After a lonely time in his hometown and with zero romantic prospects on the horizon, web designer Stuart Pritchard has ditched the gray skies of England for sunny Los Angeles, a place full of excitement, possibility, and beautiful people. While it’s admirable to see someone take their destiny into their own hands and actively try to improve their life from its current state, Stuart might be running into a bit of trouble with his decision to move to a different country and hop across many a time zone in the process. The reason that he’s not had much success in the romance department isn’t that he’s patently unlovable or a complete waste of time for a woman who takes an interest in him – it’s that he’s obsessed with infiltrating this world of glamour and vanity, thinking that he belongs there when no one wants to crack the door open to let him in.
On the series premiere of Hello Ladies, Stuart meets Courtney, an aspiring actress who he catches rehearsing lines with his tenant Jessica, a fellow actress who has been struggling to break into the industry. Being that she’s very attractive and has a connection to a world he so desperately wants to be a part of, he ends up getting on the list at a nightclub she mentions going to, thinking that even if he can’t impress her on their night out, he could still meet someone else who carries the qualities he wants in a woman. However, the trip to the club turns out to be less exciting than he anticipated; rather than velvet ropes and talk of movie sets, he, along with his recently divorced friend Wade, try to pick up two woman who obviously have no interest in them. Stuart is at a point in his life where he’s aching to make a connection with anyone, but he won’t let himself “settle” for less than he thinks he deserves. Will he ever wise up and learn that glamour and status isn’t proper foundation for a lasting relationship?
The series premiere of Hello Ladies airs this Sunday at 10:30 on HBO. You can check out a trailer for the series here.
Will you be watching Hello Ladies? Does the show look like something that will pair well with Eastbound & Down? Just how much cringe humor are you expecting from Merchant?