Dollhouse Canceled; What’s Next for Joss?

FOX has just announced that the Joss Whedon series Dollhouse has gotten the mid-season axe. Though the show has received mixed reviews, it has a pretty devoted fan following, and I was rather fond of it myself. The real tragedy is that it was just getting good – or rather, it started getting really good the last few episodes of last season, and despite some hit-or-miss episodes so far in the new season, seemed to be hitting a stride. However, this isn’t really a new phenomenon when it comes to Whedon’s projects; he’s been called a notoriously slow starter. Most Buffy fans would agree that the show didn’t really start to pick up until Season 2, and then of course there’s the ill-fated Firefly that wasn’t able to hit its peak fast enough to save it from FOX’s ax (at least Dollhouse made it past the first season!).

For fans, the good news is that it will air the thirteen Dollhouse episodes that have already been ordered. Additionally, if you haven’t seen last season’s thirteenth episode that didn’t air, you can find it on the DVD. Interestingly, it would have served as a great series finale as it jumps years into the future for the show’s characters. Also, it guest-starred Felicia Day.

So with no more Dollhouse, what’s next for Whedon? One upcoming project we know about is The Cabin in the Woods, a horror film he co-wrote with the screenwriter of Cloverfield. And like most of his projects, the cast features some of Whedon’s frequent fliers: Amy Acker and Fran Kranz (who were both in Dollhouse) and Buffy’s Tom Lenk. In the immediate future, he’ll be directing an upcoming episode of Glee.

Fans may also remember rumors of a Buffy spin-off based on the character of Rupert Giles. The previous word on Ripper was that it was being developed as a mini-series for BBC, but was stalled because both Whedon and Anthony Stewart Head were tied up with other projects. So perhaps now it will get pushed a little further up in the queue…

And for those of you who were watching Dollhouse because of Eliza Dushku… not sure what’s on the horizon for her, though her wikipedia page lists a couple of upcoming small films. Of course, if you just want to hear her voice, you can pick up the PS3 and Xbox 360 game Wet – or wait for the animated Noah’s Ark.

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22 Responses to Dollhouse Canceled; What’s Next for Joss?

    • i know right? i thik this is the best series by far since prison break ended. people dnt jsr dnt have an imagination when it comes to things like this. im sure pimp the dolls, thats wht makes it more interesting cause you never know whats at stake, is the client a bastard, perv, senator or some lonely dude, notto just lay it out on you males.lol im jst saying that it could happen and no i dnt watch a lot of tv, why not have a series that can guide you thru a sitution like that. sometimes these shows come in handy you know.

    • i know right? i thik this is the best series by far since prison break ended. people dnt jsr dnt have an imagination when it comes to things like this. im sure pimp the dolls, thats wht makes it more interesting cause you never know whats at stake, is the client a bastard, perv, senator or some lonely dude, notto just lay it out on you males.lol im jst saying that it could happen and no i dnt watch a lot of tv, why not have a series that can guide you thru a sitution like that. sometimes these shows come in handy you know.

  1. Gotta admit, I stopped watching it after the first season. I gave it a chance and was kind of disappointed. It wasnt bad, but wasnt necessarily that good either. It was supposed to be edgy and thought provoking but seemed to turn into “How can we dress Echo (Eliza Dushku) up like any number of typical male fantasies this week?”

    • (Ripping off 40 Year Old Virgin)
      Know how I know you’re gay?
      You typed the last sentence of your comment and meant it.

      Watching a show for the appeal of an actress is hardly new. I’d suspect it’s what kept Charlie’s Angels on TV for all those years. Yes, it was a TV show before they made two crap-tastic movies out of it.

      I watched the show at the very beginning, because I like Whedon. I did start to waffle a bit in the middle of the first season. Then I remembered that he does tend to start slow and came back a little before season 1 finale. It’s been enthralling ever since, and I’m vastly disappointed AGAIN in Fox for canceling another of his shows.
      I’d consider boycotting Fox, but Rupert Murdoch would buy my company and fire me if I said that’s what I was doing. That guy’s more evil than Bob Barker is in the eyes of the pet community.

  2. Gotta admit, I stopped watching it after the first season. I gave it a chance and was kind of disappointed. It wasnt bad, but wasnt necessarily that good either. It was supposed to be edgy and thought provoking but seemed to turn into "How can we dress Echo (Eliza Dushku) up like any number of typical male fantasies this week?"

    • (Ripping off 40 Year Old Virgin)

      Know how I know you're gay?

      You typed the last sentence of your comment and meant it.

      Watching a show for the appeal of an actress is hardly new. I'd suspect it's what kept Charlie's Angels on TV for all those years. Yes, it was a TV show before they made two crap-tastic movies out of it.

      I watched the show at the very beginning, because I like Whedon. I did start to waffle a bit in the middle of the first season. Then I remembered that he does tend to start slow and came back a little before season 1 finale. It's been enthralling ever since, and I'm vastly disappointed AGAIN in Fox for canceling another of his shows.

      I'd consider boycotting Fox, but Rupert Murdoch would buy my company and fire me if I said that's what I was doing. That guy's more evil than Bob Barker is in the eyes of the pet community.

  3. are you serious??? dang this was one show that i looked forward in watching when it came on,and now yah wanna take it off??? at least fight for it. i know i would but i dnt know where to start. c’mon now its suppose to suck in the begining and than stirr it up towards the middle, thats how al the other series are.i mean you gotta lotta tv shows dat are out there that are not up to par and its still playing. y not keep this one? i say keep it going…

  4. are you serious??? dang this was one show that i looked forward in watching when it came on,and now yah wanna take it off??? at least fight for it. i know i would but i dnt know where to start. c'mon now its suppose to suck in the begining and than stirr it up towards the middle, thats how al the other series are.i mean you gotta lotta tv shows dat are out there that are not up to par and its still playing. y not keep this one? i say keep it going…