Welcome to Whedon's Dollhouse

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There’s a great interview with Joss Whedon in the L.A. Times about his latest TV project, due out in January — Dollhouse — which he will be writing, directing, and producing, at least at first.

Dollhouse will star Eliza Dushku (Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and FOX has apparently guaranteed Whedon seven episodes. Of course, we’ve all been burnt by FOX before, many times over, so it’s probably not a good idea to hope for much. But seven hours of Whedon (4.5 after commercials) is a nice treat in and of itself, so I’ll take what I can get. Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky this time.

According to Wikipedia: “In Dollhouse, Dushku plays a young woman named Echo, a member of a group of people known as ‘Actives’ or ‘Dolls’ who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, including memory, muscle memory, skills, and language, for different assignments. They’re then hired out for particular jobs, crimes, fantasies, and occasional good deeds. In between tasks, they are mind-wiped into a child-like state and live in a futuristic dormitory/laboratory, a hidden facility nicknamed ‘The Dollhouse’. The story follows Echo, who begins, in her mind-wiped state, to become self-aware.”

Also on board for the cast so far are Amy Acker (Fred/Illyria from Angel) and Tahmoh Penikett (Helo from Battlestar Galactica).

Don’t know about you, but I’m sold. Is it January yet?

EDITED TO ADD: Here’s the first publicity still …

Dollhouse Publicity Still

See More Dollhouse Publicity Stills at IGN.com
Photo Credit: FOX

5 thoughts on “Welcome to Whedon's Dollhouse

  1. Michael

    Nothing against Eliza Dushku, but wouldn’t Summer Glau have been fantastic in this? Of course, she’s also great in the Terminator series, so……..CAN’T wait for the patented Whedon blend of humor, action and angst.

  2. GeekBoy

    Hm. I love Summer, but I think Eliza has more of the range needed for a role like this. Summer always has that slightly crazy/cold aura in everything she does, which wouldn’t quite work for a character who I assume will need to blend in seamlessly to whatever her latest assignment is. Of course, I only know Summer from what I’ve seen her in, and for all I know, she might have more range than her previous casting indicates. Anyway, she’s perfect for the Terminator part, so I’m content to have her stay right there.

    If/when Joss gets this ball rolling, I’m sure he’s already got a string of cameos lined up for all of his favorite players from Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.

  3. Michael

    If/when Joss gets this ball rolling, I’m sure he’s already got a string of cameos lined up for all of his favorite players from Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.

    You’re killing me!

  4. GeekBoy

    Hm. More interesting news about this show …

    Entertainment President Kevin Reilly and Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori have settled on these two ambitious new series, Fringe and Dollhouse, as the recipients of a new Fox experiment they’re calling “Remote-Free TV.” In those two shows, for their entire season runs, commercial ad and promo time will be cut by half, with no more than five minutes of interruptions per hour for network commercial minutes.

    So maybe it WILL be closer to 7 hours, after all.

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