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May 16 2009

Dollhouse Gets A Second Season

eliza dushku dollhouse season2It’s true folks, Dollhouse is getting a second season.

The official announcement won’t happen until Monday, but sources are saying a thirteen episode order has been placed.  If you’re concerned about it being only thirteen, don’t be.  Television networks normally order that number, see how things are going, and then they’ll order “the back nine” to brign the total to 22, the length of a normal television season.  Those nine aren’t a certainity, though, so don’t think that these being ordered will get us a full season for sure.

Apparently Joss Whedon had to promise to lower the budget to get the show considered.  This was due to the fact that some believe this is the lowest rated show to ever get a renewal.  It was only when Fox added in DVR viewings, online streaming and anticipated DVD sales, they decided to gite another go.

The sad thing is, the final episode of season 1 could have almost acted as a series finale, so it’s difficult to imagine where they are going to take the story next, but at least we get to find out!  For once Fox is taking a risk, and it’s about time considering their track record with canceling shows.

So… welcome back to the Dollhouse.



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  • I wrote about this for my own blog, and I suggested some things to get the show moving (like anyone cares). Basically, if they spend more time in the Dollhouse as opposed to the imprint assignments no one really cares about — that is a pretty major thing for them to mess up — they save money and they get to the root of the thing faster, allowing a breakout sooner. If Echo ends up going back to Doll of the Week stuff I know I and a lot of people who are having a hard time to put this on the mantle of great Whedon T.V. will tune out. Also, they should fix Victor, especially since Amy Acker will likely have to leave or greatly reduce screen time to be on Happy Town (boooooooooooooooooo).

    But for a show that I didn't even begin to like until the hlafway mark, I was incredibly excited when I heard the news, not only because it gives Joss and co. a chance to keep building on the slowly-forming goodness of the series, but because it at last validates contemporary viewing means. No longer is Nielson the only factor, which could in turn break the monopoly of the lowest common denominator (though only slightly. I'm sure; I'm not THAT hopeful).