Though HBO will be losing both True Blood and Boardwalk Empire after the shows air their final seasons this year, the network is clearing a couple of other programs off its schedule. HBO has decided not to renew the comedies Hello Ladies and Family Tree for second seasons, per THR. The network will be giving Hello Ladies a wrap-up comedy special from star Stephen Merchant, but it appears that we’ve reached the end of the road for Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, which was an endearing if ultimately minor show from the brilliant mind behind Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. THR also adds that talks are underway for a second season of the dark comedy Getting On, starring Alex Borstein. Hit the jump for more on HBO’s current slate.
HBO has released new images for several upcoming projects:
- Clear History – Larry David stars as a marketing executive who sold his shares in an electric car startup and missed out on billions of dollars. Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Michael Keaton, and Kate Hudson also star. Greg Mottola (Superbad) directs.
- Hello Ladies – Stephen Merchant (Extras) stars as an Englishman looking for love in Los Angeles in the comedy series he co-writes with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office).
- Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight – Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Benjamin Walker, and Danny Glover star in the Stephen Frears-directed political drama centered around Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War.
- Seduced and Abandoned – Director James Toback and Alec Baldwin comment on the absurdity of Hollywood with this documentary about their failed efforts to secure financing for an Iraq-set love story.
See the images after the jump.
Tonight’s season finale of Game of Thrones will be one of HBO’s most watched episodes of their year, so it was the perfect time to promote their upcoming slate of programming. Shortly before the season finale, HBO aired promos for the new seasons of Eastbound & Down, The Newsroom, and Boardwalk Empire; the new series True Detective and Hello Ladies; and Greg Mottola‘s upcoming comedy, Clear History. Most of these functioned as announcement trailers. We’re still fairly early in the summer, and most of these programs won’t arrive until we’re firmly in the fall; True Detective won’t even show up until 2014. But if you’re eager for The Newsroom, it’s a substantial new trailer.
Hit the jump to check out the promos, and come back later tonight when Allison posts her recap of the season finale of Game of Thrones. As a side note to GoT fans, we’ll be talking about the series on this week’s Collision when we record on Tuesday.
There’s not much of a shake-up with HBO’s fall drama schedule, which keeps Boardwalk Empire‘s fourth season premiere (see the teaser trailer here) in its usual September spot. With The Newsroom airing earlier this summer than last year, a comedy slot has opened up at the end of September that will pair the return of Eastbound & Down (for a “final” season, though we’ve heard that before) along with the new Stephen Merchant comedy Hello Ladies, which will serve as the lead-in. No news yet regarding Treme, whose shortened fourth season should return some time in the fall to conclude the series. Hit the jump for more spoiler-free specifics about the fall schedule, including the new Larry David movie.
The ever-talented Stephen Merchant (co-creator of The Office and Extras alongside Ricky Gervais) has a penchant for playing the unsuccessful romantic. In his first team-up with The Farrellys – the underrated Hall Pass – Merchant steps out of his marriage and attempts to woo a bevy of women… all unsuccessfully. In Movie 43, Merchant is at it again – this time attempting to seduce Halle Berry in one of the film’s numerous sketches.
In the following interview with Merchant, the comedian discusses working with Peter Farrelly once again for Movie 43, the anxiety of memorizing lines, whether he longs to ever be the lead in a film and his in-the-works HBO series Hello Ladies. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Though Stephen Merchant (or “Smerch” to fans, “lanky, goggle-eyed freak” to Ricky Gervais) may share plenty of HBO credits with long-time creative partner Gervais, such as on the great series Extras as well as voice credits to The Ricky Gervais Show, Hello Ladies will be his first solo foray. HBO has reportedly ordered a pilot from the talented Brit, which he co-wrote with former The Office (UK) scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Merchant is also an executive producer on the American series, along with co-creator Gervais).
The series will star Merchant as an English guy looking for love in Los Angeles, and his attempts to crack into its polarizing, superficial world. If the title sounds familiar, it’s because it was also the name of his recent stand-up comedy tour. Merchant has appeared onscreen in all of his projects with Gervais, and also in a few forgettable films such as The Tooth Fairy and Hall Pass, but Hello Ladies will be his first starring role. For more on the project, hit the jump.