Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)

Though his Golden Globes hosting gig rankled some in Hollywood, Ricky Gervais is back doing what he does best: playing power-forward for the Life’s Too Short lunchtime basketball team.

Kidding. The faux-documentary mastermind, who spent three seasons telling the story of Andy Millman and other little-known people on movie sets in Extras, is now tackling the lives of little little-known people in Life’s Too Short, which follows the rise and fall of a showbiz dwarf. Warwick Davis (pictured, front center) and Gervais play themselves, and you can expect Extras-style celebrity cameos — including Johnny Depp — when the show premieres on HBO after Christmas. Devoted Gervais fans will be even more delighted by the appearance of familiar faces from The Office and Extras playing themselves, adding to the new series’ realism.

Check out an exclusive photo of Gervais and Davis, after the jump:

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Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)
The Office

The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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