New Comedy Series 'Life's Too Short,' from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, Debuts 2/19 on HBO

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He's a self-aggrandizing actor who's appeared in some of Hollywood's biggest hits. But now his career is on the wane, and he'll do anything to reverse his fortunes.

From Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, LIFE'S TOO SHORT is a faux documentary starring Warwick Davis ("Willow," the "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" films) as a fictionalized version of himself: a little person who's down on his luck, desperately trying to hustle and connive his way back into the spotlight. The comedy series kicks off its seven-episode season SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), following the third-season debut of the comedy series "Eastbound & Down," with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time, exclusively on HBO.

In LIFE'S TOO SHORT, actor Warwick Davis is struggling to jumpstart his fading career and maintain his status as Britain's "go-to" little person. He runs a talent agency for fellow showbiz little people called "Dwarves for Hire," though he often takes the best roles for himself, and serves as vice chairman of a society for small people, though he'd rather be chairman. Davis also seeks advice from his old pals Gervais and Merchant (playing versions of themselves) in hopes that their A-list celebrity connections will aid his career.

Each episode features cameos by top stars, including Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell and Kat Deeley. Other cast regulars include Jo Enright as Davis' soon to be ex-wife Sue, Rosamund Hanson as his dim-witted assistant Cheryl, Steve Brody as his incompetent accountant and "EastEnders" actor Shaun Williamson as himself.




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