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Ricky Gervais is getting animated for HBO.

The British comic will star in his own comedy cartoon series starting Friday, Feb. 19, at 9/8c on HBO, followed by the second-season premiere of another animated comedy, The Life and Times of Tim.

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The Ricky Gervais Show will mark Gervais' third collaboration with HBO, following the Emmy-winning Extras and his 2008 special, Ricky Gervais: Out of England — Stand-Up Special. The animated series will also reteam Gervais, 48, with Stephen Merchant. The two created the original BBC version of The Office as well as Extras.

The Ricky Gervais Show is based on Gervais, Merchant and comic Karl Pilkington's breakout podcasts — the most downloaded ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington will voice the show, which will animate past podcasts on everything from philosophy and philanthropy to excerpts from Pilkington's journal.

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Gervais, who will host the Golden Globes Awards Jan. 17, has most recently focused his attention on feature films such as 2008's Ghost Town and 2009's The Invention of Lying.

Are you excited to see Gervais back on the small screen?