Ricky Gervais to play God in new TV series

Updated: Jul 22, 2011, 12:12 PM IST

New York: 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 bitch, 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."

Bureau Report