Dollhouse Is Now Worth Watching – Press Release

by admin on August 28, 2009 · 2 comments

Dollhouse Spoiler Alert!

FOX have released a press release for the second season of Dollhouse, which details the arrival of some new faces for season 2.

Click the jump to read the press release:

Summer Glau

SUMMER GLAU MOVES INTO JOSS WHEDON’S “DOLLHOUSE”

ALEXIS DENISOF, JAMIE BAMBER, MICHAEL HOGAN AND KEITH CARRADINE MAKE GUEST APPEARANCES DURING SEASON TWO

Series Returns Friday, September 25, on FOX

Summer Glau (“Firefly,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) reunites with Joss Whedon when the actress joins the cast of DOLLHOUSE this fall in a recurring role as BENNETT, a Dollhouse employee who shares a past with ECHO (Eliza Dushku). The second season of DOLLHOUSE premieres Friday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Additional guest stars appearing throughout the upcoming second season include Alexis Denisof (“Angel”), Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Keith Carradine (“Dexter”). DANIEL PERRIN (Denisof) is a U.S. senator leading a witch hunt to track down the underground organization. Mysterious, charismatic businessman MARTIN KLAR (Bamber) is Echo’s new husband. BRADLEY KARRENS (Hogan) comes to the Dollhouse hoping to stop a psychotic family member’s killing spree, while MATTHEW HARDING (Carradine), a nemesis of Dollhouse leader ADELLE DEWITT (Olivia Williams), stirs up trouble. Additionally, DR. CLAIRE SAUNDERS/WHISKEY (Amy Acker) and MADELINE/NOVEMBER (Miracle Laurie) return this season in multiple-episode arcs.

DOLLHOUSE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Joss Whedon, who also serves as executive producer, writer and director. Tim Minear and David Solomon are executive producers, while Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas are co-executive producers. Additionally, series star Eliza Dushku serves as a producer.

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Well, Dollhouse just became more worthwhile all of a sudden. I do worry about Summer Glau being typecast but I think she’ll bring something extra to the show.

Phoenix August 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Well, what else can be said but YES! I can’t wait for the second season; it looks like it’s going to be a much greater season-spanning story arc as well as gaining that needed importance that some viewers were complaining about. I’m not too concerned with Summer Glau getting typecast because Whedon specifically said that if he did get her that he wasn’t going to put her directly into another martial-arts style role, so it’ll be interesting to see where that goes.

I’m also quite curious how the writers are going to pull off the return of Madeleine/November, after the end of last season. It’s looking like Whedon may just follow his own examples and make the second season miles better than the first season. I really can’t wait for the second season to start!

Page 48 August 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

It certainly wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think that Joss could improve on the dismal Season 1 of “Dollhouse”. It’s a freak of nature that he’s even getting the opportunity. The TV gods usually aren’t kind to great shows, let alone toe-stubbers like DH.

I must say that bringing in the talent gives me an enthusiasm reboot for this series. If anything makes up for the cancellation of the better of the 2 shows (Sarah Connor as opposed to DH), it’s that Joss has taken advantage of the sitch by hiring Summer Glau.

Raising the BSG actor count to 4 (so far) is also a nice touch, and should boost ratings if not the quality of the show. Trisha Helfer surely can’t be far behind, having appeared in every TV show imaginable in the last 2 years.

I’ve been very surprised so far with the lack of big-name casting on that other freshman FOX show, “Fringe”. Early days of “Alias” pulled in masterful Tarantino and Dunaway storylines and also featured familiar names like Roger Moore, Christian Slater, Ricky Gervais and Ethan Hawke. While Nimoy is known to all, I wonder if JJ is deliberately taking the opposite approach of Whedon by steering well clear of his previous associations and the cast-offs from other popular shows that have run their course. If so, would Abrams turn to his Rolodex of familiar names if ratings on “Fringe” were in the tank a la “Dollhouse”.

Which is the better course of action? Personally, I prefer Whedon’s casting approach, but Whedon still has to prove to me that DH is worth watching, regardless of on-screen talent. That’s not to imply that Abrams doesn’t have a lot of work to do to bring “Fringe” up to it’s advertised “thriller” status, either, but even the most die-hard Whedon fans would have to concede that DH, in its inaugural season, has been lapped by “Fringe”, albeit with only half as many episodes.

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