Whedon Says ‘Dollhouse’ Isn’t Canceled
April 16, 2009 1:21 PM
The “Dollhouse” is not closing up shop just yet.
Creator Joss Whedon was optimistic about “Dollhouse’s” chances for renewal at a Paley Festival panel for the show on Wednesday evening.
“The show is not canceled,” Mr. Whedon said. He pointed out that while the show’s ratings are soft, its key demographic and DVR numbers are great. He also noted the show will have a new lead-in soon in the form of “Prison Break.”
And when asked how many secrets we’ll learn in the season finale, Mr. Whedon said, “We have a lot of questions left to answer. We get the feeling we might have the chance to answer them.”
“Dollhouse’s” journey to the screen has been “the stuff of legend, but it was not legendary while it happened,” Mr. Whedon said.
The original pilot was scrapped and cannibalized across the show’s 13 episodes. Eliza Dushku, the show’s star and executive producer, said, “It’s fun to watch the show because we chopped it up and filmed it out of order. And with that added producer credit, I’m really invested in it.”
Still, every move by Fox relating to “Dollhouse” has been scrutinized by Mr. Whedon’s very loyal and vocal fans, especially last week’s reveal that Fox will not air the show’s 13th episode. The episode, which was written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, was produced for the studio for DVD and foreign sales, but Mr. Whedon hopes it will still air.
“I've been sitting down with [Fox] saying I just want this to air as part of the season. I'm really proud of it. It's unbelievably strange,” Mr. Whedon said. “Fox is taking a look at it. The jury is still out.”
However, Mr. Whedon noted that “Omega,” the 12th episode, written by Tim Minear, does work as a season finale.
Despite the ups and downs, Mr. Whedon was positive about the state of television when answering a question about why he doesn’t just put his shows online for download.
“We're not there, but we’re approaching an era where something like that is possible. A lot of us are sniffing around that very paradigm,” Mr. Whedon replied. “TV Internet is very grassroots. TV exists on a level where you can tell epic stories. I look at what TV is now, still. To work on this scale is a privilege.”