HBO Rolls Out Plans for New Ricky Gervais Series — Johnny Depp Leads Impressive Guest List

Jan 9, 2012  •  Post A Comment

HBO has set a premiere date and unveiled details about the new Ricky Gervais series, which will premiere Sunday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 ET, The Huffington Post reports.

“Life’s Too Short” will star Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself — the head of a talent agency for little people and an actor struggling to keep his career alive. Gervais and Stephen Merchant will play themselves in supporting roles, the story notes.

Season one will consist of seven episodes, with a list of guest stars that includes Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell and Cat Deeley.

The story quotes HBO’s description of the first episode: “For more than two decades, Warwick Davis was Britain’s ‘go-to dwarf.’ Now, with his career on the slide, a massive tax bill caused by his useless accountant and a wife who’s divorcing him, he decides to open his doors to a reality TV film crew. After interviewing a new assistant, he drops by unannounced to see old pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, but Liam Neeson already has an appointment to pitch himself as a serious actor who is serious about breaking into comedy. Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.”

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