HBO Picks Up Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies Pilot

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Actor Stephen Merchant arrives at the premiere of "Hall Pass” in Hollywood, California on February 23, 2011. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/2011 AFP

HBO has picked up a new pilot directed, co-written, and starring multitalented Ricky Gervais collaborator Stephen Merchant (Extras). Hello Ladies will feature the exceptionally tall Merchant as an Englishman desperately trying to find a gorgeous mate in L.A. "Half as charming as he thinks he is — and twice as desperate — he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people," Deadline writes. The show is being executive produced by The Office's Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.