as a cross between Extras – his show about the travails of an unsuccessful actor – and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Beeb commissioned a non-broadcast pilot of Life’s Too Short last April that filmed in the summer. The pilot featured various Brit celebs such as art critic Brian Sewell. Gervais has also approached Jerry Seinfeld to appear in his new show, playing “quite a whiny Upper East Side Jewish guy”.

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