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Ricky Gervais sending audiences to the “Afterlife”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There’s no denying the fact that Ricky Gervais is hilarious. But his comedy doesn’t always translate to the screen. His original “Office” is widely considered the funniest sitcom every produced. Yet his feature film “The Invention of Lying” – even with some very funny people contributing – couldn’t buy a laugh.

Gervais is going to get another stab at the sitcom format, though. He’ll develop the show “Afterlife” with “Dexter” producer Clyde Phillips, a sitcom about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.

“Dexter has consistently been my favorite show of the last five years. When I first saw Clyde’s name all over it I knew I had to work with him one day,” Gervais wrote on his blog.

“I found out he was also a fan of my work and we then became friends on email and through short conversations on various red carpets. We finally started working on an idea this year and really hit it off. I am so excited about this project.”

It’s unclear at this moment if Gervais will star in the show. At the very least, we can guess that it only will last a full season or two, as Gervais rarely likes to keep a project going longer than that.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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