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Day’s Tweet Sets Off Flurry of ‘Dollhouse’ Speculation

April 9, 2009 2:03 PM

Twitter sparked the Joss Whedon fan base into a furor Thursday as actress Felicia Day mentioned, via the text messaging service, that episode 13 of “Dollhouse” was being scrapped by Fox.

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“Man, day getting worse and worse. Found out my Dollhouse ep. #13 isn’t gonna air. Only on DVD. Such a great part too. Thx Fox. :(,” she said via Twitter.

The season finale, “Omega,” was announced by Fox Wednesday as the first season finale of the in-limbo show, scheduled to air May 8.

According to Fox, “Dollhouse’s” season order stands at 13, with “Omega” always set to be the season finale. Counting “Omega,” Fox will have aired only 12 episodes of “Dollhouse.”

But technically, there are 14 episodes of “Dollhouse” banked.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger’s Alan Sepinwall reported that two separate episodes are hanging in limbo right now: the mysterious 13th episode to which Ms. Day is referring and the unaired pilot that is counted as episode one in Fox’s series order.

This raises several questions, including: How does this final unaired episode connect to the current season?

Twentieth Century Fox Television refused to comment on this story. But Mr. Sepinwall said Ms. Day’s episode, “Epitaph One,” is unrelated to “Omega.”

Also curious is how this episode was placed into production. Did 20th Century Fox Television set out to produce this episode with no intention of airing it on Fox?

There’s no question that fans will get to see this episode, whether by DVD, as Ms. Day suggests, or online. But it still remains to be seen when or how it’ll happen.

Update: "Dollhouse" consulting producer Tim Minear posted on Whedon fan site Whedonesque.com that the confusion over the amount of episodes lies in what is owed to each arm of Fox. Fox, the network, ordered and paid for 13 episodes, including the unaired pilot, he said. However, some material was stripped from the unaired pilot and fed into other episodes.

The studio is owed 13 original episodes for DVDs and other deals, pushing this "stand-alone kind of coda episode" into production, Mr. Minear said. "We always knew it would be for the DVD for sure, but we also think Fox should air it because it’s awesome," he wrote.

—Andrew Krukowski and Vlada Gelman

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