We were reporting on Friday that the show sounded like it was being renewed, but also warned our readers to not hold your breath until it’s announced Monday… which was yesterday.

But folks had questions and those questions were lobbed at Fox’s president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly.

Reilly said that with Dollhouse, they are betting on the creativity of Joss Whedon.  One of the other factors that helped them make their decision are the DVR numbers.  They see the DVR numbers as an indication of the show’s “hidden” popularity and anticipate the show will grow in ratings next year.

Besides, if they terminated Dollhouse, Reilly felt he would have received another 110 million emails.

Yet echoing in the background of this pandering to the fans, Fox’s entertainment chairman Peter Rice was saying that they can grow the show on Fridays – but Fox will not tolerate low numbers on Friday nights.  So it will still have to not only perform, but draw in more viewers.

They feel confident that can happen.  My favorite quote from Rice about the growth was that “The show became much stronger creatively during the course of the season.” Crickets.  In fact, as I reported on Friday, “the Fox execs really liked the show.  Particularly the 2nd half.”  This writer is thinking that once the studio stopped meddling with the delivery of the content, yes, it did get better.

Why Shelve The Sarah Connor Chronicles?

We’ll be bauck!  Well, it sounded good anyway.

Despite their faith in Dollhouse, Fox has looked at The Sarah Connor Chronicles differently.

Reilly flat out said that TSCC has completed its run.  They saw it tailing off and it wasn’t a cheap show to produce.

Reilly said they looked at the ratings track for its Monday run, and then its ratings on Friday night and the trend line was not pointing in the right direction.  And then he said they gave the show support and “some consistent scheduling” but it was time to move on.

And what, replace it with two comedies?  I don’t understand how someone can say that after they’ve moved the show to Friday nights and then quote ratings as the reason to dump a show.  Never mind the fact that TSCC was slaughtering everyone in various “save-the-show” polls.

In Closing

So as it stands, we’re going to be getting Dollhouse on a shoestring budget, but I’m not worried about that.  Whedon as proven he can crank out quality an a spool of thread.  But he has an uphill battle with two comedies as lead-ins to the show doesn’t seem to be a great combination that will work as far as developing viewers across the different shows.  They’re different demographics.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles from the look of things, was going to be doomed…  Regardless of the fan support.

Moving Fringe to Thursdays on a night dominated by the other networks, just seems to fill out the pattern I think I’m seeing from how Fox is handling our favorite shows.

Am I losing it?  Is there a pattern of noise and subterfuge in the works, or is there some genuine plan to make our favorite shows winners?  It’s still a long way to the Fall and as we’ve learned from last season, things can still get mixed up and shuffled around.  We can only hope.  Right?

Here’s the list of shows Fox has lined up for us:

‘Til Death
America’s Most Wanted
American Dad
American Idol
Family Guy
Human Target (January)
Lie to Me
Past Life
So You Think You Can Dance
Sons of Tuscon
The Cleveland Show
The Simpsons
The Wanda Sykes Show (working title)

Sources:  Hollywood Insider, Sci Fi Wire

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