Question: I was wondering if you could provide me a realistic outlook on the chance that Dollhouse will be renewed for another season. I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan, but not a blind one. I realize the flaws with the show, especially early in its run. If it had continued that way, I wouldn't even be writing to get your opinion; I'd gladly bid it adieu. But the last few episodes were very strong with good indications of where this show will go. Perhaps this isn't the best way to go about watching TV, but I'm hanging in there because of the show I think it will be, rather than the show it is now. Being such a fan of Whedon's work, I know that his major strengths are long-term storytelling (no one can shock me the way Whedon can; he never takes the predictable route) and character development. Honestly, if I'm introducing a friend to Buffy, I start them at the second season. Angel didn't really find itself until the second season, either. However, both shows went on to become programs that rank among the best television has produced. That Dollhouse has improved so radically so quickly bodes well in my eyes. I've read websites saying it's over, forget about it, and others saying it's being considered for renewal. Those purporting renewal cite Whedon's fan base, known for their DVD-buying prowess (guilty as charged), a stable audience that isn't gaining, but also isn't lessening as weeks go by, improving reviews among critics, and the cheapness of production. Plus, apparently the PVR numbers are very good, which may not translate into ad space, but would contribute to DVD sales. Of course on the flip side is an economic crisis and pitiful ratings. I'm trying not to be naive about this, looking for the last-minute savior the way I was when Angel, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Deadwood, etc. were canceled.—Katelyn
Matt Roush: I’m going to stay cautiously optimistic on this front for now, but honestly, there’s no way of knowing until Fox lays out its schedule in mid-May. There are arguments for and against renewing a show this out of the box, and the bar at Fox is obviously higher—maybe even on Fridays—than it was at the old WB, which nurtured Buffy and Angel in their early years. There also seems to be a split among critics as to whether Dollhouse has the chops of Joss’s early shows to develop into a classic. I know I’d like to see it try. I’ll take the show’s temperature this week now that I’m stepping in to moderate a panel on Dollhouse at the Paley Fest in Los Angeles on Wednesday (the night before, I’ll be celebrating the Internet success of his musical marvel Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog).
AKS skrev:Inte så att det behövs mer.
Tob skrev:Ingen som har koll på vad Prison Break låg på nivå när det gick på måndagar i höstas?
Dollhouse - 2.99 million, 1.2 demo
A full show table will be delayed, but James Hibberd reports that Dollhouse sunk yet again, this time to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, with 3.1 million viewers.
I still haven’t seen the overnight report, but James Hibberd reports Dollhouse was seen by 2.8 million viewers and earned a 1.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. Looks like “Gossi” in the comments called it right!
Is it curtains for Dollhouse as well? We should find out in about a week if not sooner (Fox’s upfront is May 18). A renewal would be a giant leap of faith on Fox’s part that this provocative but wildly uneven show has room to grow beyond the mild (if vocal) cult that attends anything Joss Whedon creates. I tended to run hot and cold on this show during its 12-episode run, intrigued by the implications of the soul-sucking technology and the tonal shifts from episode to episode but less convinced than usual by the viability of the premise and, more to the point, less compelled by the human mysteries at the story’s core. Still, if this Dollhouse is the arena Whedon chooses to play in until his Next Big Thing, I hope he gets another chance to refine it. (At the very least, I hope we get to see the so-far-unscheduled “Epitaph One” 13th episode, directed by Whedon, which goes way outside the box to imagine the apocalyptic implications of what the Dollhouse has wrought.)
AKS skrev:(At the very least, I hope we get to see the so-far-unscheduled “Epitaph One” 13th episode, directed by Whedon, which goes way outside the box to imagine the apocalyptic implications of what the Dollhouse has wrought.)
Well, no one's officially confirming anything, and this is all still entirely in the theoretical dreamy dream stage, but reliable sources tell us exclusively that spinning off "Epitaph One" into a new series is "not exactly outside the realm of Joss’ master plan." So even if Dollhouse proper doesn't get a pickup for season two, there might still be an alternate Dollverse for us to play in. What do you think of that?!
Sources say Dollhouse fans shouldn't lose hope; that despite the show's recent ratings, the show is still alive. Whedon pitched the network on his vision for season two late last week. Discussions have commenced between Fox and the studio about how to make the show work financially.
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