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'Doll & Em's' Emily Mortimer: The actor-assistant relationship is rife with cringeworthy comedy

HBO is launching a new half-hour comedy series Wednesday (March 19) called "Doll & Em," which is a fictionalized look at the real-life friendship between stars and creators Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer. The comedy follows Mortimer, star of HBO drama "The Newsroom," playing an outrageous version of herself, who hires a down-on-her-luck Wells as her new personal assistant. Naturally, a life-long friendship turned into an employee-employer relationship is rife with uncomfortable comedy, which Mortimer tells Zap2it was the aim."We had this idea about an assistant and being curious about that relationship, the relationship that people have with their assistants, which is very -- there's room for massive amounts of confusion, there's a lot of gray area and overlapping a bit of business and private lives, and how difficult that can be, even when they're not each other's oldest childhood friend," says Mortimer. "We imagined putting a friendship like ours in that kind of jeopardy,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/doll-ems-emily-mortimer-the-actor-assistant-relationship-is-rife-with-cringeworthy-comedy.html