TCA: HBO’s ‘Hello Ladies’ Hits Close To Home For Stephen Merchant

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 6:15pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Ricky Gervais‘ longtime writing partner and production collaborator Stephen Merchant insisted today at TCA that his new eight-episode HBO comedy series Hello Ladies that debuts on the network September 29 isn’t designed as his big move to step out of Gervais’ shadow and establish his own performing chops. “Not at all,” the shy, deadpan Merchant said. “It was actually HBO’s idea. They suggested a sitcom after seeing my standup act. And because Ricky has been in a relationship with his girlfriend Jane since he was like 20, and I have huge issues in my dating life, it just evolved as being my own.” Merchant stars, co-writes and directs the half-hour that casts him as a bumbling, gangly English web designer named Stuart who is transplanted to Los Angeles. It’s all about his hapless attempts to blend in with the sophisticated L.A. social scene and striking out with the ladies. Read More »

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Hot Teaser: HBO’s ‘Hello Ladies’

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 3:03am PDT

HBO has released the first teaser for its eight-episode series Hello Ladies. The comedy, co-written, directed by and starring The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant, is co-written with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. All three exec produce. Merchant plays a gawky Englishman … Read More »

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HBO Sets ‘Life’s Too Short’ Special For July; FX’s ‘Wilfred’ To Return For Season 3 In June

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 10:23am PDT

One comedy is coming to an end as another is coming back. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‘s Life’s Too Short will formally wrap up its run on HBO with a special to air this summer. Following actor Warwick Davis’ … Read More »

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‘Life’s Too Short’ To End HBO Run With Special

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:55pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‘s latest series, HBO/BBC comedy Life’s Too Short, will come back to HBO for a special, which will wrap the story. Gervais had been talking about doing a Life Is Read More »

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HBO Picks Up To Series ‘Hello Ladies’ Comedy Pilot From Stephen Merchant, Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has given an eight-episode series order to Hello Ladies, its comedy pilot co-written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant. The project, which The Office co-creator co-wrote with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, stars the 6 foot-7 Merchant as a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles. Half as charming as he thinks he is — and twice as desperate — he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people. Unfortunately the beautiful people won’t let him in. Merchant, who also explored the theme in his Hello Ladies standup show last year, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky executive produce the series, which HBO is producing in association with ABC Studios. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are under an overall deal at ABC Studios, which blessed their involvement in the project, including its sale to HBO. The Hello Ladies pilot co-starred Christine Woods, Nate Torrence and Kevin Weisman. Read More »

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HBO Orders Comedy Pilot From Stephen Merchant And ‘Bad Teacher’ Writers

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 4:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has picked up to pilot Hello Ladies, a comedy co-written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant. The project, which The Office co-creator co-wrote with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, stars the 6ft … Read More »

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VIDEO: Johnny Depp Gets His Revenge On Ricky Gervais

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 9:45am PDT

Johnny Depp Lining Up For Guest Spot In ‘Life’s Too Short’

Johnny Depp has struck back against Ricky Gervais for the host’s digs at The Tourist made during last year’s Golden Globes broadcast. And he’s gotten help from Ricky Gervais to do it. Depp found time to guest on an … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais’ New BBC Series ‘Life’s Too Short’ To Air On HBO In 2012, See Teaser

By | Wednesday June 22, 2011 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After months of speculation, HBO today officially confirmed that it will carry Life’s Too Short, the new comedy series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, creators of The Office, Extras and The Ricky Gervais Show. The seven-episode series, which will debut on BBC Two later this year, will air on HBO … Read More »

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HBO Renews ‘Ricky Gervais’ For Season 3

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 11:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has renewed the animated comedy series The Ricky Gervais Show for a third season. The voices on the show are recorded by Ricky Gervais; his longtime collaborator, Stephen Merchant; and Gervais’ colleague and friend, Karl Pilkington, whose offbeat musings … Read More »

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TCA BITS: Ricky Gervais On Science, Mike Tyson On Pigeons, Ray Romano On Kissing

From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA Coverage:

Ricky Gervais is Now a Man of Science
Nobody has more fun than Ricky Gervais, as he proved Thursday afternoon during a TCA panel that originated live via satellite from overseas. Gervais was joined by his writer-producer partner Stephen Merchant and … Read More »

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