Friendship and Fame: HBO Comedy Series DOLL & EM Premieres March 19 on HBO Canada

— March 5, 2014

“Some critics are billing [DOLL & EM] as the female CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.” – Melissa Hank, Postmedia News


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TORONTO (March 5, 2014) – HBO Canada presents DOLL & EM, a six-episode comedy series from HBO starring real-life best friends Emily Mortimer (HBO’s THE NEWSROOM) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary), as they portray fictionalized versions of themselves. DOLL & EM premieres Wednesday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, with two half-hour episodes airing back-to-back, followed by two episodes on both of the subsequent Wednesdays, March 26 and April 2, on HBO Canada. DOLL & EM airs day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

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Written by and starring real-life best friends Mortimer and Wells, DOLL & EM is a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. The series delivers a bittersweet, intimate portrait of female friendship, as their relationship endures unexpected complications and surprising twists. The behind-the-scenes comedy sheds light on Hollywood’s inner circle and showcases the daily absurdities of celebrity. DOLL & EM includes cameo appearances from Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Susan Sarandon (Cloud Atlas), John Cusack (Lee Daniel’s The Butler), Chloë Sevigny (THOSE WHO KILL), and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Trilogy).


Emily Mortimer is well-known for her role as MacKenzie McHale in Aaron Sorkin’s Emmy® Award-winning HBO series THE NEWSROOM. Mortimer’s other big-screen and television credits include: Hugo, Shutter Island, Lovely & Amazing, and 30 ROCK. Dolly Wells appeared in HBO’s THE GATHERING STORM; other roles include SPY, Bridget Jones’s Diary, CAMPUS, STAR STORIES, and Franklyn.


DOLL & EM is produced by King Bee Productions, Emily Mortimer, and Alessandro Nivola’s production company. Executive produced by Andrew Eaton (THE TRIP) and Lucy Lumsden (MOONE BOY), BSKYB's head of comedy. Produced by Alessandro Nivola, Stacia Peters (THE NEWSROOM) and Kevin Comer (Expecting) serve as co-producers. The series is directed by Azazel Jacobs (Terri) and written by Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells, and Azazel Jacobs. DOLL & EM is an original production from U.K. broadcaster BSKYB.

In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO, HBO Canada OnDemand.

In Western Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD and On Demand, via mobile and online with participating service providers. 

About HBO Canada

HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

About Movie Central

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at


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For more information:

For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)

Sarah Goddard, 416.384.2056 or

Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or

For Movie Central (Western Canada):

Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or




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