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Here's the Trailer for Ricky Gervais's Controversial New Show 'Derek'

Ricky Gervais recently tweeted out this trailer for his new show Derek, a comedy-drama that's set to premiere later this year on Channel 4 in the UK and exclusively on Netflix in the US (the pilot aired last April). Gervais plays the title character, Derek, a care worker at an old folks home and stars alongside Kerry Godliman, David Earl, and his frequent collaborator Karl Pilkington. It's Gervais's first-ever show without Stephen Merchant, who's off making his own (uncontroversial) show Hello Ladies for HBODerek has been the source of some controversy for mocking mentally disabled people, but Gervais insists that his character isn't disabled, so expect that to probably come [...]

Ricky Gervais Has Entered the "Fuck U H8ers" Portion of his Career

Gervais is kind of becoming the Kanye West of comedy, as both are prolific, incredibly successful, continuously lauded geniuses with heavy crown issues. So when a few people pointed out that his new character, Derek, might be offensive to the mentally disabled, he puffed out his chest and started railing against his detractors. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live he said, “Every single week has been the end of my career if you believe six or seven journalists. It makes no difference to me or my work. I don't care if people like it or not. I'm happy with it.” Listen to the audio [...]

Ricky Gervais Is Bringing America 'Derek' and an App

Remember when people with accents were all up in arms about Derek? Well, now Americans can be the ones with upped arms. Next year, Derek will be available on Netflix.

Fear not, you will not be without the Gervs until then. He has helped launch an app called Just Sayin'. It is like Twitter but audio. As Gervais explained it: “Just Sayin’ is to radio what Twitter is to newsprint." It is essentially the same as Eardrop, the app Earwolf created awhile back. The difference is the access to Gervais, so… that's something. If Gervais isn't your cup of tea, there are supes cool celebs, like: [...]

Ricky Gervais Claims to Not Be Mocking the Disabled with His Obviously Disabled New Character

Ricky Gervais has a new show premiering on Channel 4 in the UK on Thursday entitled Derek. In it, he plays the titular character, a nursing home employee who sure appears to have some mental disabilities of one kind or another. He's coming under some fire for making fun of the disabled, but he defended himself by saying that “Derek is a fictional character and is defined by his creator. Me. If I say I don’t mean him to be disabled then that’s it. A fictional doctor can’t come along and prove me wrong.” Which is a fair point! But it's also fair for people to assume the [...]

Many Ricky Gervais Projects Are Ending So He Can Focus on 'Derek'

Ricky Gervais took to the Huffington Post to do a FAQ of sorts. Apparently, the most frequent of his frequently asked questions is "Ricky, what's happening with your TV projects?" Here are his answers one show at a time:

The Ricky Gervais Show: Done for good. Probably.

An Idiot Abroad: They're filming two specials and then it's done.

Life Too Short: Finale special is written and will film after Christmas. Afterward, it's done.

Derek: Shooting another six episodes this fall because he's "never been so in love with a project or character."

Other: He is filming audiobooks, which I guess makes them videobooks (which I guess makes them [...]

Beware, Senior Citizens and Caregivers, of Ricky Gervais' Biting Wit

Ricky Gervais' latest project is Derek, a comedy pilot set in a nursing home in which he plays a care worker. The show also features An Idiot Abroad's Karl Pilkington in his first acting role. I guess we can expect a lot of jokes about hard candy and soiled linens and …games of canasta? What else happens in nursing homes?