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Friday, July 5, 2013: Life’s Too Short

Ricky Gervais's third mockumentary series didn't hit the two-season mark that The Office and Extras reached, but it still scores an hour-long standalone finale to wrap up the story of diminutive actor Warwick Davis and his misadventures in the screen trade.

The show's first and only season (which premiered in early 2012) found the Willow star -- playing a more caustic version of himself -- trying and mostly failing to score legitimate acting gigs. In between failed auditions and humiliating appearances at sci-fi conventions, Davis sought career advice from "buddies" (in his mind, anyway) Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who also entertained such visiting celebrities as Liam Neeson (who tries his hand at improv comedy to hilarious effect) and Johnny Depp. The finale finds the actor learning about a possible Willow sequel straight from the mouth of Val "Madmartigan" Kilmer and plotting his comeback accordingly. If you think that'll go smoothly though, you've clearly never seen a Gervais series. Dude loves to torture his characters by forcing them into one socially awkward situation after another.

The hour-long Life's Too Short series finale airs on HBO tonight at 10 PM, opposite new episodes of Continuum on Syfy and Randy to the Rescue on TLC.

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