“Life’s Too Short,” the showbiz cringe comedy created by Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, will top off the seven-episode run it had on BBC in the UK and HBO here in the US last year with an hour-long finale special. Starring Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself, “Life’s Too Short” is, in the words of Gervais, about “the life of a showbiz dwarf,” with Davis portrayed as egotistical, arrogant, desperate for work and subject to frequent humiliations.
The special will find things looking up for Davis, as, alongside Val Kilmer, he tries to raise money for a comeback via “Willow 2.” The special airs on HBO on Friday, July 5th at 10pm. Merchant has a cringe comedy offering of his own coming up on HBO — “Hello Ladies,” premiering September 9th. Gervais, meanwhile, has attempted something more sincere and heartfelt with his new series “Derek,” which will debut on Netflix September 12th (having already aired in the UK).