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'Doll & Em' review: HBO's latest L.A. meta-comedy

Real-life BFFs Emily Mortimer (Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary) write and star on Doll & Em (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), HBO’s latest L.A. meta-comedy about a movie star (Mortimer) who hires her childhood pal (Wells) as an assistant. (Possible alternate title: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ladies!) But once you clear the velvet rope, it’s apparent that Doll and Em is, at its heart, a portrait of female friendship rather than a Hollywood confidential. 

The comedy — which is partly improvised, but never reaches laugh-out-loud levels of funny — debuts with back-to-back episodes, and good thing, considering the premiere is a bit anemic. After the initial set-up (Doll breaks up with her boyfriend in England, hence the hop across the pond and her new responsibilities fetching coffee and yelling at the GPS), the episode’s main conflict revolves around Doll getting locked out of Em’s house — and who’s responsible for the mix-up. Already we see small fissures in the pair’s relationship, but their petty squabbling isn’t exactly scintillating stuff.  READ FULL STORY

Who said it: A 'Dumb & Dumber' guy -- or a woman on 'The Newsroom'?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Will McAvoy is the smartest, noblest, most principled man in news — nay, the world.

Unfortunately, some people will never see Will that way because he happens to be played by Jeff Daniels — a.k.a. Dumb & Dumber‘s idiotic Harry Dunne, a touchstone for a generation of slack-jawed yokels. (Also because Daniels looks exactly like Dave “Joey Gladstone” Coulier, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Then again, it makes a weird sort of sense that The Newsroom — which returns to TV this Sunday — shares a close connection with a Farrelly brothers classic. Despite their impeccable pedigrees (two Peabody Awards! Two PhDs! A B.A. from whatever clown college Maggie went to!), the ladies of Aaron Sorkin’s latest creation could easily be described as dumb (Sloan), dumber (MacKenzie), and dumbest (Maggie).

To wit: They don’t know how email works. They brag about reading Don Quixote “in the original French.” They think LOL means “lots of love.” They can’t add and subtract without counting on their fingers. They don’t get the difference between Ado Annie and Annie Oakley, a mortal sin in Sorkinland. When you sarcastically note that you’re glad “nobody’s invented a way to digitally store images and upload them onto a free website where anyone can see them,” they earnestly reply, “Has someone invented a way to digitally store images?”

And if you mix a bunch of their quotes with quotes from Dumb & Dumber, it’s actually tough to figure out where each line originated. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:
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