Ricky Gervais Will Be Ascending To Heaven For His Next TV Show

Monday, July 18 by

Ricky Gervais will be teaming with former Dexter mastermind Clyde Phillips to introduce the world to Afterlife, a TV series that focuses on an atheist who finds his way to heaven. Gervais will serve the show in a creator/producer capacity, but his time spent in front of the camera will be limited to cameos, which have become a hallmark of Gervais in recent series.

This project follows The Invention of Lying, a film in which Gervais introduces God to a naive population. Sounds like the tables will be turned this go-round. As Gervais will be the one in need of a little religious education.

The pilot will film in early 2012, so expect some word on it during the upfronts next May, though it’s not certain whether this will be a cable or network show. Gervais will finally answer the age-old question “Is there ‘awkward‘ in heaven?” (EW)

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