Written By Sam McPherson
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's new comedy series Life's Too Short has finally set a U.S. premiere date. The Warwick Davis-starring comedy series will air on HBO in February 2012, Davis tells Twitch.
"[The show premieres] February on HBO," Davis shared. "It's a little while to wait, but it's worth it."
Life's Too Short has already kicked off in the U.K., where it's airing on BBC Two. Three episodes of the series have aired thus far, with a fourth on the way December 1. Guest stars so far have included Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter. Steve Carrell and Les Dennis will cameo during episode 4.
Life's Too Short follows a fictionalized version of Davis. "The personal life I have in the series is very different; Warwick is going through a messy divorce," Davis tells Twitch. He had a great career, but now it's on the slide. He's not getting any work. He's got a huge tax bill. Yeah, it's not going great."
And that is when Life's Too Short employs a story technique that previous Gervais/Merchant project The Office used. "He invites a documentary crew to follow his life and that's the catalyst for some embarrassing moments. We just watch this poor man's life falling apart. He's his own worst enemy 'cos he's got a huge ego; much bigger than I have, if that was at all possible," Davis shares. "He craves fame and attention and gets annoyed when someone doesn't recognise him from a film he's been in. It's what you expect from Ricky and Stephen."
Sounds a lot like David Brent/Andy Millman doesn't it? Life's Too Short seems to be the conclusion of the thematic trilogy begun by The Office and continued on through Extras. One thing can be learned from those two shows, though. Somehow, things will turn out all right for Warwick Davis. We'll just have to wait until February 2012 to find out how.
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