Might Fox Actually Renew Dollhouse? [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:35 am,

eliza dusku as echo in dollhouse Might Fox Actually Renew Dollhouse?  [Updated]

The word on the street is that the Fox network is thinking about renewing Dollhouse.  Color me shocked.  Even Eliza is holding her head in shock!  (Read this article carefully.  There’s a surprise tidbit in here.)

Despite miserably low ratings in its Friday night time slot, Dollhouse brings in strong online streaming numbers and DVR viewings.  Initially thought to be a non-issue to advertisers, it’s still apparently an influence on the waffling of renewals.

On top of that, sci-fi shows bring in good revenue when it comes to DVD sales.

If you dwell on it, isn’t that a conundrum?  Networks tend to have so little patience with the slightest bobble in the ratings that they’re pretty quick to dump shows based on the latest numbers.  Then we have to buy the DVDs.  Hmm…  Do we smell a conspiracy maybe?

Anyhow, the rumor floating around…  you really need to be sitting down for this one:  Is that the Fox execs really liked the show.  Particularly the 2nd half.  LOL.  I really did laugh out loud on that one.  The 2nd half of the season was the part where the studio withdrew their sticky fingers from the production process and let Joss actually run the show.  You know, do something he knows how to do.

As I said in my weekly TV article, Joss Whedon has been in talks with Fox, discussing where he would take season 2 and how to make it a viable platform for advertisers.

Me, I’m suspecting we might see more blatant product placement -  “This mind wipe machine is programmed by Microsoft!”

So for now, we have to just sit patiently, cross our fingers and wait.  We’ll find out by Monday at the latest.

Stay tuned to THIS article and we’ll update you when we find anything out!

Bonus Item I’m Sneaking In Here:  Chuck

Word on the digital street is saying that Chuck is almost certainly going to be coming back to NBC.  That’s the rumor.  And that’s my special gift to you for reading my words!

Have a great weekend gang!

UPDATE:

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Dollhouse has been officially renewed for a 13 episode season.  Other factors being quoted are cost concessions from 20th Century and Joss Whedon demonstrating he can create the show on a smaller budget.

This is good news… now, we wait for Fox to actually make the announcement.  That would be very reassuring.

Source:  THR Feed, EW

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  1. If Dollhouse comes back then they better bring back The Sarah connor Chronicals too, because that show is way better!

  2. I think Dollhouse has potential,
    But Whedon really needs to refine this concept .
    Treat these 13 episodes as if they were a 22 episode season .
    Kudos to Fox for making this choice.

  3. Bruce, you’re my hero. I don’t care that you’re just the messenger and don’t actually have anything to do with the decisions. Keep in mind though, if you change the story, it’s straight to the waste bin with you. >=] :P

    Anyway…
    That’s great news. I certainly hope it does come back and the exec rumors are true. If it comes back and they’re not, the stupid moronic idiotic Fox lamer execs (yeah, I don’t like them) may screw with it some more.

    As for product placement, I’m totally against it, but I do detest all that is Microsoft.

  4. Who knew that holding my breath might actually work?

  5. Any news on The Sarah Connor Chronicles?

  6. Studio-hands on or off, the second-half of the Dollhouse WAS better, and things only started happening near the end. The first 10(?) just spun their wheels, which has to be a bit the great Joss W’s fault too…?

    Don’t get me wrong, I credit Dollhouse for finally paying-off – the already renewed Heroes *completely* spun its wheels all season and did nothing! – but it seems odd Dollhouse only ended well.

    I agree with “4ever3″ – Sarah was better than both; and letting that slip would be the dumbest FOX move of the year (even if they seem to try to one-up themselves annually!).

    Sarah first, Chuck second, then Dollhouse; that would be my order of SAVING shows (then Heroes – and Earl!! – I’d’ve put Life near-second. but it’s gone to DNR status, alas).

    The saddest thing of all being that come next October, there will be 10(?) *worse* shows, many doomed, we haven’t even yet seen or *begun* to skip, on instead, like CSI:Nome, or Law & Order:Small Claims, or Studebaker:Private Hypnotist, or
    Next Top American Celebrity Idle-Dancers…
    *sigh*
    Maybe the one cliche TV makes true is: only the good die young.

  7. joss i love the show but now its time to amp it up..if they renew you we need maybe a new level to the ramifications in messing with peoples minds,what if because the dolls have been given all the personalities, what if the skills they would use, stuck. then a possible rebellion of the dolls, choice dolls fly the coupe but with all the skills they have used as dolls still accessible to them, spy skills, fighting, intelligence..running from other new dolls, rouge dolls teaming up to take down the company and other dolls sent out to take them down permanentlly.

  8. @GUNSMITH

    They pretty much already dealt with most of that with Alpha. I think the direction they were taking before, looking at what it really means to be a doll and how much your memories make up your personality was a rather interesting theme which I feel they should stick with.

    Plus they’ve already established a whole load of plot points that need to be looked at, like what is the Dollhouse’s main aim, something Ballard was tasked with finding out. Also what will Ballards role be now that he’s working for the very place he was trying to take down. Where is Alpha?

    Having a whole bunch of dolls go Alpha on us and try to take down to Dollhouse… I don’t know, it seems too predictable which is why I doubt Joss will do it.

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