One comedy is coming to an end as another is coming back. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‘s Life’s Too Short will formally wrap up its run on HBO with a special to air this summer. Following actor Warwick Davis’ attempts at fame, the mocumentary special will be broadcast on July 5, HBO announced today. The BBC/HBO comedy series starring Davis, Gervais and Merchant premiered Stateside on February 2012 and ran for seven episodes. The special was first announced in January of this year. The special was created by Gervais, Merchant & Davis with the first two as executive producers, along with Mark Freeland and Charlie Hanson as producer. The special was written and directed by Gervais & Merchant.
FX’s Wilfred is coming back for its third season in June, the cable network said today. With two back-to-back episodes the show will debut its third cycle on June 20 at 10 PM. Starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, Wilfred will also air two episodes on June 27 too. Starting on July 11, the show will return to weekly single episodes. Based on the Australian series of the same title about a man and his relationship with his neighbor’s walking talking dog (at least to him), Wilfred and was originally adapted for FX by David Zuckerman. Along with Reed Agnew, Eli Jorné, Jason Gann, Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park, Randall Einhorn, and Joe Connor and Ken Connor of Renegade, producers of the Australian version of the series, Zuxkerman serves as executive producer on Wilfred.
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 … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: HBO has given an eight-episode series order to Hello Ladies, its comedy pilot co-written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant. The project, which The Office co-creator co-wrote with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, stars the 6 foot-7 Merchant as a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles. Half as charming as he thinks he is — and twice as desperate — he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people. Unfortunately the beautiful people won’t let him in. Merchant, who also explored the theme in his Hello Ladies standup show last year, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky executive produce the series, which HBO is producing in association with ABC Studios. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are under an overall deal at ABC Studios, which blessed their involvement in the project, including its sale to HBO. The Hello Ladies pilot co-starred Christine Woods, Nate Torrence and Kevin Weisman. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: HBO has picked up to pilot Hello Ladies, a comedy co-written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant. The project, which The Office co-creator co-wrote with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, stars the 6ft … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
HBO has renewed the animated comedy series The Ricky Gervais Show for a third season. The voices on the show are recorded by Ricky Gervais; his longtime collaborator, Stephen Merchant; and Gervais’ colleague and friend, Karl Pilkington, whose offbeat musings … Read More »
From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA Coverage:
Ricky Gervais is Now a Man of Science
Nobody has more fun than Ricky Gervais, as he proved Thursday afternoon during a TCA panel that originated live via satellite from overseas. Gervais was joined by his writer-producer partner Stephen Merchant and … Read More »