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New Fox Terminator/Dollhouse Promo February 4, 2009 6:54 pm

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While we’re all well aware of the uphill battle Fox is facing in terms of finding success from their upcoming Friday night Terminator/Dollhouse lineup, this new promo at least proves they’re trying.  I’d say they did a good job with this new Grindhouse-like promo for the two shows (premiering Friday, February 13th).  Watch the promo below, and lets hope the shows do well in the ratings.

New Dollhouse Video December 26, 2008 11:39 pm

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Entertainment Weekly has a two-minute clip from the February 13, 2009 series premiere of Fox’s Dollhouse, from creator Joss Whedon.  Watch it below.

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Dollhouse Pushed to February, Will Air on Friday Nights with ‘Terminator’ November 11, 2008 2:17 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Dollhouse, Fox, News, Television, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
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dollhouse-102708Fox’s updated schedule has bad news for Joss Whedon fans.  The network has pushed back the debut of Whedon’s new series Dollhouse from January to Friday, February 13, 2009.  The one-month delay is obviously concerning, but the move to Friday nights into the “time slot of death” is even more so.  The network also isn’t giving the show much help in terms of a lead-in, deciding to move the struggling Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to Friday nights at 8pm.

Production delays are also still an issue, with the LA Times reporting that production on the show’s seventh episode may have to be delayed due to issues with the script.

Meanwhile, Fox is showing more confidence with Fringe, deciding to give the show a boost from American Idol, which will lead into it.

Sources: Fox and LA Times

New Dollhouse Video November 11, 2008 2:14 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, Dollhouse, Fox, News, Television.
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Fox has released a new video for the upcoming Joss Whedon drama Dollhouse.  Check it out below.  Dollhouse is expected to air on Fox sometime in early 2009.

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Whedon Talks “Dollhouse” October 27, 2008 12:01 pm

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It’s been quite some time since Joss Whedon updated fans on the status of the upcoming Fox show, Dollhouse, but that’s just what he did yesterday in a post over at Whedonesque.  Whedon discusses various aspects of the show, including the shut down of production and some other behind-the-scenes tidbits.  Here are some highlights from the post:

Yes, we’ve had to make adjustments. Yes, it’s been hard and I’ve been depressing to be around for awhile. Basically, the Network and I had different ideas about what the tone of the show would be. They bought something somewhat different than what I was selling them, which is not that uncommon in this business. Their desires were not surprising: up the stakes, make the episodes more stand-alone, stop talking about relationships and cut to the chase. Oh, and add a chase. That you can cut to. Nothing I hadn’t heard before on my other shows (apparently my learning curve has no bendy part) but frustrating as hell given our circumstances – a pilot shot, scripts written, everybody marching together/gainfully employed… and then a shutdown. Glad I was for the breathing room, but it’s hardly auspicious. So back into the writer cave I went, wondering why I put up with this when I can make literally dozens of dollars making internet movies.

As for what’s been changed, well, some things I obviously can’t tell you. Some I can, for the record: The original pilot was in fact thrown out. Again, at my behest. Once it became clear what paradigm the Network was shooting for, it just didn’t fit at all, even after I’d reshot more than half of it (see above re: despair). To get a sense of how completely turned around I was during this process, you should know there was a scene with Eliza and the astonishing Ashley Johnson that I wrote and shot completely differently three different times, with different characters in different places (actually I wrote it closer to eight times), and none of it will ever see air. Which is as it should be (though I’m determined to get Ms. Johnson back in the future). The scene just didn’t belong anymore. Similarly, the character of November has fallen out of the mix, because the show simply moves too fast now for me to do what I wanted with her. Season three, anyone…? Happily, Miracle Laurie is still with us in a new role, playing against (and pining for) Tahmoh’s character, Paul Ballard. Their chemistry is deeply nifty. The only other major cast shift is that the Dollhouse head of security, Laurence Dominic (played by Reed Diamond), who was written just for the now-defunct first ep, has stuck like fly-paper, and Reed is very much in the family for the present. (Most of my problems seem to involve my actors making themselves indispensable. This is the good problem kind.)

Click here to read the rest of the post.  Dollhouse is still scheduled to air on Fox this January.

Source: Whedonesque

Amy Acker Downplays “Dollhouse” Production Issues October 26, 2008 11:25 pm

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Amy Acker, co-star of Joss Whedon’s upcoming Fox series Dollhouse, told SCI FI Wire that all the publicity surrounding the recent production shut down was blown out of proportion:

“You know, we did take a little break,” Acker said in an interview earlier this month. “And I feel like it’s coming back, and everyone is just excited to be there. The first show that came back was a Steve DeKnight show; he was directing it, and it’s just really, really great. I think we just kind of had that time, because it doesn’t air until January.”

“Instead of rushing to make episodes, they thought, ‘Well, we’ve already made four, and they’re all going to be done before the first one airs,’” Acker said. “So we have the luxury to take the time and make them the way they want them.”

Source: SCI FI Wire

Comic-Con 2008: Fox’s “Dollhouse” Panel July 27, 2008 6:23 pm

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At the panel for Fox’s Dollhouse, Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett were in attendance. Here are some highlights courtesy TV Squad and ComingSoon.net:

  • Joss moderated the panel.
  • It was revealed that Paul Smith (Tahmoh Penikett) will have a difficult time tracking down Echo (Dushku) in the show, as every time he gets closer, she’s someonen else.
  • Joss was asked about what he thought about Save our Show campaigns already being started before the series has even aired: Joss said that while he appreciated the fandom, he was afraid of the message it might send to the general public, and he didn’t want Dollhouse to be perceived as a show that is already in trouble and appeals only to a niche audience.
  • Eliza says she’s thrilled to be working with Joss again and called him her “career brazier”.
  • Joss said he likes to think of Dollhouse as having the feel of the movie Collaterai in the way the city is protrayed.
  • Asked about the re-vamped pilot, Joss said reaffirmed that it was his idea and that it will give the “real” first episode more resonance.  He said there’s no reason to worry and that another fiasco like Firefly (where episodes were broadcast out of order) is not going to happen.
  • The new pilot is aimed at better setting up some of the back story to the Dollhouse organization as well as its cast of characters.
  • 13 episodes have been greenlit, and there are plans to have them accompanied by webisodes.

“Dollhouse” Pilot to get Re-Worked July 23, 2008 2:13 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, Dollhouse, Fox, News, Television.
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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.

More “Dollhouse” Casting Announced April 17, 2008 9:13 pm

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Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse continues to add cast.  Whedon announced on Whedonesque that Amy Acker has joined the cast of the series.  Acker was more recently seen on the short-lived Drive and the last season of Alias.  She also was a regular on Angel.

“Dollhouse” Casting News April 4, 2008 12:43 pm

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Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse has landed another castmember.  TVGuide is reporting that English actress Olivia Williams has landed the role of Adelle in the Fox drama, the Dollhouse’s cold and sophisticated leader.  Williams joins the already announced cast of Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett, Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj.