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It‘s a great day for fans who are looking forward to Joss Whedon‘s new FOX series, Dollhouse.  The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator‘s latest foray into television is about a girl named Echo, played by Eliza Dushku, who is part of an elite group of people known as "dolls."  These dolls are humans who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, making them the perfect undercover operatives for dangerous assignments. It was previously announced that actors such as Olivia Williams and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) would be in the cast, and now two more familiar names have been announced for prominent roles:  Harry Lennix (24) and former Angel actress Amy Acker. Read more »
Great news for Joss Whedon fans around the world! After enjoying huge success with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, as well as bringing sci-fi fan favorite Firefly to the big screen with Serenity, Whedon has another creation in the works, and it could be on the air as early as this spring.Even better, the new series entitled Dollhouse will star Eliza Dushku, who played the Buffyverse‘s rogue vampire slayer Faith. Read more »
Months ago it was announced that writer Joss Whedon would be making his long-awaited return to television with a show called Dollhouse.  The upcoming FOX series stars former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Eliza Dushku as a woman named Echo, who is part of an elite group of people known as "dolls."  These dolls are humans who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, making them the perfect undercover operatives for dangerous assignments.  It‘s a high concept series, but we‘d expect nothing less from the man who brought us Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.The promise of a new Whedon project starring a former Buffy actress was exciting enough on its own, but today it was announced that Battlestar Galactica‘s Tahmoh Penikett, who plays Lt. "Helo" Agathon on the Sci Fi Channel series, has also been cast in a major role.  He‘ll be playing Echo‘s twisted romantic foil in the drama, which will air on FOX in the fall. Read more »
It‘s the future, apparently.  FOX, as part of their upfront presentation yesterday, where they laid out the Fall and Spring prime time schedules and introduced their new series, made another big announcement: highly anticipated new series Dollhouse and Fringe will both air with nearly no commercial breaks.  Both series will have around five minutes of commercials per hour, as opposed to 15-18 minutes of commercial and promo time usually found in an hour-long series.  Both Fringe and Dollhouse come from high-profile creators – J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, respectively.  Even though no one has seen even the pilot for either show, the expectations are very high, and this advertising experiment shows FOX‘s confidence in them.  Read more »
FOX‘s Spring schedule is much more interesting than its Fall counterpart.  It also contains the single greatest announcement I‘ve heard all week: the American Idol Results Show is going back to a half hour.  That wasn‘t so hard, now, was it FOX?  FOX has mastered the art of different, high-profile shows sharing time slots in different parts of the year.  As a result, FOX airs less re-runs and makes up for the fact that they run one hour of television less per night than the other three major networks.  FOX January and onward schedule is below, but remember – FOX is always very flexible with their schedule. Read more »
On Thursday, July 24 the biggest pop culture event of the year kicks off: the San Diego Comic-Con.  Over 125,000 people attended the convention last year and caught advance sneak peeks of shows like Lost, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Pushing Daisies, 24, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and dozens more.  The annual gathering is also where numerous movie studios hype their upcoming releases, with Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull being big highlights in 2007.  For four days every summer, San Diego becomes the place to be for the latest pop culture bombshells.BuddyTV brought you news straight from the 2007 Comic-Con, and this year we‘re doubling our efforts to make sure every important moment of the convention is covered.  If you can‘t make it to San Diego this summer, all you need to do is visit BuddyTV for the latest updates. Read more »
Joss Whedon is going to shoot a brand new pilot for Dollhouse, his upcoming FOX drama.  Dollhouse, which is set to premiere sometime after the first of the year, stars Eliza Dushku as an employee of an underground company whose memory is wiped clean and embarks on various tasks – whatever their clients choose.  Whedon, whose previous series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly cemented him as a cult favorite, has decided that the original pilot was not as good as it could have been, and that the first episode could use some more “pop.”  The original pilot will not be scrapped, but simply become Dollhouse‘s second episode.  This isn‘t an unprecedented move, but it makes one wonder how meddlesome the FOX executives are being with Whedon‘s new show.  Read more »
Check out the rest of our coverage from San Diego Comic-Con.There are some writers in the entertainment industry who aren‘t particularly entertaining when forced to speak, but Joss Whedon is not one of them.  The man is just as witty and hilarious as the characters he brought to life on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.  Whedon appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con today along with the cast of his latest project, Dr. Horrible‘s Sing-Along Blog: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and Simon Helberg.  When the hilarious gang wasn‘t making penis jokes or dropping F-bombs, they managed to reveal some big plans for the future of the Internet musical.  Could a sequel be in the works? Read more »
The San Diego Comic-Con has been a TV fan talking point for years now. Come each summer, our favorite TV show creators and TV stars gather in panels to answer fan questions, discuss behind the scenes goings on and, most excitingly, give sneak peeks of their new seasons. Also making appearances are those with brand new shows they want us to watch and love -- like new genre offerings from such famous talents as Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams. This year‘s Comic-Con is only a few weeks away and Kristin over at E! Online has the tentative panel schedule. With a potential actor strike looming and with the otherwise unpredictable nature of those in the business of show, nothing is set in stone, but it looks like the creators behind all of our favorite hit shows will be making appearances -- and letting slip the juicy advance news we all crave. Read more »
It seems that 24 isn‘t the only FOX TV series taking a break from production.  Dollhouse, Joss Whedon‘s latest science fiction drama, has also stopped filming for several weeks to work on scripts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for Dollhouse stopped earlier this month after wrapping episode 3.  Whedon, who serves as creator and executive producer to the series, was reportedly not satisfied with the quality of upcoming scripts so he requested producing studio 20th TV for a temporary hiatus. Read more »
FOX released their full 2009 mid-season schedule today.  A great many of you will be disappointed with what has been done.  Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a series who many thought would keep its time-slot come January and reap the benefits of being the lead-in for 24, will be moved to Fridays, beginning February 13.  As savvy TV viewers know, Fridays are where TV shows go to die.  If a network moves you from mid-week to Friday, it is a death sentence.  In addition, Terminator will be joined on Friday nights by the new Joss Whedon series Dollhouse.  After Firefly, you‘d think that FOX would be done screwing with Whedon and his fans.  Apparently not.  It will be a major, major upset if Dollhouse succeeds on Friday nights.  OK.  Let‘s get the nitty gritty out of the way before we go to the commentary (i.e. “whining”): Read more »
I initially had a lot of hope and excitement for Joss Whedon‘s upcoming FOX series Dollhouse, but that hope has slowly dwindled as the network has interfered with the show time and again.  The latest blow came yesterday, when FOX announced that the series will air on Fridays at 9pm beginning February 13.  This is the same time slot that Whedon‘s late, great Firefly died in many years ago, which leads me to believe Dollhouse won‘t make it past its first handful of episodes.  Though I‘m fairly certain the series will soon be nothing more than another great genre show canceled before its time, I plan to watch every episode before the axe falls.A day before FOX doomed the show with their scheduling announcement, a nifty promo was released online to get fans pumped for Whedon‘s return to television.  Check it out below and decide for yourself if Dollhouse has a chance at survival. Read more »
If you‘re not already familiar with Liza Lapira, you should be. She‘s currently pulling double duty with recurring roles on the smash hit NCIS and the critically acclaimed Showtime drama Dexter. On NCIS, she‘s the murderous mole Michelle Lee, whose secret is about to be discovered by Gibbs, making tonight‘s all-new episode a big one for Lapira. On Dexter, she‘s the sulty Internal Affairs detective hounding Debra to turn on her partner, Quinn.If that wasn‘t enough action for you, Liza Lapria will also be starring in the fourth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise this summer, and will have a recurring role on the new Joss Whedon series Dollhouse. BuddyTV spoke to Lapira about juggling all of these projects, and what fans can expect to see from her characters on NCIS and Dexter in the coming weeks. Continue reading to listen to our exclusive interview and to read the full transcript. Read more »
Is it possible to look forward to something and mourn it at the same time?  Such is the case for Dollhouse, Joss Whedon‘s new series starring Eliza Dushku.  Ever since FOX released its 2009 mid-season schedule last month, fans have started to worry about the show‘s chances of survival, given that the network scheduled to the series on Fridays beginning February 13, 2009. This may seem like a death sentence since, more often than not, Fridays are where TV shows go to die. However, the former Tru Calling star is not worried about being on the alleged “death slot.” Read more »
Oh, Dollhouse, beleaguered Dollhouse.  Your premise is interesting—I think so, at least—but you‘re getting all these blows that sometimes I wonder if the effort is futile or not.  You‘ve been placed on Friday night, which traditionally is the time slot where shows being killed off, or at least have low expectations, are placed.  You‘ve lost your pilot episode, since Fox figured the money‘s better off placed on that elaborate dollhouse set—it‘s something I understand, since the show‘s called Dollhouse, after all, but it‘s just a weird decision.   Now you‘re going to lose your webisodes?Then again, that isn‘t exactly a sure thing. Joss Whedon, the show‘s creator, previously mentioned his plans to release a significantly huge amount of webisodes.  It won‘t be something like what The Office does, if he had his way; instead, there will be “literally a full season of them.”  For each one of the 13 episodes of Dollhouse, there will be one webisode, and although there‘s still no word on whether those clips will be tied into the story, or be an entirely different beast altogether, it‘s just proof of how much time and effort Whedon is willing to commit to get the series off the ground. Read more »
All of a sudden, the bad economy comes knocking on our doors, and nobody—not most of us, at least—can‘t help but give in and start tightening some belts.  Television producers are also feeling the pinch, and as ratings and advertising revenues slide, the inevitable‘s got to happen: budget cuts.20th Century Fox Television is the latest to order cuts in all production budgets, as tough economic times beckon.  This affects all of the shows produced by the banner, from established shows such as 24 and Family Guy, to newer shows such as ABC‘s Life on Mars, and even to shows that have yet to air, like Dollhouse. Read more »
Dollhouse is still, roughly, seven weeks away.  While I still remain very much interested in its premise, I can‘t help but feel that it would fail in a way—no, it‘s not going to be Joss Whedon‘s fault, but more of the network‘s fault, with all of its interfering in the months leading to its February 13 premiere.  But here‘s something that perked me up: a sneak peek at what the show will bring!The show‘s premise is pretty simple: a group of people, called “actives”, have their memories added and erased as they see fit, before they are hired for different missions.  It‘s a simple idea that‘s already been elaborated on the promo that went online over a month ago, but nothing beats seeing a little more, and that‘s what we got.  Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello first got his hands on two minutes of footage from the show, and shared it to the world—and that‘s what we‘re going to do, too.  Sure, some of it is in the promo, but hey, who‘s complaining?  The clip, and a little more, after the cut. Read more »
New Years is upon us and this weird thing we call a hiatus is almost behind us. Soon, shows old and new will begin to air and life will seem just a little bit better. Mid-season replacements are on the horizon and reality shows are about to kick into high gear. With so much television to choose from, we thought we‘d share the top nine shows we‘re looking forward to in 2009.Our list is not what you would expect. For instance, I expect a lot of flack for not having Lost or Battlestar Galactica on the list. This will infuriate a lot of people, but Lost jumped the shark a while ago and I think I gave up after all the “we‘ve always had a plan” and the “this is not a science-fiction show” bull. Battlestar is not on the list simply because how can we really bring ourselves to look forward to the end. Essentially, denial is my number one priority. Read more »
Joss Whedon‘s latest project, Dollhouse, has made quite a lot of buzz over the many months since the project was first announced.  And it‘s quite a mix, too: some are excited to see what the guy behind Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer had to offer next, while some have wondered why Fox placed the show on a Friday night time slot, best known for being home to shows that are being slowly killed off.And then, there are some who, on the basis of the previews and the descriptions and all that, have dismissed the show as something that sucks—and, perhaps, deserves the Friday night time slot, because it will die off anyway.  As news came in about reshoots, a scrapped pilot and problems with the entire production, more people have started to doubt whether the show will come out intact, if at all.  For Whedon, who‘s no stranger to starting a new show, the buzz impacts him too. Read more »
I can only imagine how hard it is for an actor to prepare for a role.  I‘ve only worked behind the scenes—as a student, actually—and I‘ve seen how one prepares for the role at hand.  A pass through the script, a little time alone, a few questions about how to do some stuff, and when the camera starts rolling, things should move along almost perfectly.  Maybe a few more takes, sure, but as the shoot goes longer, the actor should grow a little more comfortable with the role, to the point that it almost comes naturally.Do two roles.  Or three.  Or four.  Or five.  Or six, at the same production. It must take a little longer for one to prepare a role.  Imagine yourself as one of the “actives”, then, in the upcoming series Dollhouse: you‘re dispatched by the covert organization that holds you to do multiple tasks, and once that‘s done, all your memories are erased, and you are kept before the next mission.  Every episode, virtually, you play a different person—it isn‘t a matter of the scripts changing facts, obviously. Read more »
The deal with Dollhouse comes with the struggles it‘s been through, as much as with the show‘s concept itself.  Before being given the Friday night time slot (triggering talk of whether it will even survive) and the pilot episode getting scrapped, there was Fox‘s decision to order the drama without the aid of a pilot, choosing instead to devote resources into construction of a set.  Well, the show is called Dollhouse, so its namesake in the program should be given that much attention too, right?They‘ve done just that.  If you‘ve seen the preview clips, trailers and photographs, you probably have seen how immense the program‘s backdrop is.  Here are some numbers, then: one of Fox‘s studios has been transformed into a 25,000 square-foot, two-storey structure, multiply-divided and fully-furnished.  And Fox‘s decision to defer resources to that seems to be worth it—the entire thing cost $950,000. Read more »
Perhaps a question that I should be asking about Dollhouse is this: how exactly do they put in the personalities into the heads—or wherever they put it into—of the Actives?  Sure, we know that they can be easily erased and replaced depending on the needs of whoever hires them.  And, for those who‘ve seen the preview clips, there‘s this room where the transfer happens.  Well, maybe a better question to ask is this: where exactly do they get the personalities they put into the heads of the Actives?Insert Topher Brink, the resident geek (or at least that‘s what I think) inside the organization that rents those humans out.  Well, let Fran Kranz—the guy who plays him in the series, which premieres on February 13—explain further: “He‘s the guy who understands and knows the technology behind how the whole imprint process works.  The dolls are imprinted with different personalities for each of their missions or clients‘ fantasies, and Topher designs these personalities.”Possible spoiler warning: There are some that could spoil the experience up ahead. You‘ve been warned. Read more »
BuddyTV writer Oscar Dahl recently had the privilege to sit down with Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett of Joss Whedon’s new series Dollhouse. When asked about the premise of the show, Eliza narrowed it down to “dolls for hire,” to which Penikett exclaimed, “the ultimate fantasy.”Dollhouse is set to premiere next Friday, February 13th at 9pm right after the return of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. With the ads Fox recently released around Eliza Dushku (shown here), it’s easy to see that Penikett’s assessment is correct. In the interview below, Dushku and Penikett talk about their roles in Dollhouse as well as what it’s like to work with the legendary Joss Whedon. Despite production hang-ups, they both can’t wait for audiences to see the final product. Read more »
After all this, I absolutely cannot believe that there‘s only less than a week remaining before Dollhouse makes its premiere.  My brain actually goes something like, “finally, after all those delays!”  Well, that, and the fact that I‘ve been writing about it quite often lately, with all those details about the set and the storyline and (obviously) the issues that rocked this show‘s journey to our television screens.  And then, here it is.  Six more days.  Never mind that it‘s going to premiere on a supposedly unlucky date, Friday the 13th…Anyway, to whet your appetite for what‘s to come, we‘ve got a handful of preview clips—well, more of four clips in one six-minute montage—for you.  Well, of course, since words alone cannot justify (or explain) a television show, right? Read more »
Four days to Dollhouse.  Wheee!  As the February 13 premiere draws closer, so is our anticipation—I‘ve been at it for the past months, and surely so are you.  And while anticipation can be a bitch sometimes, and with speculation that the show is bound for a quick cancellation even before it could premiere, letting go can hurt pretty bad.  But, hey, we‘re here, so let‘s make the most of it.  And let‘s just think that this show almost didn‘t make it, because it wasn‘t even part of Joss Whedon‘s plans.We all know that the concept for the show dropped over lunch with the series‘ star, Eliza Dushku. But the discussion wasn‘t exactly about the show—it was more serendipitous than one might expect.  “She had made a deal to do a show at Fox, and we were sort of talking about the kind of show she ought to do and the kind of people she ought to play and what people expected of her,” he said.  “And then, lo and behold, the show just sort of popped up and started barking at me.” Read more »
With the Dollhouse premiere only 4 days away, anticipation is running high. Whedon fans everywhere are hoping that Joss‘ new show will be a masterpiece. FOX already knows it can count on the die-hard fans to tune in, but what about the rest of the viewing population?In an attempt to garner attention for the show and pique the interest of new viewers, FOX released promotional photos of Eliza Dushku posing nude along with the tagline “Get to know Echo intimately.” The pictures popped up on gossip sites everywhere and they certainly garnered some buzz for this week‘s premiere. The photos are not the normal advertising technique of a Whedon show and the pictures have some fans quite concerned. It‘s no secret that Joss and FOX didn‘t see eye to eye around the cancellation of Angel and too much Network interference is the last thing the fans want. Read more »
At one point it must have felt like the world is collapsing—okay, I exaggerate—when news that the proposed Dollhouse webisodes wouldn‘t push through.  If anything, it added fuel to the rumors that the show was on its way out before it could even go in.  As it turns out, Fox had (again) other things in mind—oh, doesn‘t this sound familiar?—and instead, have wheeled out this so-called “online participation drama”.The thing is called Dollplay, and it‘s online for the next two weeks or so (it started last Thursday, so we‘ve missed a week) at  The idea is, it‘s a companion guide of sorts to help fans and viewers unravel the new show‘s mythology.  That happens through a woman named Hazel Rose, who is trapped inside a mobile laboratory, effectively isolated from the world—well, except through the online audience, which she uses as a link to the outside.  She wants to be set free, and perhaps find out more about her mother, who happens to be a researcher that is somehow connected to the Dollhouse. Read more »
From FOX’s official press release:When a spy is discovered in the Dollhouse, Echo becomes Sherlock Holmes to uncover the traitor, on Dollhouse, Friday, April 10, on FOX.When a traitor is discovered inside the Dollhouse, Echo and Sierra are programmed as spy hunters to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, Ballard receives surprising news from Mellie, and Adelle harbors a secret in the “Spy in the House of Love” episode of Dollhouse airing Friday, April 10 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read more »
Recently Joss Whedon fans held a collective freak-out upon news that the Dollhouse season finale was not going to be aired. There is some truth to these rumors, but the actual story is far less terrifying and may reinstall hope among the Dollhouse fans.According to TV Guide, FOX still plans to air all the episodes of Dollhouse it originally ordered. When the show was first picked up, FOX ordered 13 episodes. However, the pilot was scrapped and remade, but since that didn’t evaporate the cost of making it, the unaired original pilot counted as one of the 13 episodes, meaning only 12 will be shown, including the intended first season finale, “Omega,” on May 8. Read more »
While Dollhouse creator Josh Wheadon admits that the chances of Fox renewing the ratings-challenged series for a second season are "not very good," he is still hoping that his opus will not suffer a similar fate as cult favorite Firefly, which received the axe after only 11 episodes in 2002."I think they want it to succeed.  I think they‘re getting it," he says.  "They need it to succeed enough for them to pay for it.  So I‘m oddly hopeful but I‘m also ready for anything." Read more »
After a reassuring pat on the back from creator Joss Whedon that Dollhouse just might be returning for a second season, last Friday‘s showing did little to salvage the case of the sci-fi series.  The show‘s one-week hiatus may have been fatal as "Haunted," the show‘s tenth episode, reeled in a new series low at 2.99 million numbers.  And with just a couple of more episodes to air, perhaps it‘s high time for Dollhouse fans, no matter how scarce they are, to say their goodbyes.Fox suffered an all-around beating Friday night with Prison Break also registering sad numbers at 3.05 million.  Dollhouse was beaten by a couple of newsmagazine programs, ABC‘s 20/20 and NBC‘s Dateline, and police drama Flashpoint. Read more »
I couldn‘t help being reminded of Dollhouse (Joss Whedon‘s current FOX show about blank-slate people programmed with different personalities) while watching last night‘s season finale of Heroes, in which a shocking turn of events occurred that essentially turned Sylar into a Whedon-esque doll: after Sylar kills Nathan and then Peter tranquilizes Sylar, Angela and HRG convince Matt Parkman to use his mind control powers to wipe Sylar‘s personality away and "program" him (sans machines) with Nathan‘s personality and memories. In a seemingly intuitive self-alignment, Sylar uses his shapeshifting power to physically become Nathan, then wakes up, a reprogrammed person with no memory of his past life. But as the Volume 5 teaser illustrates (and as Whedon‘s Dollhouse explores thoroughly through its own characters), reprogramming a person is not a seamless process, and certain residues of the original are bound to remain--and reemerge--in the brain. Thus, Sylar (now Nathan) retains his eerie ability to diagnose faulty timepieces, and Angela seems to rightly worry that other, more unsavory characteristics of Sylar‘s past identity will begin to surface, even as he still believes he is Nathan Petrelli. Read more »
Actor Alan Tudyk came back to the consciousness of sci-fi fans recently when it was revealed that he plays the mysterious character Alpha on the beleaguered Fox series Dollhouse.  In an interview, Tudyk, who previously worked with Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon on Firefly, said playing Alpha was a "stress rash."  The rogue "Active" has 43 personalities inside of him."It gives you a lot to chew on. In this coming episode, you see the effect of what 43 people is on one person.  Alpha has a little bit of difficulty controlling them.  We all have inner monologues, different voices that sort of chime in throughout our day.  You know, different opinions on situations."Don‘tforget to check out the Support Joss:Tweet to Save Dollhouse Petition Read more »
As Fox series Dollhouse clings on to dear life, its penultimate episode last Friday did little to salvage the case of the beleaguered freshman sci-fi drama.   Its "Briar Rose" episode - the eleventh this first season - enjoyed an almost negligible increase in ratings, rising just above the 3 million mark after 2.99 million the previous week. The episode was largely seen to determine the fate of Dollhouse.The last episode, which featured among others, the appearance of mysterious Alpha (played by Firefly‘s Alan Tudyk) who was determined to kidnap Echo (Eliza Dushku).  Alpha imprinted Echo with a memory that makes her recognize him; with Sleeping Beauty now awakened, the lovers escape the Dollhouse together. Read more »
It‘s no secret that FOX has a hard time trusting Joss Whedon when itcomes to his genius mind. I mean look at what they did with Firefly!That‘s why it is time for the fans to be heard, it‘s time to get loud!  So if you‘re a Joss Whedon fan, please pay close attention, because we need your help to save Dollhouse! Read more »
Tonight marks the season finale of Dollhouse at 9pm on FOX.  The Joss Whedon drama has earned extremely loyal fans and has an intense online following, but sadly, TV ratings aren‘t exactly booming.BuddyTV is currently doing everything we can to drum up support for this brilliant show with our Save Dollhouse Twitter campaign, and the results have been overwhelming.  Thousands of people have commented and tweeted about their love for the show, and on Thursday Dollhouse was the second most popular term on Twitter‘s Trending Topics. Read more »
"A 1.1 is a bubble show - on the CW."Says The Hollywood Reporter‘s James Hibberd in reference to the 18-49 ratings of the finale of Fox sci-fi series Dollhouse.  Critics unanimously gunned down any hopes of the rookie show getting renewed, after its season (or series) finale registered a new series-low of 2.76 million, finishing fourth on its timeslot Friday at 9pm, down 11 percent from its showing last week.  Flashpoint won the hour with 8.64 mil. Read more »
While the future of Dollhouse is still uncertain, co-executive producers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain tell that they have pretty good plans for the show‘s sophomore season, including another villain in addition to Alpha (Alan Tudyk)."Alpha will be out there, but we‘ll have someone else in Season 2, I‘m sure.  We always wanted him to get away," says Craft. Read more »
Today FOX officially announced its 2009-2010 schedule, and Joss Whedon fans were delighted to see Dollhouse on the schedule.  After much debate and anxiety, Dollhouse was thankfully renewed for a second season thanks in no small part to the overwhelming support and Save Dollhouse campaigns on the Internet.The question now is whether FOX renewed it just to appease fans before a quick cancellation next season or if it means Dollhouse might have some steam.  I choose to be optimistic about the fate of Dollhouse, and it‘s not out of sheer delusion.  There are some very good reasons to feel good about Dollhouse‘s renewal. Read more »
We know what you‘ve been thinking: Yes, BuddyTV is great. The writing is incisive, the coverage is fantastic, and the photo galleries are lush. But there‘s something missing, and we feel it too: FASHION! But fear no more, fellow fashionistas. BuddyTV is now in the business of style surfing and channel surfing.We, BuddyTV writers Meghan Carlson and Abbey Simmons, have the lovely honor of heading up the brand new BuddyTV Fashion: Behind the Seamssection. This is our second brand new feature, which we‘re entirely stoked about, in which we take one of the hottest TV celebs of the week, and ask her just one simple question... "What the Frock?" Read more »
Can I begin this article with a big sigh of relief, after that old (by now) announcement that Dollhouse is getting a second season?Now that‘s done and over with, surely you have all those questions as the first season ended, both with the story (Paul Ballard, bad guy?) and with the cast themselves (Miracle Laurie, where?).  And, with news that ABC has picked up Happy Town for the middle of the coming fall, a big question mark hovered above Amy Acker‘s head. Read more »
Earlier this week it was announced that there is a Buffy the VampireSlayer movie in the works. Normally, this would have Buffy and Jossfans in a frenzy of excitement. But there‘s a catch! It‘s not likelythat any of the cast from the hit TV show will be a part of it, andneither will creator/director Joss Whedon. This got me thinking, well what‘s the point? You take away theingredients that made the television show a success, what are you leftwith? The disaster that was the first Buffy film? Or a reinventedsuccess?   Read more »
Today FOX officially announced its schedule for the 2009-2010 TV season, and some of the changes are huge.  Aside from the great news that Dollhouse will be coming back for a second season, the other big story is that So You Think You Can Dance, which premieres its fifth season this Thursday, will air in the Fall as well for an immediate sixth season.The So You Think You Can Dance move is unusual, but helps to balance out the schedule since FOX has American Idol in the Spring.  It also gives FOX the chance to do direct competition with Dancing with the Stars, a show that in recent seasons has taken several professional from former SYTYCD contestants.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW Read more »
Yesterday BuddyTV started a Twitter race to see what fans thought of the new Buffy movie. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of you chose a side, and this argument is rather one-sided. If you want to see the full result visit Twitter Search and type in the two hashtags: #No2Buffy and #Yes2Buffy. I will tell you this: I doubt the turtle will be winning this one.Fans are outraged that a Buffy movie dare be created without the mastermind Joss Whedon behind it. It‘s a blatant attempt to capitalize on the current vampire craze. Rather than come up with a new idea, Hollywood wants to potentially ruin a good thing. However, if Joss Whedon had some say then most of you would agree with the movie. AsBuffy the Vampire Slayer could live on with the same wit and creativityof the television show. As for the cast, you seem a bit conflicted.Many of you want to keep the same cast members as the show. But, asseveral of you pointed out, it‘s been years since the TV show ended andthe actors would be too old.  Read more »
After months of waiting, Dollhouse is finally here. I‘m assuming that this intro will reveal some clues as to Echo‘s past, so excuse my extensive detail.The scene opens up via security camera showing us two women sitting at small table (Eliza Dushku and Olivia Williams). The better dressed of the two (Williams) speaks first and says, “Nothing is what it appears to be” and she tells the other (Dushku) she can have a clean slate. This doesn‘t impress the second woman who asks, “Have you ever try and clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before.” The businesswoman moves a contract forward and asks if she‘ll be volunteering. It‘s clear she wouldn‘t be “volunteering” and she wonders aloud “How did it get this far?” Finally, the businesswoman speaks the disheveled girl‘s name – Caroline – as she warns her, “Actions have consequences.” This explanation doesn‘t calm Caroline and she continues to argue until the businesswoman points out that she can take care of Caroline better than she‘s been taking care of herself and that she‘ll take care of “this mess” as long as Caroline signs up for a 5 year term. Caroline acts as if she‘s being wrongfully sentenced to prison. She claims she was just trying to take her place in the world like “she” always said. Finally she sits down and agrees, “Actions have consequences,” to which the businesswoman responds, “What if they didn‘t?” Read more »
I remember watching the pilot episode to Dollhouse last week, and while it was actually not much to me—I’ve been reading and writing a lot about the show for the past couple of months, so basically I’ve got the premises mapped out in my head, whether I like it or not—I remember getting chills in the first seven minutes or so.  What struck me was the titles.  That was really creepy.Anyway, while mixed reviews for the show abound, we know a little better; of course, like all other shows, this show is still simmering and everything will unravel itself in time.  And besides, I’ll trust my colleague Kim in saying that the first three episodes basically kick ass—I haven’t seen the second the third in advance, actually.  (I’ll go by a mile and say I envy her.)  So, if that’s true, then the upcoming episode should be pretty good, too, or perhaps better than the first to ease the skeptics out there. Read more »
Last week on Dollhouse, we learned that Echo (Eliza Dushku) lives at the Dollhouse, a place where “actives” can be imprinted with any personality for any job. Echo‘s former self, Caroline, has essentially been wiped away…Three months ago: An alarm sounds at the Dollhouse. Topher (Fran Kranz) is covered in blood and Laurence Dominic (Reed Diamond), head of security, is running a SWAT team through the facility. Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams) announces that Alpha has gone rogue. They enter the showers and all the actives are dead except Echo who just says, “They won‘t wake up.”Back to present day: Ms. Dewitt gives the standard sales pitch to a man named Richard Connell (guest star Matt Keeslar). He‘s the rich player type who thinks no woman could ever be worth him. Adelle explains that the active would never lie to him; she‘ll be everything he wants her to be. But, Adelle explains that her company has determined that this “engagement” will also requires a small fee due to the relative risk factor of his request. Read more »
This week on Dollhouse, Echo (Eliza Dushku) was hired out to be the perfect date for a rich, adventurous millionaire named Richard Connell (guest star Matt Keeslar), who turned out to be a nameless not so rich psychopath hired to hunt her down in the middle of a national forest. Presumably he was hired by a rogue active named Alpha.Somehow, Alpha accessed some or all of his previous imprints and massacred most of the actives in the Dollhouse except Echo, whom he left confused, alone and naked on the bathroom floor, surrounded by the carnage of her roommates and supposed coworkers. His method of killing is nothing short of gruesome. He uses a non-serrated knife to quickly slice through his victim‘s entire body, inflicting the most pain and damage possible in as little as eight seconds. Read more »
Last week on Dollhouse, someone hired a man to hire the Echo (Eliza Dushku) out and then kill her. Obviously, it didn‘t work and Echo escaped but we learned that Echo might not be forgetting everything she learns during her engagements.At a pop concert, the pyrotechnics go awry and the star is rushed off stage when one of her backup singers catches ablaze. A menacing nerdy boy with red hair stares on in intrigue.Back at the Dollhouse, Sierra (Dichen Lachman) trips and Echo catches her. They have a conversation about how they‘re friends and friends help each other out. Langton (Harry Lennix) meets with Dr. Claire Saunders (Amy Acker) as she wraps up his arrow wound. Langton requests she certifies him because he needs to protect Echo. Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:Echo heads back to school where she learns a few things about her past on Dollhouse Friday, March 27, on FOX.A deadly virus outbreak on a college campus sends Echo back to school where pieces of her past come into focus in the "Echoes" episode of Dollhouse airing Friday, March 27 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:Echo leads the actives in an escape from the dollhouse while Ballard deals with shocking information on Dollhouse Friday, April 3, on FOX. When Echo, Sierra and Victor awaken in the Dollhouse with most of their original personalities and memories intact, Echo leads the charge to free the Actives from their apparent captivity and escape the Dollhouse forever. Meanwhile, Ballard discovers the Dollhouse is closer than he thinks in the "Needs" episode of Dollhouse airing Friday, April 3 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read more »
Beleaguered Fox sci-fi series Dollhouse reaches the conclusion of its debut - and potentially only - season tonight with an episode called "Omega." Continuing from the break-in on the last episode, Alpha (Alan Tudyk) will reportedly continue his "reign of terror" with his obsession with Echo (Eliza Dushku) potentially posing a danger to Caroline‘s (that‘s also Dushku) survival. Elsewhere, Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) will make a "life-changing decision" and one Doll is set to permanently deactivated while another shocking past will be revealed.If we recall, on the last episode of Dollhouse "Briar Rose," the fairy tale served as a backdrop for what would be an attempted rescue of Echo by Ballard. It opened with Echo reading a story to a group of kids, when an girl started hurling understandable objections to the plot of the fairytale and the decisions of the titular character. Later, it was revealed that the girl‘s imprint would grow up to be the same as Echo‘s - "she‘s the best version of the girl" or something. This subplot would only serve to underscore the break-in. Read more »
Tonight on Dollhouse comes the penultimate episode of Fox‘s 12-episode order (there‘s still some unresolved fuzz over the airing of the now controversial 13th episode).  Ballard‘s investigation finally ends, as his search leads him to the agoraphobic designer of the Dollhouse (guest star Alan Tudyk).  Elsewhere, Echo (Eliza Dushku) helps a young girl deal with her traumatic past, while Adelle (Olivia Williams) goes to the Attic to look for answers, and the wildly controversial and mysterious Alpha finally reveals himself to set his end game in motion.This Alpha storyline will advance on the season/series finale of Dollhouse, as his obsession with Echo will supposedly endanger Caroline‘s survival.  Going back to "Briar Rose," Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett), of course, is the federal agent who is determined to uncover the whole Dollhouse case.  On the promo, he was seen uncovering a coffin-like space and finding Echo inside, only she called her Caroline, her previous identity before being zapped into being an Active. Read more »