Fox Renews Dollhouse For Season 2

by admin on May 16, 2009 · 10 comments

Dollhouse Renewed - Say What?

I didn’t expect to be making this announcement, but the unthinkable has happened – Dollhouse has been renewed by Fox for a second season (13 episodes):

In a stunning move, sources say Fox has renewed Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” for next fall.

The official announcement will not be made until Monday at the network’s upfront presentation, but sources confirm a deal has been struck for another 13 episodes. Fox plans to continue the show on Fridays next fall.

The low-rated series was last seen given up for dead by the media in a field somewhere.

But the show’s DVR numbers are huge (averaging a 40% bump), online streaming is strong. It’s a sci-fi show, which tend to bring in strong ancillary revenue such as DVD sales for sister-company studio 20th TV. And it’s said that Fox execs rather like the series, especially the latter half of the season. Besides, a show airing in the fall on Fox is a bit like running in midseason on most networks — it’s not the network’s strongest part of the year and maybe … maybe …

All right, fine.

The move is tougher to explain than most, especially based on the show’s ratings. A “Dollhouse” pickup is a shock, an underdog comeback that blows away NBC’s will-they-or-won’t-they hand-wringing over “Chuck” (psst, they almost certainly will). In fact, “Dollhouse” might very well be the lowest-rated in-season scripted drama to ever get a renewal on a major broadcast network. Almost certainly if based on where the show concluded — a 1.0 among adults 18-49.

Basically this is a case of a bunch of minor decision-making factors successfully ganging up on the biggest factor (ratings). In addition to DVD sales, streaming and DVR influences, Fox received some serious budget concessions from 20th TV and Whedon to continue the show, with 20th now shouldering a greater portion of the load.

Another factor was the show’s unaired 13th episode, which Whedon shot on a shoestring budget for the “Dollhouse” first season DVD set. Whedon presented it to the network as an example of how “Dollhouse” can achieve a high-quality production with a lesser budget.

The renewal also means Fox is bringing back all three of its freshman dramas for a second season — “Fringe,” “Lie to Me” and “Dollhouse” — which is a nice boast in challenging year for broadcasters.

Source: THR

Adam May 16, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I’m ecstatic for this. I have a lot of faith in this show, and they can only go up from the first season (I hope). But we’ve seen it before with Buffy, the second season was 10x better in every way.

If you haven’t watched any of the episodes since episode 6, there are a few that are better than it. A Spy in the House of Love and Briar Rose are both pretty good. The finale is kind of a mess, but its still worth watching.

Roco May 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for the heads-up — I’ll keep an eye out for those episodes.

Josh May 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm

A Spy in the House of Love, Needs, And Briar Rose are all EXCELLENT episodes, along with Man on the Street. Also the entire plot for Topher in Haunted is just great. So happy and excited this is getting a season 2. Roco, I did not agree with your views about this show, and felt like you bailed out to early, but am really hoping you come back for the 2nd season. This site is really well put together, organized, and does not freeze my computer like dollverse. lol.

Roco May 18, 2009 at 5:05 am

Thanks for the episode tips. I’m going to try and catch up with the episodes during the summer to see what I make of them.

K May 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

We can’t forget that the first season of Buffy was kind of whatever, i’m a huge fan, don’t get me wrong, but thats season probably didn’t get to much support, anyway there were funny episodes, regular episodes… and we started to knowing the characters. Then the Second season was like WOAAAH, and that was the real beginning of Buffy as a TV legend.
I’m not trying to compare the shows, they are diferent, Dollhouse is darker and creepier in so many ways, and in my opinion ther were many more “WOAH” episodes in this first season that in Buffy’s first. The thing i’m trying to say, I think, is that Whedon probably is just showing us the character, the dollhouse and how thing may work on this universe, and giving the chance to a second season.. I hope is just all the show need to lift off.
I’m not understanding why people was so dissapointed, anyway, even a “bad ” episode of dollhouse seems to me very above of some of the “great” episodes of some series that are getting outrageous success and a huge fanbase, since a couple of seasons.
Well, anyway that’s just my opinion, and I’m not a crazy incondicional fan, I have a very little patience with things I don’t like, so I would not watching it if I wasn’t enjoy it. And Hell, I joy it like a little child with a bag of jellybeans and candies! (?)

Adam May 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Ugh. I heard FOX might try Dollhouse again on fridays. What was the point of renewing it when DH was getting murdered in that timeslot?

Dawn May 19, 2009 at 9:35 am

I love this show, and I am very glad it is coming back for another season. I was a bit worried it might get cut since Firefly and Tru Calling got cut. I kind of wish He would just put his show’s on the Sci-fi channel and it might have a better chance of success. I am still a little bitter over Tru Calling getting the Axe!

Sophie July 15, 2009 at 5:08 am

When will season 2 be on television?

Adam July 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

It begins on Friday September 25th.

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