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HBO Picks Up Comedy From ‘Newsroom’ Star Emily Mortimer

Show is based on Mortimer's friendship with actress Dolly Wells

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HBO’s relationship with “The Newsroom’s” Emily Mortimer is being strengthened as the pay TV company picks up Mortimer’s comedyDoll & Em.”

The six-episode halfhour series, from King Bee Prods., stars Mortimer and fellow Brit actress Dolly Wells as fictional versions of themselves. Show is a portrait of a female friendship that centers on a British Hollywood star who hires her childhood friend to be her personal assistant.

Mortimer and Wells co-wrote “Doll & Em” with the series’ director Azazel Jacobs. Andrew Eaton of Revolution Films and Lucy Lumsden exec produce.

Sky Broadcasting has the U.K. rights to “Doll & Em,” and the show will be shopped to other territories in October at MIPCOM.