Now that she’s in the hands of the mentors of “Breaking Bad” and “House,” Aubrey Dollar understandably feels good about her latest series.
Known to daytime viewers from her run as Marina Cooper on “Guiding Light,” the former co-star of “Point Pleasant” and “Women’s Murder Club” returns to primetime — and to CBS — in the seriocomic “Battle Creek,” the teaming of executive producers Vince Gilligan and David Shore that premieres Sunday (March 1).
Dollar plays Holly, the office manager of the title Michigan city’s police department, where she quickly becomes enamored of an FBI agent (Josh Duhamel, “Las Vegas”) who sets up shop there. His polished presence frustrates a rougher-edged local detective (Dean Winters, “Oz”), and Holly struggles to balance her loyalties between the two as they work cases together.
“It felt like kind of an ensemble show to us when we were doing it,” Dollar tells Zap2it of the series that also features Janet McTeer (“The Honourable Woman”) and “House” alum Kal Penn. “I think even though the focus is on Dean and Josh, we spent a lot of time on that set together in the police station and I think by the end of the pilot, it felt like we were sort of a team. We all have a, nice, natural, familial way of interacting with each other.”
In her stints as a series regular, Dollar’s characters typically have an offbeat sense of humor, and “Battle Creek’s” Holly fits that pattern.
“I think my intention is to honor what’s there, which happens to be that,” the actress confirms. “It didn’t feel boring to me at all, because there’s so much to mine and navigate. It’s never that, ‘Why am I just standing here having a line in this scene?’ There’s a reason you’re there, and there was actual thought put into all of it. I think that’s just the nature of this show.”