Joss Whedon: Dollhouse & Thoughts On The New Buffy Project

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:14 pm,

Now that Joss Whedon has wrapped upped his work on The Cabin in the Woods, he’s starting to focus on his 2nd season of Dollhouse.

We’ve got different chunks of news for you today.  First, we chat a little bit about the new writers for the show then some character news.  Later on we make note on Joss’ opinion on the new Buffy The Vampire Slayer project.

Writing Staff Added To Dollhouse

For any Reaper fans that have become fans of the writers from that show, you will be happy to know that the creators / writers from Reaper, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, have come on board the writing staff for season 2 of Dollhouse.  They’ve signed an exclusive deal with 20th Century Fox, and 20th Century produces Dollhouse.

Now don’t be confused.  Yes, Joss was given a smaller budget for season 2 but they’re not adding staff.  These two replace the spaces vacated by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain.  Craft and Fain both moved over to the writing staff for Lie To Me.

Work On Dollhouse Is Getting Underway

The first thing we need to address are the rumors of who is or isn’t showing up on Dollhouse because they may have been exaggerated.

According to Joss Whedon, despite reports saying that there was a good possibility of Summer Glau coming on board, there may have been a liberal dose of misinterpretation involved.

I’ve previously reported that he asked Summer if she’d consider coming on board.  More recently, Joss said that he first has to serve the work needs of the cast already assembled before anything can be worked out with Summer Glau.  Joss says that if something came up that fit her, he’d “… hound her.  But the rumors of her becoming part of the show are greatly exaggerated.”  But you have to admit, the potential of her presence on the show is pretty exciting.

Cast, Where Art Thee?

As far as other cast members showing up in season 2, have you noticed a few folks are on other shows?  I did, and I was curious.

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  1. It’s kind of a death blow when the grandfather of a franchise bade someone “The best of luck” when venturing out with the franchise without said grandfather.

    I believe the last time this happened we got Terminator Salvation (and Terminator 3).

    Reaper I’ve been meaning to get into for a while now and just never got round to it, thanks for reminding me. I’ve heard it’s a good show though. I hope Fox keep their fingers out of the Dollhouse pie this season (although rumour has it that Fox has silently been going through a major shift for the better so, given time, they may grow to be a decent studio). I see a lot of potential for Dollhouse and hope they’re able to do a lot with it.

  2. I keep meaning to check otu Reaper it sounds good.

    Joss has amazing talent and has done so many great things. Which is why I can’t understand how he made Dollhouse. I still think it’s a practical joke. A very expensive joke. There is no way that Joss could of made his show. DId the guy suddenly stop coming up with good ideas? The only great parts are Amy Acker and Alan. Eliza is ok, but never been that impressed by her. The rest of the cast were just models.

  3. I think he is overrated..but I know I will be in the minority on this one..

  4. That’s not a problem greenknight333. It’s like an acquired appreciation and understanding.

  5. WATCH THEM GET HAYDEN PANETIERRE TO BE BUFFY.

  6. Gunsmith it’s better than the rumor that they were gonna give it to Megan Fox lol

  7. Please, don’t get me wrong. I love Joss and everything he does. Sarah Conner was a better show and fox (in their unfathomable wisdom) killed it. Dollhouse should have gotten the axe.

  8. vladmax: A lot of people have your sentiments.

    At one website they held a voting contest on saving shows for next year. Sarah Connor beat them all, including Chuck. In fact:

    “After 300,000 votes, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” led the pack with 53% of the vote.”

    NBC’s “Chuck” had 25%, “Dollhouse” -10%, “Life” – 8% and “Privileged” another 4%.”

    It really is odd, and it’s not. Fox more than likely is shell shocked in how the FOXXED over Whedon with Firefly.

    Even though they tried it again by messing up the order of the episodes with DOLLHOUSE, it still seemed to capture the minds of the fans in the 2nd half of the season – ONCE FOX STOPPED MUCKING with the end result.

    So you are not alone vladmax.

  9. I agree w/ Daniel…having Fox as Buffy would just be another reason not to see that film.

  10. They need to relax on the Buffy Reboot…the show just ended like 6-7 years ago and it is still playing on tv. Give it some time. I also dont think that Whedon shoudl be attached to it as well. He was teh crator of the original tv show and we should leave his ideas and thoughts with that world that he created. Now we need to get another perspective.
    When all is said and done, they probably will move forward with a Buffy movie because it will make money…if they do it right who knows it might just be a success

  11. btw I agree that HAYDEN PANETIERRE would make a GREAT buffy

  12. Actually Tasouli they shouldn’t move forward with it and it won’t make a lot of money if they do. The core fans won’t accept it because the actual fans see no reason for a reboot. The concept of Buffy it’s self isn’t actually very good in fact it’s kind of lame what made the show Buff and Angel so great was the writing, the characters and the actors that played them. So this movie will take away the writers who made the show great, the characters that made the show great and the actors that made the show great. Lets face it show of hands who can honestly say Buffy was their fave character? I mean honestly.

  13. I don`t like Dollhouse, it is such a bad show. Reaper was excellent, shouldn`t have been cancelled..

  14. Whedon is indeed overrated but Buffy is his baby and as we see when comparing the lame movie (helmed by someone other than Whedon) to the very cool tv series (with Whedon in full creative control) Whedon is the best bet for making a new movie work. Without Whedon i wont bother to watch it.

  15. In order for me to even consider seeing the new “Buffy” movie, it would have to be out-of-this world, revamped, like the current “Star Trek” revival. And, to tell the truth, we already got that with Buffy.

    It already had its second chance after the disaster of the movie with a brilliant television series that lasted seven years.

    Leave it alone! Or wait 20 years. you might not upset as many still committed fans then.

  16. THERE HAVE BEEN ALOT OF REBOOTS, MAINLY BECAUSE REBOOTS ARE THE THING EVER SINCE THE UBER SUCCESSES OF NOLAN’S DARKNIGHT AND BATMAN BEGINS..HECK, EVERY MOVIE STUDIO IS LIKE OOOH WHAT OTHER SERIES OR FRANCHISE CAN WE REBOOT, IT WORKED FOR BATMAN LETS DO IT TO ANY PROPERTY WE CAN GET OUR CLAWS INTO…LETS REBOOT DAREDEVIL,LETS REBOOT CONAN, THERES ENUFF REBOOTS TO FILL A PAYLESS SHOE STORE..BUT SERIOUSLY, BUFFY..YOU SHOULD LET GREAT BEASTS LIE PEACEFUL..YOUR SO REBOOT CRAZY HOLLYWOOD,REBOOT THE MOVIES THAT NEED IT-STREETFIGHTER-DRAGONBALL…GREAT PROPERTIES THAT DIRECTORS DEFFACATING ON COOL IDEAS WITH THEIR NEW VISION ON SOMETHING ALREADY COOL.

  17. Yea Gunsmith I mean I get rebooting things that sucked. Batman and Robin was horrible and you couldn’t continue after that movie it needed a reboot. Rebooting the Fantastic Four isn’t a bad idea either, but a highly successful TV show that spawned another successful TV show spinoff and that still has very rabid fans? Does that really need a reboot?

    Die Hard Reboot anyone? Die Hard Reboot and who can be John hmm Oh I know lets give it to Shia La Buff. Perfect fit. /end sarcasm

    Some things should be left alone.

  18. Gunsmith, seriously, lay off the Caps lock. Try lower case for once, see how it feels, you might get a little more mellow.

  19. That and with the Caps lock, some consider it rude online etiquette. (Like I should talk!)

    Additionally, when everything is in caps, it’s hard to EMPHASIZE a point you might want to make.

    But hey, that’s just me. I could be wrong. (In the words of a wise man)

  20. I really wish they wouldn’t do it!
    For two reasons:
    1. it’s a little bit early for a Buffy reboot
    2. I don’t need another Kuzui-Buffy, the last one left me with an emotional trauma, thank you very much!

  21. I feel that it is pretty clear that Fox was very responsible with the first half of the first season. I am surprised to see people blaming Joss Whedon over Fox… Maybe it’s more fun to skewer a sacred cow? But after what happened with Wonderfalls, Firefly, and other Fox shows, and recent reports coming up about Fox’s involvement in Dollhouse, I can pretty confidently cool that Fox was involved in the early episodes of Dollhouse are is responsible for some of the shallowness and squicky sex stuff in them. Joss Whedon is no perfect, but no one can say that he is bad or just average. The proof is in the DVDs – try watching “The Body” or “Once More With Feeling” and say he is not incredibly talented and hard-working. It’s impossible!

  22. I always thought Dollhouse was a great show even from the very first episode. Joss has never shied away from sex or sex related themes. I don’t understand why some fans criticize Joss for exploring themes of sexuality in his work. The theme of sex doesn’t have to be seen as sleazy or explorative. He has be getting some harsh criticism lately over the Willow/Saga sexually subtext. Alan Moore’s Lost Girls was one of his best works despite its subject manner.

  23. I always thought Dollhouse was a great show even from the very first episode. Joss has never shied away from sex or sex related themes. I don’t understand why some fans criticize Joss for exploring themes of sexuality in his work. The theme of sex doesn’t have to be seen as sleazy or explorative. He has be getting some harsh criticism lately over the Willow/Saga sexually subtext. Alan Moore’s Lost Girls was one of his best works despite its subject manner and don’t remember anyone complaining calling it sleazy or explorative.

  24. Na, think she is to small to fit the role.

  25. Na, think she is to small to fit the role.