Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Netflix will air new Ricky Gervais series in September

By Lucas Shaw

NEW YORK ( - Ricky Gervais' "Derek," a new Netflix series from the creator and star of "The Office" and 'Extras," will premiere on Netflix September 12. Netflix will release all seven episodes at once, the same approach it has taken with its latest original series "House of Cards" and "Hemlock Grove."

Gervais wrote and directed the show, which he also stars in as the title character. Derek is a sweet, selfless but meek man who works in a retirement home alongside Dougie (Karl Pilkington) and Hannah (Kerry Godliman). The show will be available in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics.

It will not be available in the U.K., where the show already premiered on Channel 4 and will return for a second season.

"Ricky Gervais is one of the most distinctive comedy voices of his generation," Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix, said in a statement. "With ?Derek,' Ricky takes on new territory and mixes comedy with drama that is sometimes touching and sometimes heartbreaking."

Neflix's next splashy original title is its reboot of "Arrested Development," which debuts May 26.


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