2 New Dollhouse Promo Pix ft Eliza Dushku

by admin on December 27, 2008 · 8 comments

Fox have released two new promotional photos featuring Eliza Dushku, a reflection of Eliza Dushku and some mannequins:


Like I’ve said before – give the other cast members some limelight, for goodness sake. I often come back to these two shows, but “Lost” and “Fringe” don’t solely market their shows off the back of Terry O’ Quinn and Anna Torv. Eliza Dushku is cute, and she’ll win awards for posing, but if this is going to be the ‘Eliza Dushku Show’ (as the evidence suggests), then tell me now so that I can check out.

Thanks: SpoilerTV and TruEcho

Kit December 27, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Well, it might be marketing itself as the Eliza Dushku show since before Joss Whedon got involved at a lunch meeting, it WAS the Eliza Dushku show – the deal was originally with her and Fox to produce a show for her… She just got Joss to write it for her.

Not agreeing with her tactic necessarily (though I do love Eliza), but just explaining the background.

Roco December 27, 2008 at 11:56 pm

I know, but that’s my worry – if Dollhouse is just going to be a ‘parade’ for Eliza Dushku to show how many different people she can be, then I’ll be disappointed. Although I’ve seen it coming for a while now.

As you point out, she had the deal with Fox and Whedon came up with the idea for “Dollhouse”, but with such a huge and talented ensemble cast, I was hoping that this would be less about one actress stroke producer and more about the show itself.

As time has gone on I’ve cringed as the ‘powers that be’ have constantly stated that this is a show about Eliza, and how great she is, and how it’s a reflection of her life, blah blah blah. As good as she is to look at, I think there are better actors on the show, yet aside from the odd ‘image campaign’ they’ve been shoved into the background like..well..dolls in a dollhouse. Heh.

My worry is that the mindset is wrong. Not everyone loves or even knows who Eliza Dushku is, and if they keep presenting her as this world class actress and she doesn’t hit the mark every single time, then they leave themselves open to some hefty critism. I’d much rather the focus for this show be shifted, one way to do that might be to give the other cast/characters some love.

I realise that they need to promote their strengths, but surely one of their best strengths is the ensemble? Otherwise lets call this “Faith” and be done with it.

Nothing against Eliza Dushku, it’s just the Eliza Dushku-centric hype machine is getting on my nerves after 9 or so months blogging DH.

Page 48 December 28, 2008 at 1:19 am

Hyping Eliza is a strategy wasted on me. I’ve never knowingly seen Eliza in any show, in fact never heard of her until “Dollhouse” chatter began, but at this point, I think I’d like to skip all promotional handouts and go straight to DH S01E01.

It’s sink or swim time. At the very least, some office boy could have the decency to leak the pilot. We all knew what “Fringe” was going to look like 90 days before it debuted. Ditto “Bionic Woman”. It’s time somebody slipped us the real deal instead of more airbrushed Eliza.

Roco December 28, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I agree Page 48, the Eliza Dushku marketing strategy can only go so far before people start to go “wait, who is this and why should we care?”. They should at least let us see if she’s any good first before heralding her as ‘God’s gift’. Only her current fans will care. Frankly I think this is almost as bad as the doom and gloom that has surrounded the show – no way do I want to be told (by Joss Whedon or anyone) how good an actor is before I’ve had the chance to make up my own mind.

I wouldn’t go as far as to want the pilot to be leaked, but I can certainly understand the sentiment. I like promotional material if it gets me excited about the show, but if it focuses on one person (over and over again) posing like she’s on “America’s Next Top Model”, then it alienates me, because I don’t like ANTM and I don’t want to watch a show which is seeming to be more and more like one individuals career slideshow.

I didn’t start this blog to gush over how good the main actress looks – sure, I’ve succombed every now and then, but nine months is a long time and it’s getting ridiculous now. It’s almost like some people have never heard of photoshop!

Be Real, Dollhouse. You had a good premise, feed us that.

MH6811 January 5, 2009 at 6:50 am

It’s clear the marketing team is going off of the shows strengths which is Joss and Eliza. Tru Calling got enough people desiring more of Eliza. It is my understanding that Eliza’s meeting with Joss was about her being tugged in different directions in her life and Whedon sprouted an idea based on her experiences. I don’t think that she is overexposed she is simply the best means to attract viewers. The other cast other than a few wouldn’t be enought to capture the eye of joe citizen. There was support if they were to do a “Faith” show but it is my belief that the nielson families will not be there for the show. All the Buffy, Firefly fans and people like us have very little to say in the shows success. I hope it at least gets a shot. Time will either promote someone or expose them. I wish Joss and Eliza the best.

Roco January 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm

But is Eliza Dushku the only “strength” they have to offer? Whilst she is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, most people need more than that when deciding whether or not to invest their time in a(nother) high concept series such as DH. Don’t get me wrong, 5 or so months ago I was of the opinion that they needed to ‘show off’ Dushku in order to create more awaremess for the show. But that’s all they’ve done (lazy, uninspired marketing, or budget cuts?) – why haven’t we heard (much) from any of the other actors, for example? Amy Acker, Tahmoh Penikett, Olivia Williams, Mark Sheppard (even though he has a small part) are surely deserving of higher exposure?

That said, my problem is that we’re hearing the same thing over and over again, and it’s getting to the point where it’s looking more like one persons ‘showcase’ than a collective effort.

You may be right about “Tru Calling”, but I’d bet that many folks don’t even remember that show. If Dollhouse is the Eliza Dushku Show in disguise then I’ll be very disappointed because I’m not a fan. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, I just mean that she’s done nothing in the industry that has really grabbed my attention. Dollhouse could change all that, but so far I’m confused as to why she is the only face representing the show..other than the fact that she’s the co-producer.

Which again makes me think that perhaps this is all about her, rather than what I feel is actually a very good premise. I feel that they’re doing this thing backwards – the show should come first and any glory/acclaim comes later.

Just my opinion though, and like you I wish them all well. But a blog wouldn’t be a blog if not for opinions.

Bad Mouth February 18, 2009 at 7:39 am

Well, Tru Calling was brilliant and it was a real shame it got canned. Eliza Dushku is lovely to look at, but her limitations as an actress were plain to see as her first role as negotiator in the pilot. Are we expected to believe that she will get better as her roles are extended over the following episodes? This episode was a car crash in so many ways. Put it out of its misery and leave us our fond memories of Eliza.

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