Life’s Too Short — “Life’s Too Short” comes from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the guys behind “The Office” and “Extras.” It’s a faux-documentary that follows Warwick Davis — a dwarf — who is a minor celebrity thanks to roles as an Ewok, as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies and, of course, as the lead in Willow. The thing about “Life’s Too Short” is, if I’d never seen Gervais’ “The Office” or “Extras,” I’d probably like it more. As it is, Warwick Davis is just another Ricky Gervais character, only he’s in the body of a midget. The comedy is uncomfortable and obnoxious, and there’s only so many times I can watch Warwick Davis humiliate himself. However, I’ve watched the entire series (the penultimate episode aired on HBO this week) because of Davis’ brilliant physical comedy, and because the celebrities who have appeared on the show — Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Steve Carell, Helena Bonham Carter, and Cat Deeley — have been outstanding. The previews suggest they are a much bigger part of the show, but they typically only fill four or five minutes in each episode, However, they definitely make checking in worthwhile.
Will It Be Renewed — “Life’s Too Short” airs first in the UK, where it has already been picked up for a second season. I suspect HBO will also continue airing it.