No, not that 'The Office,' but close! Instead, the original 'The Office' co-creator Stephen Merchant is getting into business with HBO once more, working on a series order for 'Hello Ladies,' to be written, directed and headlined by Merchant himself. Picked up for a full eight episodes, the comedy also boasts former 'The Office' writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, but what story does the new series tell? Might it have any connectivity with Merchant's other HBO work?

According to Deadline, HBO has renewed its relationship with 'The Office' funnyman Stephen Merchant, offering up an eight-episode committment to Merchant's new series 'Hello Ladies.' Written, directed by and starring Merchant, the series follows the 6'7" Merchant as an Englishman living in Los Angeles in search of the woman of his dreams. Not quite as charming as he believes himself to be, the character maintains an obsession with infiltrating the world of beautiful people, only to be denied by its exclusivity.

Merchant is frequently recognized for his collaboration with UK funnyman Ricky Gervais, having co-created the original 'Office' together, and most recently paired on HBO with 'Life's Too Short' and 'Extras.' Gervais himself isn't expected to have any immediate involvement with the new series.

What say you? Do you think HBO has another hit Stephen Merchant comedy on its hands, or should we say our goodbyes to 'Hello Ladies'?

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