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post #31 of 42
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Stewart going to Long Beach to party with those jerks was funny. Totally not his type of crowed.

Still blown away at his tenant. She's so pretty! Is she single? LOL
post #32 of 42
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I'm a dork for saying this, but I can't wait for tomorrow night.
post #33 of 42
I caught up with episodes 1-6. smile.gif

And this thread...rolleyes.gif

This is a unique, fresh and painfully funny show.

Of course it over the top and completely illogical- but it nails that male (and sometimes female) desperation vibe.

I like the way the show has great atmosphere and casually motivated characters.

Its an excellent show and change of pace.

Love the way the line "Hello Ladies" gets used in each episode.
post #34 of 42
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Of course it over the top and completely illogical- but it nails that male (and sometimes female) desperation vibe.

I think this is actually one of the more realistic shows on television. I can see pretty much any of the events portrayed on the show occurring in reality. I'm sure some of the events hit home with many people yearning for a life of superficiality.

I was hard on this show at first, but it really does continue to get more interesting with each new episode. Tonight's episode really demonstrated how stupid and nonsensical it is for someone like Stuart to keep chasing these airheads. The fact that among the smartest women he's gone after earnestly watches those idiotic alien "documentaries" says a lot.
Edited by MSmith83 - 11/10/13 at 10:12pm
post #35 of 42
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Sweet ending.
post #36 of 42
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They're a little late with renewal. While a lot of people disliked this show, I understood it's perks. I'll miss it
post #37 of 42
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painful show.
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I agree. Tried it for 4 weeks. Just cringe-worthy.
post #38 of 42
I haven't seen this show altough a fan of the office, extras, ricky gervais show....cringe-worthy good as in Ricky Gervais/Larry David type humor, or something else?
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I haven't seen this show altough a fan of the office, extras, ricky gervais show....cringe-worthy good as in Ricky Gervais/Larry David type humor, or something else?
Not the same.

This show is poorly written, VERY poorly cast, poorly acted, poorly delivered, and amateurish. It is so bad that it is offensive, annoying, and irritating to try and watch. Merchant is not a leading man. He works much better as Ricky Gervais' bizarre agent delivering a line or two which is VERY funny because Gervais wrote it (although they are writing partners, but I still think it's Gervais who wrote it) or around the table as another voice participating in a "podcast interview" with Karl Pilkington subsequently turned into an animated feature.

This is most definitely not in the same league as the Gervais/David shows you and I are both big fans of. If you watched the first few episodes you'd turn it off and delete it within 5 minutes.
post #40 of 42
Well, I am a huge fan of Larry David's work and have grown to like this show for the most part, so taste is not universal in that regard.

I will agree that its overall comedic value is definitely not nearly on the same level as a show like Curb Your Enthusiasm, especially the first few episodes. It's ultimately a different kind of show.
Edited by MSmith83 - 11/21/13 at 4:02pm
post #41 of 42
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Well, I am a huge fan of Larry David's work and have grown to like this show for the most part, so taste is not universal in that regard.

I will agree that its overall comedic value is definitely not nearly on the same level as a show like Curb Your Enthusiasm, especially the first few episodes. It's ultimately a different kind of show.
Struggle as I might to like this show, I never did succeed. I found all of the setups, premises, situations, etc., to be un-funny and overly forced. Slapstick vaudeville heavy-handed setup/zinger (supposedly) type of comedy, except that all the zingers (whether in words or delivery) were just not truly funny (or cringe-worthy funny, or any type of funny).

This show seemed more sitcom, as if expecting a laugh track to confirm that it is FUNNY and seduce us into believing that.

I realize comedy is subjective, but I just didn't enjoy this one at all. Hey, I enjoyed "Family Tree" on HBO and others did not. I really like pretty much anything Christopher Guest does, but not everything he does always works to the same degree.

In the case of this Stephen Merchant misfire, I really just have to say it was a complete misfire on all levels. That's just my opinion.
post #42 of 42
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HBO's 'Family Tree,' 'Hello Ladies' Canceled; 'Getting On' Eyes Second Season
12:00 PM PST 1/23/2014 by Lesley Goldberg / hollywoodreporter.com

HBO's Family Tree and Hello Ladies will not return for second seasons, while talks are underway for a potential second season of Getting On. HBO has decided to not move forward with second runs of the comedy series from Christopher Guest and Stephen Merchant, respectively, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Hello Ladies, however, will wrap up with a comedy special.

Family Tree centered on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd) who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters -- as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are. Guest staples Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. co-stared.

Guest and longtime partner Jim Piddock created the project and executive produced. Both also appeared in Family Tree. The eight-episode single-camera comedy aired simultaneously on the BBC 2 in the U.K. Produced by NBC Universal International TV's Lucky Giant Productions' Guest, Piddock and Karen Murphy.

The series launched in May to 541,000 viewers, leveling off in its eight-episode run. It ended its run in July -- on par with HBO's Girls.

Hello Ladies, co-written with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, will get a comedy special to follow the exploits of Stuart Pritchard and his group of friends, based on Merchant's stand-up material.

HBO co-produced the series co-starring Christine Woods with ABC Studios, where Eisenberg and Stupnitsky (who also produce ABC's freshman comedy Trophy Wife) are based.

Hello Ladies opened in September to 463,000 total viewers before slipping in subsequent weeks. The eight-episode freshman season wrapped its run on Nov. 17.

Meanwhile, talks are underway for a potential second season of dark comedy Getting On, starring Alex Borstein.

For HBO, the news comes as the premium outlet is set to launch at least two new comedies this year -- Mike Judge's Silicon Valley, which is due in the spring, and Jonathan Groff comedy Looking, which bowed to a lackluster 338,000 viewers on Sunday. HBO also recently handed out a series order to Togetherness, a comedy from the Duplass brothers, and renewed Looking lead-in Girls for a fourth season.

On the development side, HBO is prepping comedies Ballers, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and The Brink, toplined by Jack Black and Tim Robbins.

While ratings are important for HBO in making renewal decisions, the premium outlet also considers shelf space, awards season recognition, critical reviews, social media buzz as well as if the series makes financial sense for the network. While none of the three shows have broad appeal, HBO's brand is to mix both tentpole (i.e. Game of Thrones) and more narrow-focused fare like Getting On and Looking.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbos-family-tree-hello-ladies-593267
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