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HBO Picks Up Comedy From 'The Newsroom's Emily Mortimer

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Looks like HBO is furthering its relationship with 'Newsroom' co-star, Emily Mortimer. According to IndieWire.com, the network has picked up the U.S. and Canadian rights to 'Doll & Em,' a six-episode half-hour British comedy series starring Mortimer, alongside fellow actress and real life best friend Dolly Wells.

The series, which is produced by Mortimer's husband, actor Alessandro Nivola, is about a British actress (Mortimer) who invites her newly single childhood friend (Wells) to work as her personal assistant when shooting a film in L.A. It's not surprising that the premium net would dig this show -- it's basically a British version of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' for chicks.

So what does Mortimer's new gig at HBO mean for the future of 'The Newsroom'? Well, we're still waiting to hear whether the love-it-or-hate-it drama will be picked up for a third season. And despite Jeff Daniels' recent - albeit, polarizing - win at this year's Emmys, its likelihood isn't exactly certain. HBO is known to renew its hits fairly quickly, so the fact that its popular newsroom drama hasn't automatically gotten the green light is curious. As of three weeks ago, HBO said, "We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with Aaron about schedules.”

Three weeks, and still no renewal? Even with a Best Actor Emmy in tow? Me thinks that Mortimer is making the best decision by lining up her ducks.

'The Newsroom' airs Sundays on HBO.

- Emily Mortimer
- The Newsroom (2012)

Written by: briannehogan
Sep 25th, 2013, 1:03 pm

Images courtesy of HBO

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