Ricky Gervais playing God in upcoming series

Ricky Gervais may not believe in God, but he’s about to play Him.

The non-believing Office mastermind took to his blog Thursday to share some details about Afterlife, the new show he’s planning with Dexter producer Clyde Phillips. The comedy is about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.

“Anyway,” Gervais writes, “I play God…”

Not the typical, wise, benevolent God – that’s Morgan Freeman’s thing, Gervais notes. His own version will be "an arrogant, wisecracking son of a *****, who thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. … Actually he thinks he’s the best thing ever because… well, he is. (He invented sliced bread by the way.)

“He also loves welcoming atheists to heaven with a smug grin on his face.”

Gervais adds that his God likes atheists, and “admires the fact that they were moral people even though they didn’t believe they would ever be rewarded with everlasting life.”

A couple of other things Gervais would like to clear up: the show isn’t an “atheist comedy,” as some news outlets have described it, because an “atheist comedy” wouldn’t include a heaven or God.

Also, don’t expect a “twisted bloodlusty anti-religious fest” just because of Phillips’ grisly history with Dexter.

“We’ve come up with this show because we think it will be fun, different and entertaining,” Gervais says. “Not to undermine the moral fabric of America.”


I guess he’s trying to do that whole “Bruce/Evan Almighty” style comedy… But not sure it’s going to work through.


From the premise, I could see it being either humorous and clever or grossly offensive.

If I had to guess, I would be more willing to bet on the latter as the eventual outcome. But who knows.

I won’t watch it. I find Ricky Gervais both unseemly and unsightly.

Sounds like obvious blasphemy to me

Sounds like it could be funny.

If it shows up on a channel I receive, I’ll give it a chance. If I find it offensive, it’s not difficult to change to something else.

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