Stephen Merchant is, and probably will always be, best known as the co-creator of cringe-worthy shows that made Ricky Gervais very famous: The Office, Extras, and The Ricky Gervais Show, amongst others. But last night, he stepped into his first starring role with the premiere of HBO’s Hello Ladies, which he also directed, co-created, and co-wrote. The show stars Merchant as gangly Englishman Stuart Pritchard, who is desperately attempting to find love in Los Angeles. He’s normally accompanied in these endeavors by his recently dumped friend Wade (Nate Torrence) and ultra-charming ladies man Kives (Kevin Weisman).
The pilot opens with a joke that is undeniably hysterical, the kind of [...]
Eastbound & Down is set to premiere its last season (again). HBO announced today that the Danny McBride baseball comedy will conclude its run following an eight-episode season that's set to premiere Sunday, September 29th at 10pm. Season 4 will pick up several years after the last season, with Kenny Powers living with his family in North Carolina. McBride and co-creator Jody Hill had previously planned for Season 3 to be the show's final season, but were wooed back for one more year by HBO. We'll just see if they end up changing their minds again after filming Season 4.
HBO today also announced the premiere dates for [...]
HBO has ordered a pilot for a new show co-written/directed/starring Stephen Merchant. Entitled Hello Ladies, the show focuses on a tall British fellow in LA looking for the love of his life. This isn't so easy, as the city's young and beautiful are not the most willing to allow the gangling and awkward into their beautiful inner circle of beautiful people. The show was co-created/co-written by former US Office writers-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. They're best known for writing the hit comedy Bad Teacher and for recently failing to pen an agreeable third Ghostbusters movie. It's good to see Merchant working with someone other than Ricky Gervais. [...]