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'Derek': Ricky Gervais Series Comes To Netflix

09/19/2012 05:48 pm ET

"Derek," Ricky Gervais' latest series, is coming to Netflix. The new series will stream on Netflix in the US, Canada, Latin America and Scandinavia in 2013. "Derek" will hit Netflix in the UK and Ireland after its Channel 4 run.

Gervais wrote, directed and stars in the comedy about a group of outsiders living on the margins of society. "Derek" also marks Karl Pilkington's acting debut.

"Netflix is the future," Gervais said in a statement. "TV habits have already changed drastically over the last 10 years and this is the next phase. People want their favourite shows on demand whether they are homegrown or not. As an artist you want the fruits of you labour to be seen by the largest number of people possible without having to compromise the product. This deal gave me the freedom and the huge potential viewers of the internet but the production values of film and TV. They also made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Come on, an artist gotta eat man."

Netflix's Ted Sarandos said he's thrilled to be working with Gervais again. "We were the first online subscription service to license 'The Office' several years ago and this brings us full circle," he said.

Netflix will also be home to "Arrested Development" when it returns for new episodes in spring 2013.

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