Stephen Merchant’s ‘Hello Ladies’ Gets a Movie Finale on HBO in November

By October 31, 2014

Unfortunately, HBO decided to nix Stephen Merchant’s HBO comedy series “Hello Ladies” after a single season, despite generally good reviews and a warm reception amongst critics and viewers alike. However, like “Extras” and “Life’s Too Short” before it, the series will get a proper send-off with a finale in the form of a movie.

HBO has just announced that a TV movie will conclude the series, something that has become customary for shows from Merchant and frequent collaborator Ricky Gervais. “Hello Ladies: The Movie” will air on November 22nd at 10pm Eastern time. A second season would have been much sweeter, but we’re just glad HBO is letting Merchant end things the right way.

In case you didn’t watch the first season, the HBO series (which premiered over a year ago) followed an awkward, tall British man looking for romance in Los Angeles, but he always came up short. Cast members Christine Woods (Jessica), Nate Torrence (Wade), Kevin Weisman (Kives), Kyle Mooney (Rory), Sean Wing (Glenn), and Crista Flanagan (Marion) will all reprise their roles in the finale.

Hello Ladies

For those wondering just where we’ll find Stuart (Merchant) in this special finale, here’s the synopsis:

When Stuart learns that his British ex-girlfriend is planning to visit Los Angeles with her husband, he sets out to impress them with his glamorous lifestyle, enlisting a Russian model he’s just met to play the role of his beautiful girlfriend. What could go wrong?

If you don’t catch the finale, directed by Stephen Merchant (who also wrote the script with “The Office” scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg) when it premieres or forget to set your DVR, don’t worry, because it will play several more times on HBO and HBO2 through the rest of November and into December. The finale will also be available on HBO Go, where you can watch the entire first season right now, which you absolutely should do.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.