Dollhouse Shuts Down Production for 2 Weeks

by admin on September 11, 2008 · 3 comments

Joss Whedon needs more timeBad news, or perhaps good news in that Dollhouse has shut down production for 2 weeks. Korbi at Zap2it has more:

The highly-anticipated Dollhouse, from acclaimed TV guru Joss Whedon, has shut down production for two weeks. I’m told that because Joss directed two of the three episodes already shot, he has not had sufficient time to be in the writers room and tailor the upcoming scripts to his liking. A rep from 20th Century Fox — the studio behind Dollhouse— said Joss came to them asking for a couple weeks to regroup and they were happy to give it to him, adding that the situation is very similar to 24‘s: With several episodes in the can and both series not scheduled to debut until mid season, they have the luxury of being able to shut down and reexamine their direction without delaying their premiere date.

Said the rep, “We have every confidence that [the extra time] will allow Joss to make the show the best it can possibly be. It’s very rare that you have a head writer who is also directing two episodes in a row. But we are happy that Joss is directing, because this is his vision.”

The reason why I say that this is possibly good news, is because it’s clear now that Joss Whedon needs more time to get things right. I want him to get things right, because I really don’t want to be watching a show that he himself is not completely happy with. Seriously, I have better things to do than to see another potentially great show getting mis-handled, reputation or no reputation. That said, it does make me wonder what kind of show we’d be getting if they didn’t have the luxury of a mid-season launch! To counter that, perhaps the planning (of the show) would have been better from the get-go, or perhaps there would have been better delegation?

Anyways, I don’t think there’s much reason to panic, it’s just another test of faith, that’s all.

UPDATE: Thanks to tvfreak on the forums who also posted this news.

wiesengrund September 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm

i am definitely more worried about this article about the hiatus.

Roco September 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Thanks for this, very interesting read.

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