For some reason I just trust HBO when it comes to really good shows, because I mean: GIRLS, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Summer Heights High—Sopranos—it’s pretty obvious they would never impose anything bad on us, which leads me to believe British comedian Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies will have me watching.
The premise is a gawky Englishman Stewart moves from England to LA to find love and live the Hollywood dream. But if you know anything about love in LA, it’s that, uhhh, it doesn’t exist. Kidding, it does, but it’s also a very strange city with a lot of very superficial people (who have money!). So I already love it for that alone. And it’s looking like Merchant is having fun with this idea—his character, constantly trying to impress the elite crowd despite his tall, lanky dorkiness (he’s a web designer).
Hello Ladies is based on Merchant’s real-life encounters previously seen in his stand-up act, which actually goes by the same name of the show. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times he jokingly says it’s different for guys like him. “There’s something about the cosmos that’s working against people like me. If dog … sees George Clooney’s feet, it just stays away. It knows, it’s like, ‘No, no, no, that’s George Clooney. Look at this lanky British guy, we’ll get on his feet.”
The premiere airs September 29th at 10:30 PM on HBO.
(source: The Washington Post; photo via Brain Damaged)