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Written by Mortimer ("The Newsroom"), her best friend, actress Dolly Wells, and Azazel Jacobs (who also directs) "Doll & Em" imagines a world in which Em, a rich and famous actress, invites her heartbroken and distraught best friend, played by Wells, to leave London for Los Angeles, where she can work as Em's personal assistant.
Which, as anyone who has ever hired a friend to do just about anything will tell you, is not such a great idea.
There is, of course, the obligatory send-up of Los Angeles, tricked out here with appearances by the likes of Susan Sarandon, Bradley Cooper, Chloe Sevigny and John Cusack. But the focus is smartly, and at times hilariously, kept on the friendship and the revelation a working relationship can bring. Doll is surprised by Em's passive/aggressive sense of entitlement and vice versa (an early scene involving the serving of ice cream is priceless.)
Although much of the action here is particular to the Hollywood life--"Episodes" meets "All About Eve"--many of the moments transcend Industry trappings. The bonds we form in childhood may be strong but they are based on earlier versions of ourselves. Watching as Em and Doll resume old habits, including and especially personal, competitiveness reminds us why some long-term friendships fare best long-distance. Not that the real Emily Mortimer could ever be anything like this. HBO, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
"Episodes": As one Hollywood send-up begins, another ends; This Sunday is the season finale of Showtime's "Episodes." For three years, British couple/writing team Beverly (Tamsin Greig) and Sean (Stephen Mangan) have struggled to make the American version of their boarding-school-centric show, "Lyman's Boys," which is almost immediately changed to a low-brow comedy called "Pucks" starring Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc) as a dense hockey coach.
Now with "Pucks" finally coming to an end, the three must decide what their next steps will be--Showtime has, fortunately, renewed "Episodes" for a fourth season. It's silly and soapy and only occasionally scathing but the four leads (Kathleen Rose Perkins often steals the show as TV executive Carol Rance) are terrific, and there's something oddly endearing about a television show about making a television show. Showtime, Sunday, 10:30 p.m.
An earlier version of this story neglected to mention Azazel Jacobs as a co-writer of "Doll and Em."
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