Comedian Ricky Gervais, who struck gold with The Office, is hoping for another hit with Afterlife, a sitcom that he’s developing with Dexter producer Clyde Phillips about an atheist in Heaven.
Steve Carell’s going to leaving The Office for good in a couple of episodes, which leaves quite a big hole in the show’s cast. Some people seem to think that the show should end when Carell leaves, but NBC has no plans of doing that, so speculation is rampant on who will replace the character of Michael Scott. As the creator of The Office, Ricky Gervais has quite a bit of say, and his opinion is that he’d love to see Will Arnett take over.
It seems like all anyone could talk about today in the entertainment world was Ricky Gervais’ epic second turn as host of the Golden Globes last night. Real people loved it, most of the thin-skinned pussies in Hollywood hated it. And now a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is responsible for the Globes has said that there’s no way in hell Gervais is ever going to be invited back.
"Why don’t you believe in God? I get that question all the time. I always try to give a sensitive, reasoned answer. This is usually awkward, time consuming and pointless. People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary. They are happy with their belief. They even say things like “it’s true to me” and “it’s faith.” I still give my logical answer because I feel that not being honest would be patronizing and impolite. It is ironic therefore that “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,” comes across as both patronizing and impolite."
Ricky Gervais’ original “Office” was a huge hit in Britain and has been reworked already a number of times: there’s an American version, a French, German, Quebecois, Chilean and an Israeli version and now Gervais has been asked to redo the show again, this time for Chinese television.