September 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm #303736
A recent transplant from England, Stuart is a gawky, 6’ 7” web
designer searching for excitement and romance in Los Angeles. Half as
charming – and twice as desperate – as he thinks he is, he’s obsessed
with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people, who won’t let
him in. Searching for the woman of his dreams amidst the dazzling nightlife
of Los Angeles, Stuart’s romantic aspirations far outstretch his looks
In his first lead role in a comedy series, Stephen Merchant (Golden Globe winner as writer-executive producer of “The Office
UK” and HBO’s “Extras”) stars as Stuart in HELLO LADIES, which begins
its eight-episode season SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT),
exclusively on HBO, immediately following the season premiere of
“Eastbound & Down.” HELLO LADIES was created by Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee
Eisenberg; executive producers, Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky and
Lee Eisenberg; co-executive producers, Daniel Chun and Ron Weiner;
producer, Dan Kaplow.
Other series regulars on HELLO LADIES include Christine Woods (“Go On,” “Perfect Couples”)
as Jessica, an unsuccessful actress unsure of both her place in the
world and her on-again, off-again romance with her agent; Nate Torrence
(“Get Smart,” “She’s Out of My League”) as Wade, reluctantly re-entering
the dating world after being dumped by the wife he still loves; and
Kevin Weisman (“Alias”) as Kives, who parlays disability to his
advantage in picking up women. Guests on the show include Crista
Flanagan, Jenny Slate, Sean Wing and Sarah Wright. In addition to “Extras,” for which he was an executive producer,
director, writer and actor, Stephen Merchant’s previous HBO credits
include the series “Life’s Too Short” (executive producer, director,
writer, actor) and “The Ricky Gervais Show”
(executive producer, voice). Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg’s
credits as a team include writing and executive producing “Bad Teacher”
and writing and co-executive producing the American version of “The Office,” for which they were nominated for four Emmys®.September 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm #303738
Critics have seen four of the episodes and have responded tepidly because it is more amusing than hilarious and because it seems like a retread of the creators’ past work. Having seen the pilot, it is both of those things, but I loved The Office, so I am up for more of that type of humour. Given the people behind it, this could certainly reach its full potential down the line. Did anyone else watch?September 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm #303739
I really hope Merchant can break through like Gervais didSeptember 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm #303740
I assume Ricky Gervais will guest star at some point during the series run.September 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm #303741
I would not count on that in this first season, as HBO has not announced him and Merchant did not appear in Gervais’s Derek.
Greg Daniels is directing the seventh episode.October 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm #303742
It seems that no one watched, so without go to much into specifics, suffice it to say that the second episode was a step down from the pilot and Christine Woods’ subplot particularly fell flat.
Leading out of Eastbound & Down‘s 0.69 million viewers and 0.4 rating in 18–49, the premiere of Hello Ladies drew 0.52 million viewers and a 0.3 rating for the first broadcast with 0.80 million including the repeat two hours later. The second episode fell to 0.41 million and a 0.2 rating, coming out of Eastbound & Down‘s 0.82 million and 0.4 rating.October 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm #303743
Merchant would be a welcome nominee in the best comedy actor category for 2014.October 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm #303744
I agree, the pilot would be a fantastic submission for him, I’m his fan and also Gervais so my bias won’t help much here but, I do love the show, the pilot was incredible, I love the kind of embarassing humor, oh god that scene when he yells masturbate and falls, jeeez I even facepalmed here , so embarassing hahahaha.
The second episode, I liked the paparazzi “Oh I love this fucking idiot” was brilliant, Merchant’s face when he gets back to the limo, gold.
Can’t wait for the next episode.October 14, 2013 at 10:06 am #303745
Aren’t people watching this????? I think this is by far the best comedy of this season, maybe the crazy ones is close to it, but this definetely has more heart, it is funny, fantastically written , I just love it. Potential tape for Christine Woods if she is nominated.October 14, 2013 at 11:01 am #303746
Didn’t like it. Sounded good on paper thoughOctober 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm #303747
Viewership actually ticked up to 0.48 million and a 0.2 rating out of a down 0.78 million and 0.4 rating for Eastbound & Down.
I am in for the season, but the show seems to be getting less funny and my hope is waning.
Are Lee Eiseinberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Daniel Chun and Dan Kaplow some kind of package deal? All four are producing this and Trophy Wife.October 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm #303748
Saw the first 3 episodes and like always Merchant is enjoyable. I think the third episode was a big step up from the second. I just didn’t really like The Limo.October 21, 2013 at 9:58 am #303749
Oh boy, that was fantastic, fantastic tape for Woods, that tap dancing number was hard to watch hahahahah.
I hope we get to explore more of the patetic sad side from Stephen’s life, that was very good.October 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm #303750
“The Dinner” was the best one yet, but there are still a few things holding it back. That final five minutes of the episode were cinematic and stirring, yet it was hard for them to fully hit home because I can only feel so bad about someone who is such an asshole as opposed to a loser. I am pretty sure that that climactic cringe-worthy moment was actually ripped from both versions of The Office, which is both good and bad.
It is too bad that the Emmys have gone back to splitting cinematography by camera setup instead of episode length, as this could be a winning submission for Michael Weaver. At least he already has a win for Californication. This show continues to incorporate songs very well. I was originally unfamiliar with the title theme and thought that it sounded like Flight of the Conchords.
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