Netflix Orders Ricky Gervais Sitcom ‘After Life’

British comedian plays a man who will say and do whatever he feels like

Ricky Gervais Humanity

Netflix has ordered a comedy from Ricky Gervais, “After Life” the streaming company said on Wednesday.

The scripted comedy stars Gervais as a guy who, after his wife suddenly dies and an attempt at suicide, decides to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. Netflix has ordered six episodes.

“After Life” is created, executive produced and directed by Gervais, with Charlie Hanson on board as an executive producer as well.

The series marks Gervais’ return to scripted television since the British comedy “Derek” and continues his relationship with Netflix. Along with “Derek,” which Netflix aired in the U.S., the streamer is the home to the comedian’s “Humanity,” his return to stand-up after seven years. Netflix also owns the U.S rights to “David Brent: Life on the Road,” a film spin-off of Gervais’ character he portrayed on the original, BBC version of “The Office.”