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by Alison Willmore
September 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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HBO Acquires Emily Mortimer's Comedy Series 'Doll & Em,' Directed by Azazel Jacobs

Mischa Richter/Sky Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells

As we wait for official word as to whether or not "The Newsroom" will be back for a third season (star Jeff Daniels' insistence doesn't count), Emily Mortimer, who plays Will McAvoy's producer and much-abused love interest MacKenzie McHale, has found herself another perch at HBO.

The premium network has picked up the U.S. and Canadian rights to "Doll & Em," a six-episode half hour British comedy series starring Mortimer and fellow actress and real life best friend Dolly Wells ("The Mighty Boosh") as fictional versions of themselves. The pair wrote the series with filmmaker Azazel Jacobs ("Terri," "Momma's Man"), who directed the episodes. The series is about a British star (Mortimer) who invites her newly single childhood friend to work as her personal assistant when shooting a film in L.A.

"Doll & Em" was produced by Mortimer's husband Alessandro Nivola ("Devil's Knot," "Junebug") under the couple's new banner King Bee Productions. The series was originally commissioned for Sky Living in the U.K., on which it will air early in 2014. "All of us are very proud to have found the perfect home for 'Doll & Em' at HBO," Nivola said in the announcement. “They have been incredibly supportive and share our enthusiasm for the series. This is our first production under King Bee and we couldn't be more thrilled to begin unrolling the exciting projects we have in the pipeline."


  • Ronnie D. | September 24, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    Uch, Kill me NOW. Emily Mortimer is absolutely dreadful in The Newsroom; she single-handedly destroys that show for viewers.

  • Alex | October 8, 2013 5:01 PM

    Well speak for yourself, I consider myself a viewer of The Newsroom and for me Emily's character is singlehandedly the one I enjoy the most. Also, nobody is forcing you to watch this new series, no need to spew vitriol here and ruin the news for people who actually like her.