HBO has ordered a pilot for a new show co-written/directed/starring Stephen Merchant. Entitled Hello Ladies, the show focuses on a tall British fellow in LA looking for the love of his life. This isn’t so easy, as the city’s young and beautiful are not the most willing to allow the gangling and awkward into their beautiful inner circle of beautiful people. The show was co-created/co-written by former US Office writers-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. They’re best known for writing the hit comedy Bad Teacher and for recently failing to pen an agreeable third Ghostbusters movie. It’s good to see Merchant working with someone other than Ricky Gervais. Though they’re able to make great comedy together, working on a show is a lot of time to have to spend with Ricky Gervais.