Internet streaming service to bow Brit comic’s seven-episode dramedy about a retirement home
Netflix is keeping up the steady stream of original series, announcing that Ricky Gervais’ “Derek” dramedy will be available worldwide on Sept. 12 — except in the U.K., where the skein will be returning to TV for a second season.
All seven 30-minute episodes of “Derek,” starring, written, directed and exec-produced by Gervais, will become available at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Sept. 12. Skein is billed as a “bittersweet comedy-drama” about a guy (Gervais) who works at a retirement home.
This year, Netflix kicked off its original programming strategy in earnest. The company generated widespread buzz for “House of Cards,” a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey, and has earned perhaps just as much fan anticipation ahead of the May 26 debut of season four of “Arrested Development.”
“Ricky Gervais is one of the most distinctive comedy voices of his generation,” Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “With ‘Derek,’ Ricky takes on new territory and mixes comedy with drama that is sometimes touching and sometimes heartbreaking.”
Gervais is best known to U.S. auds as creator of the original British version of “The Office” and obnoxious erstwhile host of the Golden Globes. “Derek” costars David Earl, Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman. The show is produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix.
When it launches, the show will be available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics. But it won’t be streaming in the U.K., where the series premiered on Channel 4 in January 2013 and was recently renewed for a soph season.
Other upcoming Netflix series include “Orange Is the New Black,” which stars Taylor Schilling , Laura Prepon and Jason Biggs; second season of “Lilyhammer” with Steven Van Zandt; and sci-fi skein “Sense8” from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski.