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HBO Cancels 'Family Tree' and 'Hello Ladies'

HBO has canceled a couple of its new comedy series. THR reports that Family Tree, starring Chris O'Dowd and co-created by Christopher Guest, and Hello Ladies, starring and co-created by Stephen Merchant, have been canceled by the pay-cable network. Both shows aired their eight episode first (and only) seasons last year. Hello Ladies will, however, have one final special episode.

While these two shows have been canceled, HBO is in talks to renew its comedy Getting On for a second season. An adaptation of the UK show of the same name, Getting On stars Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Laurie Metcalf as a trio of nurses at a geriatric [...]

Amy Poehler and Stephen Merchant Interrupted Jimmy Kimmel's Monologue Last Night

Amy Poehler and Stephen Merchant were Jimmy Kimmel's guests last night, and they both interrupted his monologue by impatiently calling him from their dressing rooms to ask when they get to go on the show/ask for spray butter.

Check out Amy Poehler and Stephen Merchant's interviews on the show below:

The Fourth Season of 'Eastbound & Down' Will Be Its Last

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 [...]

Meet the Supporting Cast of Stephen Merchant's 'Hello Ladies'

Hello Ladies is Stephen Merchant's HBO sitcom about Stephen wanting to be super cool and part of LA's social scene of gorgeous perfect people. His supporting cast will be made up a lot of actors that evoke the reaction of, "Oh yeah, that person." Christine Woods (Perfect Couples, FlashFoward) will play Jessica, a platonic friend of Stephen's character who lives in his guest house. Nate Torrence (She's Out of My League, Studio 60) will play Wade, Stephen's best friend who is unhappily forced to join Stephen in the LA dating world, after his wife leaves him. Kevin Weisman (Alias) will play Kives. (Yes, he's named Kives. What's that? That's not [...]

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Megan Mullally, Fred Armisen, Stephen Merchant and More

To celebrate the joyous holiday of St. Paddy's Day, Conan gathered its favorite funny people and served 'em all up a delicious cold green- [spit take]. No one really seems sure what it is, but I like to imagine that it's that stuff Dumbledore has to drink to get to the Horcrux in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Stephen Merchant's Fans Don't Entirely Trust Him

Stephen Merchant stopped by Conan last night, and the Hello Ladies star and Office co-creator has learned that while his fans really like him, they're still not quite sure they can trust him. Below, he delves into the difficulties of modern dating, and why he would have been much happier when death was a bigger part finding love.

Watch a Trailer for Stephen Merchant's New HBO Show 'Hello Ladies'

Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais's writing partner and co-creator of The Office and Extras, is set to play his first lead role in Hello Ladies, an HBO sitcom he co-created that debuts September 29th. Here's the first full-length trailer for the show, which features him getting rejected by a double-digit number of women.

Stephen Merchant and Anna Faris Star in Ali G/Borat Writer Dan Mazer's New Rom-Com

Here's the trailer for I Give It a Year, a romantic comedy from Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron Cohen's longtime writing partner who co-wrote and produced Da Ali G Show, Borat, and Brüno. The movie, Mazer's first as a director, stars Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, and Stephen Merchant, and judging by the trailer, it has just as many sex jokes as you'd expect from a romantic comedy by the writer of Borat.

Stephen Merchant Piloting for HBO

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. [...]

Trade Roundup: I Give It a Year, Only Fools & Horses, Andrea Martin

An early 2013 UK release date has been set for the London-filmed I Give It a Year, starring Rose Byrne, Anna Faris and Stephen Merchant, and written and directed by Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer. It's a comedy about "a young couple in their first year of marriage," or as they say in England, "a young couple in their first year of marriage."

In other Bridesmaids star news, Wendi McLendon-Covey will be starring in ABC's Only Fools & Horses pilot (after Goldie Hawn left The Viagra Diaries and freed her from her role in that). Anyway, she and Steve Carell would definitely make this [...]

Stephen Merchant's 'Hello Ladies' Feels Cringe-Worthingly Familiar

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 [...]

Watch a Teaser Trailer for Stephen Merchant's 'Hello Ladies'

Here's a short trailer for Hello Ladies, the new HBO comedy co-created by and starring Stephen Merchant, who co-created Extras and The Office with Ricky Gervais. The show is set to start airing Sunday, September 29th, and it looks like it'll be pretty good if basing your expectatins for a show off a 15-second clip is okay to do.

HBO Orders Stephen Merchant's 'Hello Ladies' to Series

The Office and Extras co-creator Stephen Merchant's HBO pilot Hello Ladies just got picked up by the pay cable network for an eight-episode run, Deadline reports. Merchant writes, directs, and stars in the new series, in which he'll play a gawky Englishman looking for love in the States. The pilot co-starred Nate Torrence, Christine Woods, and Kevin Weisman, and the show will be produced by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who worked on the US version of The Office. We've seen a lot of Ricky Gervais since Extras went off the air, but it'll be nice to get some more Stephen Merchant on the TV screen for [...]

Checking in Halfway Through 'And Here's The Kicker'

Two weeks ago, we named And Here's The Kicker as the first book of the Splitsider Comedy Book Club. The plan is to give everyone a month to obtain and read the book but I wanted to check in as we're halfway through. So far, I've read the wonderful interviews with Buck Henry, Stephen Merchant, Harold Ramis, Dan Mazer, Merrill Markoe, Paul Feig, Bob Odenkirk, Todd Hanson, Marshall Brickman, and Mitch Hurwitz. Though the hope is to have a longer discussion at the end of the book, below are a few questions to be discussed in the comments section of this post to get the ball rolling [...]