If the enormous success of its guest star is anything to go by, then new Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant sitcom, Life’s Too Short, is going to be a big hit thanks to Johnny Depp.
Gervais recently confirmed the rumor that the Pirates of the Caribbean star would be clearing his schedule for a brief spot on the show, but was quick to squash the additional rumor that Jerry Seinfeld would also make an appearance. He stated: “The Depp bit is true. The Seinfeld isn’t.”
Given that the deal was just confirmed, further details surrounding Depp’s appearance are scarce. However, since the series focuses on a “twisted” version of Warwick Davis, who runs a talent agency for little people, it’s no stretch of the imagination to think there will be plenty of references to Depp’s role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that film’s Oompa Loompas.
As with the duo’s previous effort, Extras, Life’s Too Short is expected to fill its episodes with a long list of special guest stars lampooning themselves, others, and the entertainment industry as a whole.
Gervais describes the series as:
“[The] third in our trilogy of sitcoms. Life’s Too Short is another naturalist observational comedy, dealing with everyday problems, human foibles and social faux pas… but with a dwarf.”
It’s been a busy few months for Gervais who made headlines with his guest spots on NBC’s The Office, and, as many remember, for his caustic performance as host of the Golden Globes – where he made several not-so-flattering remarks about many of the stars in attendance. While the comedian briefly targeted Depp’s film, The Tourist, his acceptance of a guest spot suggests that the notoriously easygoing actor is not one to hold a grudge. Clearly this news sweeps away any notion that there would be some hostility toward Gervais in the Hollywood community.
So far, Gervais and Merchant have six scripts in the can and are working to finish casting before filming on Life’s Too Short gets underway in May. The BBC commissioned the series back in 2010 to air on BBC Two; however, HBO is working out a deal similar to the one it had with Extras, so fans will definitely get to see it stateside.
Merchant and Gervais are expected to share directing duties and complete filming on Life’s Too Short in its entirety, before it airs on television. No airdate has been announced, but expect the series to air on BBC Two in Fall 2011.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter