Dollhouse, the upcoming Fox drama from Joss Whedon is getting a new pilot. Whedon explains the situation in a post over at Whedonesque.com, saying that the original pilot “…didn’t bring the visceral pop the network had expected from the script. The network was cool about it, but not sure how to come out of the gate with the ep.”
I really hope things don’t turn out bad for Dollhouse. After all, Firefly had a different premiere episode than what was originally intended to be shown, and that didn’t turn out so well. However, Joss explains that in this case, the decision to do a new pilot was all his:
Joss: Well, the idea to do a new first episode wasn’t the network’s. It was mine. I understood their consternation, and saw the gap between my style and their expectations, and I suggested I shoot a new ep and make the one I’d shot the second. It isn’t going to be buried, like the pilot of Firefly. It’s simply coming after another, slightly cleaner ep. And because unlike Firefly, it isn’t a two hour epic which introduces everyone to each other, the onus isn’t on the new ep to explain a million things.
The original pilot will now air in week two.
Dollhouse has been given a mid-season launch and will premiere in January 2009 and air Mondays on Fox.