‘Dollhouse’ Is Saved!

Fox commits to airing 13 eps of the struggling series

Woot!! Great news for fans of Dollhouse on Fox!! The network has committed to airing all 13 of the already produced eps of the series, which has been struggling in the ratings since its season 2 premiere last month, after considering how well the show is doing in the DVR ratings. Even tho Fox has really only committed to air half of the season, it could very easily have decided to cancel the show altogether and never air the eps that have been filmed and produced. This is great news!! If the show does well in the November sweeps, the second half of the season may be ordered for production!


“Dollhouse” fans can breathe easier: Fox will air all 13 episodes. On the heels of impressive DVR data for last month’s “Dollhouse” premiere, network executives say they will run each produced hour of the show’s current order despite the Friday drama’s modest overall ratings. “We’re going to run all the episodes,” Fox scheduling chief Preston Beckman said. “We’re not saying we’re happy with those numbers, or accept them, but we don’t have to overreact. During [November] sweeps we might have to jack up the numbers a little [with other programming], but we plan on completing the order for this show.” As for ordering additional episodes, or a third season, Fox says they will make that decision after the current run. The news represents a relief to “Dollhouse” fans that the current season won’t be cut short, yet also suggests a full-season order is unlikely. Waiting until all 13 episodes have aired before making a decision generally means allowing production on the show to shut down for the season. Reached by phone, Joss Whedon (who has a terrible-sounding cold — feel better!) said he’s writing the 13th hour to give fans a degree of closure. “We’ll definitely have closure, but will leave some doors open,” said Whedon, who’s currently shooting the eighth episode. “When we got our first numbers, which were bad, the first thing [Fox president of entertainment] Kevin Reilly said was, ‘You’ll have all 13,’ which was great. They’re not going to pull the rug out from under us.” Beckman said DVR results have played a role in the show’s fate, though wasn’t surprised by today’s results. “It’s one of the reasons that we brought it back; we knew it was DVR friendly,” Beckman said. “We expected to see this, and hopefully we’ll see [the overnight ratings] increase from week to week … with some shows, you have to look at the bigger picture.” Beckman also humorously characterized deciding the show’s fate as a bit of no-win situation when it comes to dealing with Whedon’s passionate fans. “If you cancel it, you’re an asshole; if you renew it and then don’t put it back on, you’re an asshole,” he said. “I’m still paying for ‘Terminator.’ ‘Dollhouse’ has a small rabid fan base that in the world of social media seems bigger than it is. We gave them another season knowing full well we were going to burn in hell if we pulled it.”

While this is *good* news, it’s not by any means *great* news. Worst case scenario, we could end up only getting a half season which means the entire series run would be 1 1/2 seasons … not good. But, as long as the show is on the air there is hope that it will do better in the ratings. If Fox were really committed to making the show a success, they would save it from oblivion by pulling it out of Friday night and airing it on a Tuesday night. Or, if they insist on keeping the show on Friday, how about they PROMOTE the show better. Dollhouse is good … but yes, it could be much better. I hope that the powers that be will allow the show to grow … and that Joss Whedon will start bringing eps that will draw in new viewers. He’s been delivering to his faithful fans — now he’s got to take the next step.

Since we now know that Dollhouse will be on the air for a while, we can really look forward to Buffyverse alum Summer Glau‘s debut on the show. As you may recall, we got our first look at Summer on Dollhouse last week — after the jump, check out a few new promo pics from Summer‘s upcoming episode along with a few new promo pics of fellow Buffyverse alum Alexis Densiof on the show as well …


As I mentioned previously, Summer will play a Topher-like genius at a rival Dollhouse … and my guess is she will be a baddie. That little barrette just SCREAMS evil. I can’t wait to see her on the show!! Woot!! If you are at all interested in this show, please watch it … or at the very least DVR it. Please ;)

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  1. Daniel

    I think the network is as usual discounting DVD sales. I find that Whedon-verse DVDs are better watched as a whole, instead of waiting a week for an episode. It makes the big story arc easier to follow. AND Dollhouse’s “extra” episode on the season one DVD is my favorite of the whole season!

  2. mj

    bring on James Marsters that would make it all better!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Magan

    James Marsters on the show would be awesome! I think that if Joss brought other bigger stars to draw in new viewers that would help. FOX promoting it would certainly help. Hey, here’s a novel idea, take it out Friday’s and put in a show that has larger ratings like say House, 24, or even Bones. Anything at this point would help Dollhouse. I think that FOX would want to help this show. It’s different, its though provoking. This show needs to stay around. FOX GET A CLUE!

  4. @ mj and Magan I agree the show needs James!!!!

  5. Jaded

    Why is it that Fox keeps giving Joss a chance and then slamming the thing onto Friday night. I have to admit by 9pm on Friday’s I’m doing something other than watching tv. Not that I don’t watch the show Sat morning while I’m nursing a hangover, but seriously The did the same thing with Firefly and look how that turned out. Great show cut short, made into huge movie, and I still watch the damn thing on Syfy in reruns hoping and praying one day there will be a new episode. Why are all my favorite shows cancelled and crap like American Idol or Dancing With the Stars, or Survivor never seem to end. They killed off Moonlight after one season as well.
    HEY FOX!!! Stop putting fan favorite shows on Friday nights.

  6. vic

    i am so happy to hear this news! :) Can’t wait for more DH and hope to see the story line heat up as the season progresses. I just hope ratings improve and they can complete the season cos we need to see more of the amazing Felicia Day!

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