Fox officially renews Dollhouse!

May 16, 2009
What happened toyou Whedon? I thought you were cool.

Killer

Good ol’ Variety just reported that, beyond all logic but to my immense surprise, that Fox has decided to give Dollhouse a second 13-episode run. Despite the show’s ratings decline each week (with the finale ending on the series’ lowest note) and cutting an entire episode from airing, Fox saw something it wanted to save. It may just be a courtesy second season for Joss Whedon, I don’t care. I’m just excited by the fact that the show somehow beat all the odds.

Unfortunately, it’s still slated for a Friday timeslot, so it isn’t exactly going to be growing. You can tell this is an expensive show to make, so I don’t get why it’s being kept on the Friday night death slot where unless you’re ghost whisperering or a reality show, you’re almost guaranteed to lose money. This would work awesome as a lead in or lead out for 24, like Fox had originally planned for the show before deciding to have a themed Friday night with Terminator.

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Failed Television Series 2008-09 Edition

April 17, 2009
What happened toyou Whedon? I thought you were cool.

What happened to you Whedon? I thought you were cool.

Well, another network television cycle is slowly winding down and instead of talking about the shows that succeeded, here are the shows that either failed to entertain me or simply failed, canceled-wise.

These opinions are mine and are irrefutable.

Dollhouse – Likely to be cancelled.

Joss Whedon and Fox’s new baby, successfully delivered after having aborted Firefly, came into being with a whole lotta bad press. Things like reshooting the pilot and executive tampering, etc. Still, even with all of that, I was confident Joss could pull it off. After all, half cocked Joss is still better than most everything else on TV.

So why did this show start off so terribly? The ‘new’ pilot was monotonous, dreary and, most sinfully, boring as all hell. There were no ‘Joss’ characters. No one was likable and it’s hard to relate to the ‘Dolls’ seeing that they’re empty shells and what not. Things only got worse from there, with episodes of Echo, Eliza Dushku, being a back up pop singer, a blind girl infiltrating a cult, etc. This is all unfortunate because at the episode six mark, “Man on the Street”, the series finally found its humour, its drama and its kickass action.

Too bad by that point the show had become a ratings sinkhole that it never got out of. Hell, Fox even cancelled the planned airing of the show’s 13th episode, which is as it stands right now the likely series finale.

More obituaries (FYI – this is a long article) after the break.

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