With the news of the Dollhouse premiere underperforming in the ratings and the abrupt cancellation of fan favorite shows like Southland, I’ve been watching my txt’s and emails with baited breath expecting to hear about the cancellation of my favorite Friday night show, Dollhouse.
Now, it looks like I can, for the moment, comfortably peruse my inbox as FOX scheduling chief Preston Beckman spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and stated that the network will air all 13 episodes of the (Joss) Whedon-created drama despite their less than stellar ratings.
In an unusual but refreshing move, Beckman lays everything out on the table regarding the struggling show.
“We’re going to run all the episodes. We’re not saying we’re happy with those numbers, or accept them, but we don’t have to overreact. During [November] sweeps we might have to jack up the numbers a little [with other programming], but we plan on completing the order for this show.”
While FOX will be airing all 13 episodes, the future of Dollhouse after said episodes is still up in the air with FOX stating that they will make a decision on ordering additional episodes or a third season after all the current episodes air.
Considering that they’re currently filming the eighth episode, this means that production for Dollhouse would have been shut down for a couple of months by the time FOX ultimately decides its fate.
While the premiere only pulled in a 1.0 rating, recent news has revealed that the DVR ratings add an additional 50% to the Dollhouse‘s ratings, bringing it up to 1.5. Add that news with the ratings most recent episode rising 11% and some more push from its vocal fans and we might just be able to pull out another season for Echo and her friends.
Although, if FOX does decide not to renew Dollhouse, Whedon promises fans that there will be a conclusion, of sorts.
“We’ll definitely have closure, but will leave some doors open. When we got our first numbers, which were bad, the first thing [FOX president of entertainment] Kevin Reilly said was, ‘You’ll have all 13,’ which was great. They’re not going to pull the rug out from under us.”
Thank you! For not only committing to air all 13 episodes ordered of Dollhouse, but for also being completely honest about what’s going on. We know the ratings aren’t great, they know the ratings aren’t that great, but at least they’re not going to suddenly pull the show off the air ala Firefly. (Yeah, FOX, we still haven’t forgotten about that.)
Here’s a little treat…. a photo of Summer Glau from an upcoming episode of Dollhouse.
You must watch Dollhouse at 9PM on FOX.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter [via: Ain’t It Cool News]