UK writer comedian Stephen Merchant, best known as sidekick to Ricky Gervais, is getting his own series in the US.
HBO has picked up Hello Ladies, co-written, directed by and starring Merchant as “a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles, but the beautiful people won’t let him in.”
Merchant, best known for The Office, Extras, An Idiot Abroad, The Ricky Gervais Show and Life’s Too Short, has co-written with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office).
Merchant has previously noted he still feels like “an awkward teenager” around women.
“I thought that when you got yourself on TV there would be a door that opened and someone would say, ‘Come through to the world of showbiz where everything is easier and these amazing women can’t wait to meet you.’ But surprisingly that hasn’t happened. Just because you’ve been on BBC2 once or twice doesn’t make you Warren Beatty.”
HBO is producing in association with ABC Studios.