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HBO Orders New Pilot from Stephen Merchant

HBO has ordered a new comedy pilot from The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant. The show, named Hello Ladies, will feature Merchant as writer and star. 

Hello Ladies is centered on an English man (Merchant) looking for love in Los Angeles. The Emmy winner, who has penned the pilot with former Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, will also become an executive producer on the show. HBO will produce in association with ABC Studios, who have a deal with Eisenberg and Stupnitsky.

The cable network broadcasts and co-produces Life’s Too Short, Merchant’s latest sitcom with Ricky Gervais that features Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis. The Ricky Gervais Show, also featuring Merchant, recently wrapped up its third season on HBO.

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