Reports: Dollhouse Canceled

by admin on November 11, 2009 · 10 comments

Dollhouse gets the chop

It’s been a while since I have updated this site but I think now is an appropriate time. According to reports, Dollhouse has been canceled by FOX. Although the remaining episodes of the 13 order will be go to air as planned:

This has been a busy week for cancellations. The latest addition to the TV graveyard: Dollhouse.
According to multiple insiders, Fox has informed Joss Whedon that it will not be ordering additional installments of his low-rated drama beyond the current 13-episode order. On the bright side, the network still plans to burn off the remaining unaired episodes beginning in December. Hey, it’s something.
Dollhouse has been averaging a mere 3 million viewers this season. Last season — when fan support, together with significant budget cuts, helped it to get an odds-defying second-year pickup — the show averaged 4.7 million.

I’ll have more to say on this in the coming weeks once we get official confirmation, and I’ll also give my first and final thoughts on the episodes that have aired. Although I had my issues with the direction and quality of the series, it’s never nice when a show that had so much potential gets canceled.

Phoenix November 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Well, I can’t say that I’m entirely surprised, but, disappointed? Sure. I am, however, nowhere near as bitter as I was for other shows because of how “Dollhouse” was treated during its second season.

I mean, let’s be honest: none of us thought we were going to GET a second season. Also, they’re not only letting Whedon and Co. FINISH the season, they also let them know in advance that they were writing a series finale so they had enough time to give fans a more satisfying ending. This is much more consideration than they ever gave fans of other shows (Firefly, Tru Calling, Point Pleasant, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, etc).

I, for one, plan to thoroughly enjoy all the double-shots in December and look forward to an excellent finale with much tear-shedding by us loyal fans. I hope that Whedon will continue with this ‘verse in the form of comic books (a la Buffy and Angel) or a movie (a la Firefly/Serenity). Either way, it’s been an amazing two years.

Linda November 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I’m beginning to think that the Fox execs just don’t get Joss Whedon. (I’m not saying I have a perfect understanding myself, however, I’m at least willing to wait patiently until he shows us where he’s going). The premise of Dollhouse is complex and the storylines possible are nearly infinite – let the man tell his story for Pete’s sake! Buffy and Angel were allowed to develop and look how well they did. Fireflly was another vehicle with infinite possibilities – had Fox let the audience grow organicly, Joss wouldn’t have had to kill off my favourite characters in the movie. I read 1500 page, three/six/ten book series all the time – I LIKE big, complicated stories – and I’m not the only one – the network just has to wait a bit for us all to come to the show!

Adam December 8, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Post your thoughts on the latest episodes soon! I think there has been some excellent ones this season.

Phoenix December 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

I really hope that you post your thoughts on some of the season two episodes, because I still miss your amazing deconstructions of previous episodes and season two has been beyond amazing since episode four, “Belonging,” when they finally just switched to all-out mythology and completely abandoned the standalones.

Roco December 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Hi guys,

I’ll definitely be posting my thoughts on the 2nd season at some point. I’m not sure how extensive it will be, but I do plan on doing a comprehensive review of the series finale.


merlin December 18, 2009 at 3:55 pm

dude, dollhouse is hella awesome!

Page 48 December 19, 2009 at 10:27 am

DH didn’t deserve a 2nd season, but thank God it got one. I would have personally pulled the life-support even as late as 2.1, but since being canceled, DH has become one of the best things on TV.

Why they waited so long to get past the ho of the week episodes is way beyond me. This is just more proof (as if it was needed) that mythology laden serialized TV is the proper way to go. Maybe “Fringe” is just waiting to be canceled so they can start rolling out the good stuff in 2-hour blocks every week.

Shame it had to be this way.

Phoenix December 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I was actually a fan of the show from day one, but there were some episodes that just *never* needed to happen in both seasons — one in particular *cough*”Stage Fright”*cough cough* that still sends shudders of bad-TV horrors down my spine.

But I was always interested enough in the premise, the questions that it raised, and the moral issues it tried (and at times briefly succeeded) to explore. But it is a tad annoying that it waited to actually get *this* good until this late in the game.

Also, you’re completely right about “Fringe;” I loved the first season and since then have had to convince myself to actually tune in to it week after week. It’s just lost *something* that I can’t even really describe and it desperately needs to get it back. Fast.

Glenn Grossman December 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I was a fan of the show from the first episode… not a huge fan… just a fan. It was one of the few shows that I watched regularly. I liked the show, but wasn’t surprised to see it cancelled.

However, the last few shows have been BRILLIANT. I’m upset I wasn’t more active in showing my support for it, publicly. Is there anyone I can write to express my dissatisfaction? Maybe the show could go away for a year, then come back the next season. It truly would be a huge loss if this show goes away forever. It was really starting to get amazing. It would definitely have started capturing the fan-base from other shows like “Lost” and Battle Star Gallactica”, if it continued.

A Too- Late fan.

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