You might think that it would be difficult to create a relevant blog about TV shows that have been off the air for several years, but not so. I have lots of stuff I can ramble on about, endlessly, if necessary. But instead of going back and talking about stuff long past today, I want to talk a little bit about Joss Whedon’s new show, Dollhouse, which is coming to Fox in January, 2009, and will air on Monday nights at 8 pm, leading into 24. I plan to keep talking about it, too, so that more people find out about it and watch it.
I admit that I’m a little worried. Not about the show, cause that will rock, but about Fox. I just can’t bear for Fox to kill off another show once I fall in love. They’ve murdered so many shows that I liked. Firefly, for one, Drive (a Tim Minear production, which starred Firefly’s Nathan Fillion) was another. The list is pretty long. Since Fox has a habit of putting shows in the Friday night spot of death or just not giving them a chance to get an audience (Drive was cut after only 4 episodes aired – it was literally the second week), I want to make sure that Dollhouse has amazing ratings from Day One. No matter what night it airs.
Personally, if I was Joss or Tim, I would not give Fox another chance. But I guess you have to do what you have to do to sell your show. I’ve just been hurt too many times and I’m not as trusting.
Anyway, Dollhouse. Along with Joss, who will produce, write and direct, other Buffy alum will be joining the show, including Tim Minear (Angel, Firefly) and Steven DeKnight (Buffy, Angel, Buffy Season 8 comics) as consulting producers, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Angel) as showrunners, casting directors Anya Colloff and Amy McIntyre Britt (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity), Eliza Dushku (Faith on Buffy and Angel) as series regular and Amy Acker (Fred on Angel) in a recurring role. Tim Minear and David Solomon (Buffy) are also set to direct.
Basically, the show is about people known as “Actives” or “Dolls” who volunteer to give up five years of their lives in exchange for a big payoff at the end of that time. During the five years, they are hired out for particular jobs, crimes, fantasies, or whatever. Their personalities are wiped clean between each assignment, and they are imprinted with new personas, including memory, muscle memory, skills, and language.
Here’s a link to a (very exciting for me) trailer for the show.
So start telling all your friends. Whedon’s coming back to TV!
YOUNG BUFFY: Hi, Willow. What are you doing here?
WILLOW: Actually, I’m, uh … looking for you. Here. Again.
YOUNG BUFFY: Do you like dolls?
WILLOW: No … and I think we already deja’d this vu.