Joss Whedon: Chances of a ‘Dollhouse’ renewal are ‘not very good’


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Right around episode 6, ‘Dollhouse’ kicked into creative high-gear -- but it might have been a little too late.

Series creator Joss Whedon, speaking on a ‘Dr. Horrible’ panel Tuesday night at the Paley Festival, said the possibility of the show receiving a second-season pickup was, well, rather grim.


The chances are ‘not very good,’ he said, according to ‘Obviously our numbers are pretty soft ... but we live in hope.

‘I’m really proud of the episodes that are coming out,’ Whedon said. ‘More than that, I can’t really ask.’

His comments follow the recent news that Fox would not be airing ‘Dollhouse’s’ 13th episode, a stand-alone episode titled ‘Epitaph One’ that the studio asked to be added on to the first season’s 12 to package for sale on DVD and overseas. Whedon elaborated on the episode’s set-up: ‘[I agreed to shoot] a post-apocalyptic thriller that’s all on our sets in six days with a cast of four other people ... and peppered with different bits from our regular cast. ... It’s one of the best episodes we’ve ever made.’

The most recent episode of ‘Dollhouse’ delivered a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers overall. A renewal for its Friday-night lead-in, ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,’ is even less likely. Fox will announce its fall schedule May 18.

-- Denise Martin

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