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Fox Not Airing Dollhouse’s 13th Episode

Yes it’s true, Dollhouse will only run 12 episodes.  Alicia Day, who had a part in the 13th episode of Joss Whedon’s Fox series Dollhouse, twittered the following note on her Twitter account:

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. :(

That led to Whedon himself posting this on his Twitter account:

“It’s true. Dollhouse ep 13 isn’t going to air. This makes @feliciaday sad. How do you feel? Why don’t share those feelings with FOX?”

So what’s going on?  According to THR Fox insists they haven’t canceled the show, just that they have decided against airing the final episode because they believe that they’ve already filled the 13-episode order due to Whedon having to shoot two pilots (thus 12 episode + 1 extra pilot= 13 episodes).

Producer Tim Minear has also weighed in on the developments, and offers some good news, telling Whedonesque that the episode will definitely be on the DVD, as well as confirming Fox’s stance:

“Okay. So maybe I can help clarify this somewhat. Because we scrapped the original pilot — and in fact cannibalized some of its parts for other eps — we really ended up with 12 episodes. But the studio makes DVD and other deals based on the original 13 number. So we created a standalone kind of coda episode. Which is the mythical new episode 13. The network had already paid for 13 episodes, and this included the one they agreed to let us scrap for parts. It does not include the one we made to bring the number back up to 13 for the studio side and its obligations. We always knew it would be for the DVD for sure, but we also think Fox should air it because it’s awesome.”