Doll & Em

Doll & Em is a British episodic television comedy created by and starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells. A six-episode order was commissioned by Sky Living in 2013. The series was directed and co-written by Azazel Jacobs.[1] A 124-minute theatrical cut of the series was shown at the London Film Festival, premiering 10 October 2013.[2] Sky Living premiered Doll & Em on 18 February 2014. The American cable network HBO acquired the series in September 2013, and premiered it on 19 March 2014.[1][3]

On 16 October 2014, Sky Living renewed the show for a second series,[4] which started broadcasting on 3 June 2015 on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Doll & Em
GenreComedy
Created by
Written by
Directed byAzazel Jacobs
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Alessandro Nivola
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)King Bee Productions
Release
Original networkSky Living
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 18, 2014 –
July 8, 2015
External links
Official website

Cast

Plot

The show is about an actress named Em and her best friend Doll as they navigate their friendship once Em hires Doll to be her assistant. It also explores the characters' roles in the entertainment industry. Additionally, the plot concerns the making of Em's new movie.[7]

Episodes

Series 1 (2014)

No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Episode 1"Azazel JacobsEmily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs18 February 2014
2"Episode 2"Azazel JacobsEmily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs25 February 2014
3"Episode 3"Azazel JacobsEmily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs4 March 2014
4"Episode 4"Azazel JacobsEmily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs11 March 2014
5"Episode 5"Azazel JacobsEmily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs18 March 2014
6"Episode 6"Azazel JacobsEmily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs25 March 2014

Series 2 (2015)

No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Episode 7"Azazel JacobsStory by : Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs
Teleplay by : Emily Mortimer & Dolly Wells
3 June 2015
2"Episode 8"Azazel JacobsStory by : Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs
Teleplay by : Emily Mortimer & Dolly Wells
10 June 2015
3"Episode 9"Azazel JacobsStory by : Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs
Teleplay by : Emily Mortimer & Dolly Wells
17 June 2015
4"Episode 10"Azazel JacobsStory by : Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs
Teleplay by : Emily Mortimer & Dolly Wells
24 June 2015
5"Episode 11"Azazel JacobsStory by : Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs
Teleplay by : Emily Mortimer & Dolly Wells
1 July 2015
6"Episode 12"Azazel JacobsStory by : Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells & Azazel Jacobs
Teleplay by : Emily Mortimer & Dolly Wells
8 July 2015

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Comedy Series Doll & Em, Starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, Debuts March19, Exclusively on HBO" (PDF) (Press release). HBO. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. ^ Felperin, Leslie (13 October 2013). "Doll & Em: London Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  3. ^ "HBO Acquires Sky Living's Comedy Series Doll & Em". TVWise. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Critically acclaimed British comedy "Doll & Em" returns for second series". Sky. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  5. ^ Stanley, Alessandra. "Do Friends Let Friends Sign Their Paychecks?". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  6. ^ Cabin, Chris. "Doll & Em". Slant. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  7. ^ Lowry, Brian. "TV Review: 'Doll & Em'". Variety. Retrieved 29 October 2014.

External links

A Doll's House

A Doll's House (Bokmål: Et dukkehjem; also translated as A Doll House) is a three-act play written by Norway's Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month. The play is set in a Norwegian town circa 1879.

The play is significant for the way it deals with the fate of a married woman, who at the time in Norway lacked reasonable opportunities for self-fulfillment in a male-dominated world. It aroused a great sensation at the time, and caused a “storm of outraged controversy” that went beyond the theatre to the world newspapers and society.In 2006, the centennial of Ibsen's death, A Doll's House held the distinction of being the world's most performed play that year. UNESCO has inscribed Ibsen's autographed manuscripts of A Doll's House on the Memory of the World Register in 2001, in recognition of their historical value.The title of the play is most commonly translated as A Doll's House, though some scholars use A Doll House. John Simon says that A Doll’s House is "the British term for what [Americans] call a 'dollhouse'". Egil Törnqvist says of the alternative title: "Rather than being superior to the traditional rendering, it simply sounds more idiomatic to Americans."

American Girl

American Girl is an American line of 18-inch (46 cm) dolls released in 1986 by Pleasant Company. The dolls portray eight- to twelve-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities. They are sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history, but were expanded in 1995 to include characters and stories from contemporary life. Aside from the original American Girl dolls, the buyer also has the option to purchase dolls that look like themselves. The options for the line of Truly Me dolls include eye color, face mold, skin color, hair texture, and hair length. A variety of related clothing and accessories is also available. A service for ordering a bespoke doll with features and clothing specified by the owner, dubbed Create Your Own, has also been introduced in 2017.

Pleasant Company was founded in 1986 by Pleasant Rowland, and its products were originally purchasable by mail order only. In 1998, Pleasant Company became a subsidiary of Mattel. The company has been awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award eight times.

Annabelle (doll)

Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann doll said by Ed and Lorraine Warren to be haunted. The pair describe themselves as paranormal investigators and demonologists. The doll resides in a glass box at The Warrens' Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut. The story served as inspiration for the opening scene of The Conjuring (2013), as well as its spin-offs: Annabelle (2014), Annabelle: Creation (2017), and upcoming Annabelle Comes Home (2019). The doll made a brief appearance in James Wan's Aquaman (2018) and in The Conjuring 2 (2016). Annabelle has been compared to Robert the Doll and was described in Gerald Brittle's 2002 biography of Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Demonologist.According to the Warrens, a student nurse was given the Raggedy Ann doll in 1968. They say the doll behaved strangely, and that a psychic medium told the student that the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a dead girl named "Annabelle". They say the student and her roommate tried to accept and nurture the spirit-possessed doll, but the doll reportedly exhibited malicious and frightening behavior. It was at this point that the Warrens say they were first contacted, and that they removed the doll to their museum after pronouncing it "demonically possessed".Texas State University assistant professor of religious studies Joseph Laycock says most skeptics have dismissed the Warrens' museum as "full of off-the-shelf Halloween junk, dolls and toys, books you could buy at any bookstore". Laycock calls the Annabelle legend an "interesting case study in the relationship between pop culture and paranormal folklore" and speculates that the demonic doll trope popularized by films such as Child's Play, Dolly Dearest, and The Conjuring likely emerged from early legends surrounding Robert the Doll as well as a Twilight Zone episode entitled "Living Doll". Laycock suggests that "the idea of demonically-possessed dolls allows modern demonologists to find supernatural evil in the most banal and domestic of places".Commenting on publicity for the Warrens' occult museum coinciding with the film release of The Conjuring, science writer Sharon A. Hill said that many of the myths and legends surrounding the Warrens have "seemingly been of their own doing" and that many people may have difficulty "separating the Warrens from their Hollywood portrayal". Hill criticized sensational press coverage of the Warrens' occult museum and its Annabelle doll. She said, "Like real-life Ed Warren, real-life Annabelle is actually far less impressive." Of the supernatural claims made about Annabelle by Ed Warren, Hill said, "We have nothing but Ed's word for this, and also for the history and origins of the objects in the museum."

Barbie

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Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parodies of the doll and her lifestyle.

Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the company's largest and most profitable line. However, sales have declined sharply since 2014. The doll transformed the toy business in affluent communities worldwide by becoming a vehicle for the sale of related merchandise (accessories, clothes, friends of Barbie, etc.). She had a significant impact on social values by conveying characteristics of female independence, and with her multitude of accessories, an idealized upscale life-style that can be shared with affluent friends. Starting in 1987, Barbie has expanded into a media franchise, including animated films, television specials, video games, and music.

Cabbage Patch Kids

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The doll brand was one of the most popular toy fads of the 1980s and one of the longest-running doll franchises in the United States. The characters appeared in many other Cabbage Patch merchandising products ranging from animated cartoons to record albums to board games.

Chucky (character)

Charles Lee "Chucky" Ray is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the Child's Play slasher film series. Chucky is portrayed as a notorious serial killer whose spirit inhabits a "Good Guys" doll and continuously tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body. The character has become one of the most recognizable horror icons, often mentioned alongside Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface, Leatherface, Pennywise, Pinhead and Michael Myers, and has been referenced numerous times in popular culture. In 1999, the Chucky character was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for the film Bride of Chucky. He was created by writer-director Don Mancini and is portrayed by Brad Dourif in both live-action and voice-over. For the 2019 remake of the same name, Mark Hamill will provide the voice of Chucky, having previously voiced the Charles Lee Ray version of the character in an episode of Robot Chicken.

Doll

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Doll Man

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Golliwog

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Ken (doll)

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Killer toy

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Matryoshka doll

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The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by wood turning craftsman and wood carver Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders. In the west, Matryoshka dolls are often erroneously referred to as "babushka dolls", babushka meaning "grandmother" or "old woman".

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger (; born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente; June 29, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and television personality. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she initially performed in high school plays, and studied at Wright State University before dropping out to pursue a musical career touring alongside American rock band Days of the New and through Popstars, became part of the short-lived girl group Eden's Crush. Scherzinger rose to fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls and released the albums PCD (2005) and Doll Domination (2008) becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.

Following the group's disbandment, Scherzinger successfully ventured into television winning the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars and becoming a judge on The Sing-Off and on both US and UK versions of The X Factor. Her debut studio album Killer Love (2011) was released to moderate success and was preceded by the number-one single "Don't Hold Your Breath". In 2014, Scherzinger released her second album Big Fat Lie and starred on the West End revival of the musical Cats for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Since then, she shifted her focus back to television, winning I Can Do That (2015), co-hosting Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (2015), appearing as panelist on Bring the Noise (2015), and starring in the television film Dirty Dancing (2017).

Throughout her career, she has sold over 16 million records as a solo artist, and a further 54 million with the Pussycat Dolls. Her other ventures include clothing lines, a fragrance and serves as an ambassador for UNICEF UK and the Special Olympics.

Rag Doll (comics)

Rag Doll is the name of three different supervillains appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Peter Merkel is the villain of the original Flash. The second Rag Doll is an enemy of Starman. The third Rag Doll is the son of the original and a member of the Secret Six.

The Peter Merkel version of Rag Doll appears in The CW television series The Flash portrayed by Troy James and voiced by Phil LaMarr.

Russian Doll (TV series)

Russian Doll is an American comedy-drama web television series, created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, that premiered on February 1, 2019, on Netflix. The series follows a woman who repeatedly dies and relives the same night in an ongoing time loop. It stars Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Satin Doll

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Sex doll

A sex doll (also love doll or blowup doll) is a type of sex toy in the size and shape of a sexual partner for aid in masturbation. The sex doll may consist of an entire body with face, or just a head, pelvis or other partial body, with the accessories (vagina, anus, mouth, penis) for sexual stimulation. The parts are sometimes vibrating and may be removable or interchangeable. Sex dolls exist in many forms, but are distinguished from sex robots, which are anthropomorphic creations designed to be able to exhibit more complex interactions.

Steve Doll

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The Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls were an American girl group and dance ensemble, founded in Los Angeles, California, by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe. After attracting media attention, Antin negotiated a record deal with Interscope Geffen A&M Records in 2003 turning the group into a music franchise comprising Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt. Overseen by Antin, Interscope, and various partners, the group was transformed into a global image and commercial brand. The Pussycat Dolls achieved worldwide success with hit singles "Don't Cha", "Buttons", "Stickwitu", and their first album PCD. However, despite their commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict due to the emphasis on Scherzinger, the group's lead vocalist, and the subordinate treatment of the other members. Bachar's departure from the group preceded the release of their second and final studio album Doll Domination, which contains singles "When I Grow Up", "I Hate This Part", and "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)".

In 2009, they announced a minor hiatus that was later revealed to be an official break-up. The Dolls brand diversified into merchandise, reality television programs, a Las Vegas act, product endorsements, spin-off recording groups (Girlicious, Paradiso Girls, G.R.L.) and other ventures. Billboard ranked the Pussycat Dolls as the 80th most successful musical act of the 2000s. The group has sold 54 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. In 2012, The Pussycat Dolls ranked 100th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music, and as the tenth all-girl group.

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