It will be more like ‘Goodbye Ladies,’ as HBO announced today that the Stephen Merchant freshman comedy as well as ‘Family Tree’ will not be renewed for respective second seasons.
‘Hello Ladies,’ starring Merchant as Stuart Pritchard, an awkward Englishman looking for love, and a bit of fun, in sunny Los Angeles, came to a close after eight episodes in November, but will still get a bit of closure. Not unlike the ending of frequent collaborater Ricky Gervais’ HBO comedy ‘Life’s Too Short,’ Merchant’s show will wrap everything up with a special.
The show divided critics, featuring mostly mediocre reviews with TVRage more optimistic, but it’s not the only HBO fare getting the axe.
‘Family Tree,’ the Chris O’Dowd comedic vehicle, will also not see another year. It’s eight-episode campaign concluded in July following a slow start, as fans did not quickly find interesting O’Dowd’s plight as a man on a quest to trace his lineage. From the oft-hilarious mind of Christopher Guest, ‘Family Tree’ also had a British background as it is a co-production with the BBC, and featured regular Guest cohorts, including Fred Williard, Michael McKean, and Ed Begley Jr.
A third new HBO comdy, ‘Getting On,’ has not yet been given an official word on its future, but it is reportedly expected to be picked up for a second season. The darkly comic medical series stars Laurie Metcalf as a doctor working in the geriatric wing of a hospital.
Still, HBO has their flagship comedy in ‘Girls,’ the acclaimed ‘Veep,’ and the recently debuted ‘Looking.’ The network also has three high profile comedies in the works as well, one from the Duplass brothers ('Togetherness'), another starring Jack Black ('The Brink'), and a third, 'Ballers,' set in Miami starring Dwayne Johnson.