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Hello Ladies Stephen Merchant Compares Series to Movie: With a Sitcom, You Can Be More Indulgent

Hello Ladies is a short-lived HBO show , now an HBO movie , and the failed pickup line that Stephen Merchant s Stuart Pritchard has attempted countless times over the course of the property's atypical run. And the whole thing started as a stand-up comedy special of the same name. So if anyone is able to adapt one concept to yet another new medium, it's British comedian Merchant, who was given free rein to create the 80-minute edition after HBO chose not to move forward with a Season 2. The latest programming genre wasn't without its difficulties, however, he revealed to TheWrap .   Read More... //

Hello Ladies: The Movie Creator-Star Stephen Merchant Explains Stuart-Jessica Romance

Spoiler Alert: If you have not yet watched Hello Ladies: The Movie and do not want to be spoiled, then do not read on. When life or HBO cancels your TV show, make a movie. That was the opportunity British comedian Stephen Merchant was presented with when the pay-TV channel axed his Hello Ladies sitcom in January . Merchant, who stars in his own production as protagonist Stuart Pritchard, told TheWrap that balancing Saturday night's 80-minute wrap-up special asa standalone piece for those who didn't watch Season 1 with rewarding fans who had was of the utmost importance. That said, Hello Ladies: The Movie is not exactly what the second season of Hello Ladies the sitcom would have been, Merchant copped.The main arc of Pritchard's on-screen eventual growth, though, was going to happen regardless. See all Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies Stephen Merchant Compares Series to Movie: With a Sitcom, You Can Be More Indulgent I always like that idea that you start with somebody who's kind of a dick you know, like Groundhog Day and redeem them, Merchant explained of the character maturation process. That's a very satisfying way of telling a story. Another key plot piece that stuck around for the re-imagined conclusion was giving the character of Jessica (Christine Woods) an early midlife crisis to deal with. Pritchard's Hollywood Hills-based tenant and friend quits acting after a humiliating audition for a yogurt commercial, and struggles to find her next life's calling. She re-enrolls in college and makes some key changes in her personal life, opening the door for the seemingly inevitable will they part of Stuart's and Jessica's will they/won't they relationship. As part of growing Stuart from a wannabe ladies man to a man suited for a lady, Merchant wanted his character to finally make out with and even have sex with a girl midway through the feature film. And the king of awkwardness on TV's most cringe-worthy property wanted the horizontal mambo to be as uncomfortable as humanly possible so he scrapped his original plan of who Stuart's on-screen between-the-sheets partner would be. See all Ricky Gervais: Ricky Gervais Office Character Is Absolutely F-cking Tragic in Movie Life on the Road The first draft of Hello Ladies: The Movie saw Stuart sharing a funny sex scene with the beautiful model he kisses on a yacht, Merchant told TheWrap. But instead, the comic raised the emotional stakes, substituting Jessica into an adult-themed scene that couldn't play out more unbearably and childishly (though also hysterically). It's just something about seeing two people that kind of know each other having sex, Merchant reasoned.One of the things I always think is funny about sex in the real world, when you're comfortable with someone there's something comical about it. It's quite an odd thing. See all Stephen Merchant: Mark Ruffalo and Stephen Merchant Play Tonight Show Musical Beers (Video) What's funny about sex is when you get to know someone well, you've relaxed with them, you've been yourself with that person you've laughed together, you've joked together, he continued. She's seen you when you've spilled soup down you. But when you go in the bedroom, you sort of have to slightly take on a role of the sexy people. Once he knew the rewritten uneasy sex scene was a go, the self-confessed sucker for a love story knew he had forever answered the rom-com's main lingering question, and allowed for a more classic romance to seep in between his male and female lead. Still, that call wasn't all puppies and unicorns and rose petals and love songs Merchant had a very practical reason for his ultimate decision. Also, if you don't bring them together, people are annoyed, he concluded. Related stories from TheWrap: Mark Ruffalo and Stephen Merchant Play 'Tonight Show' 'Musical Beers' (Video) Zac Efron's Neighbor Charlie Day Gets His Crazy Fan Love Letters, and Keeps Them (Video) Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna and Eminem's F-Bombs Rock HBO Veterans Day Concert //

‘Hello Ladies’ and ‘Family Tree’ Cancelled by HBO

HBO has cancelled their two freshman comedies  Hello Ladies  and  Family Tree . Hello Ladies  starred the co-creator of the original  The Office , Stephen Merchant as a British man awkwardly looking for love in all the wrong places in LA. While the comedy has been cancelled,  Deadline notes the series will wrap up with a special.  Family Tree , which starred Chris O’Dowd as a man searching for his distant relatives, won’t be so lucky. The little watched comedy has been axed with no plans for any sort of wrap-up special. Read More.. //

Hello Ladies Season 1 Episode 8 “The Drive”

Hello Ladies  Season 1 Episode 8 “The Drive” airs Sunday, November 17 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 8 “The Drive” – Stuart brags to anyone and everyone about his upcoming night out with Kimberly (Heather Hahn). At a birthday celebration for Amelia (Jenny Slate), her “frenemy,” Jessica relishes the fact that the tables have turned in their relationship. Read More... //

Hello Ladies Season 1 Episode 7 “The Wedding”

Hello Ladies  Season 1 Episode 7 “The Wedding” airs Sunday, November 10 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 7 “The Wedding” – Attending a wedding with Jessica and Glenn (Sean Wing), Stuart tries to reconfigure the seating plan after learning he won’t be at a table with attractive, single women. Meanwhile, Jessica waits to hear about her call-back audition for the lead role in a network show. Read More... //

Hello Ladies Season 1 Episode 6 “Long Beach”

Hello Ladies  Season 1 Episode 6 “Long Beach” airs Sunday, November 3 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 6 “Long Beach” – Stuart bonds with some construction workers; Jessica gives Wade advice on how to win back Marion. Read More... //

Hello Ladies Season 1 Episode 5 “Pool Party”

Hello Ladies  Season 1 Episode 5 “Pool Party” airs Sunday, October 27 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 5 “Pool Party” – Stuart plans an epic pool party in hopes that Kimberly (Heather Hahn), a model, will attend. Jessica mentors Heaven (Rosa Salazar), a homeless 19-year-old. Read More... //

Hello Ladies Season 1 Episode 4 “The Dinner”

Hello Ladies  Season 1 Episode 4 “The Dinner” airs Sunday, October 20 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 4 “The Dinner” – After learning that gay clubs are frequented by straight women, Stuart ditches Wade, who was coming over for movie night, to tag along with Jessica to a gay club. Jessica gets herself and Stuart invited to a dinner party of influential tastemakers and groundbreakers. Wade is joined by Kives for a fun night back at Stuart’s house. Read More... //

Hello Ladies Season 1 Episode 3 “The Date”

Hello Ladies  Season 1 Episode 3 “The Date” airs Sunday, October 13 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 3 “The Date” – Stuart (Stephen Merchant) has an encouraging first date with Annie (Lindsey Broad), a yoga studio employee, but becomes unhinged. Upset when her “frenemy,” Amelia (Jenny Slate), gets a major film role, Jessica (Christine Woods) demands that Glenn (Sean Wing), her agent/squeeze, score her an audition, pronto. Following a slip in the shower, Wade institutes an emergency-alert system for his friends. Read More... //

Hello Ladies Season 1 Episode 2 “The Limo”

Hello Ladies  Season 1 Episode 2 “The Limo” airs Sunday, October 6 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Episode Synopsis: Season 1 Episode 2 “The Limo” – Wade (Nate Torrence) hires a stretch limousine in an effort to win back Marion (Crista Flanagan), his estranged wife. Stuart (Stephen Merchant) seizes the opportunity to travel around LA in limo style with Wade and Kives (Kevin Weisman) in tow, and picks up three very interested female tourists. Read More... //