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HBO Picks Up Stephen Merchant’s Latest Embarrassment Comedy ‘Hello Ladies’ to Series

HBO Picks Up Stephen Merchant's Latest Embarrassment Comedy 'Hello Ladies' to Series

British comedian and “The Office” UK co-creator Stephen Merchant is HBO’s newest star. According to Deadline, the premium cable network has given an eight-episode series order to “Hello Ladies,” the comedy pilot he co-wrote, directed and stars in.

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As in the recent HBO series “Life’s Too Short,” which Merchant co-created with his frequent collaborator Ricky Gervais, “Hello Ladies” finds the lanky funnyman playing a slightly more obnoxious and awkward fictionalized version of himself, searching for romance amonst the beautiful people of Los Angeles and usually just finding embarrassment — cringe comedy being one of his specialities.

The series, which Merchant wrote with former “Office” writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, is based on themes Merchant explored in last year’s stand-up show of the same name. Christine Woods, Nate Torrence and Kevin Weisman co-starred in the pilot, which Eisenberg and Stupnitsky executive produced.

Merchant is no stranger to HBO — in addition to “Life’s Too Short,” he also co-created “Extras” with Gervais, and with him is a co-host of the animated “The Ricky Gervais Show.”

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“Hello Ladies” isn’t the only comedy to which HBO has given a series committment lately — in August, Christopher Guest’s “Family Tree” got an eight-episode order from the network.

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