Yup! HBO has ordered a pilot from the amazing Stephen Merchant! “Stephen who?” You might say, then I would scowl at you and say, “Stephen Merchant you know the co-writer of the British version of The Office and Extras, the co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show, and all around hilarious comedian and actor!” To which you would say, “Oh yeah, that guy. Cool.”
Then we would go back to playing Battleship and eating Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Currently picked up for eight episodes, the pilot, entitled “Hello, Ladies”, will feature Merchant in the leading role and center around the love life of an awkward, uncomfortable Englishman looking for his dream girl in the beautiful, glamor filled land of Los Angeles.
All the while exploring the main character’s obsession with the dazzling lives of the LA elites, trying his damnedest to find his way in. Awesome.
This is exactly the kind of vehicle I would want to see Merchant in. He is a master at being incredibly intelligent, pragmatic, and delightfully awkward. Not to mention, HBO is the perfect place for the show.
Also attached to the pilot is Christine Woods (Flash Forward), Kevin Weisman (Alias), and Nate Torrence. “Nate Who?” You might say. Then I would glare at you and say, “You know that scene stealing guy from Get Smart, She’s Out Of My League, and tons of commercials? Who’s had a ton of co-star roles and could really step up to the challenge of being a solid comedy series mainstay?” To which you would say, “Oh, yeah, that guy. Cool.”
Then we would go back to playing Monopoly and eating moon pies from a gas station.
Question: What new series are you most excited for?