Ricky Gervais: Out With the Old, In With the New

June 28th, 2012 by Graham McMorrow

The Ricky Gervais Show

Ricky Gervais was kind enough to update us on the current state of his ongoing and future projects on his blog.  Here is a breakdown and some other additions that we have picked up on over the past few months, so it’s all here!

The Ricky Gervais Show, a delightful bonus for those who listened to the podcasts is an animated program on HBO.  Well sad news now, Ricky says there won’t be a fourth series of the show saying “39 episodes is more than I’ve ever done for any other project (Yes. I know that’s pathetic but trust me.) and I don’t want to push my luck.”

I couldn’t agree more really, it had a great run and should stop now before they start reaching for material.  It’s great for anyone by the way, not just podcast listeners.  You will enjoy the animation and Ricky’s laugh I’m telling you.

Read much more below!

 

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An Idiot Abroad is a travel show featuring Karl Pilkington  of XFM, Podcast and Ricky Gervais Show fame.  It had two great seasons and will have two specials that will feature actor Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short) joining Karl on a trip around the world.

“Karl and I have also decided to end An Idiot Abroad after the two specials we’re recording at the moment. Again, I think these could be the funniest adventures yet and I’d hate to outstay our welcome.”

Life’s Too Short, Ricky’s latest TV project wrapped up for the series but he will be having a finale special.  “We’ve just finished writing the finale special of Life’s Too Short. We’ll film it after Xmas, ready for broadcast around Easter. It’s got lots and lots of Les, Shaun and Cheggars!”  The show wasn’t received as well as The Office or Extras but found a following anyways.

Life’s Too Short stars Warwick Davis, it was written and directed by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant.  Warwick plays himself in the observational comedy based on his real life trials and tribulations being an actor with dwarfism. The show is similar in style to that of Larry David’s HBO show Curb your Enthusiasm as it has a very similar concept and will be shot in a single-camera style.

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Did you want more podcasts?  Well Ricky has some good news for you: We’re doing a new set of audiobooks which are filmed — not just audio. Not sure if it will be for TV or internet yet but we’ve recored one and I’m fucking buzzing about it. It’s a bit different and I can’t tell you too much about it as it’s so easy to rip off the idea. So beautifully simple. (I don’t mean Karl).  I can’t wait for it.  I’ve been listening to all their audio for years, it’s a kind of addiction really.

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It’s evolution Ricky!

So now in with the new.  Ricky will be shooting six episodes of Derek this fall for a premier early next year.  In November 2011 Ricky Gervais filmed a 35-minute pilot episode called Derek that aired on Channel 4 on April 12th 2012.  The pilot was written and directed by Gervais and features him in the title role of Derek Noakes, a 49-year-old retirement home worker, who “loves animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain’s Got Talent – but his main hobby is autograph hunting”.

The pilot was great I thought, one of Ricky’s best projects to date.  As he puts it: This is my new baby, I must admit. I’ve never been so in love with a project or character. It will be on Channel 4 in the UK and I’ll be announcing other channels in each territory as they are finalised.

And finally, Afterlife. Gervais is teaming up with former Dexter producer, Clyde Phillips, for a new show called Afterlife, “about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven”, last we heard they were writing the pilot and had plans to film in 2012.

Ricky talked about it on his blog saying: Dexter has consistently been my favourite show of the last 5 years. When I first saw Clyde’s name all over it I knew I had to work with him one day. I found out he was also a fan of my work and we became friends on email and through short conversations on various red carpets. We finally started working on an idea this year and we really hit it off. I am so exited about this project.

So there you have it, the man isn’t lazy is he?  What project are you excited about the most?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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