From the very moment that Joss Whedon‘s latest show, Dollhouse, debuted on Fox, people wondered how long it would be before the show was canceled. This is the crystal example of expectations when it comes to fan-favorite shows on the network, and it is really quite unfortunate. However, to many shocked eyes, the show beamed through its freshman season, gaining a solid core of fans along the way; and even more surprisingly, was able to acquire its very own second season order.
Sadly, on this day, the news is much more grim. It has been confirmed that Twentieth Century Fox has officially canceled Dollhouse, cutting off its head at around the half-way mark of its sophomore effort. This will surely infuriate the show’s many fans, especially if those fans were also lovers of Dollhouse‘s older brother, Firefly, which wasn’t even able to finish one season before the axe was dropped. Fox still hears an undying plea from the fans to bring back that show, even five years later…so expect fans of Dollhouse to fight the same fight.
Here is what Joss Whedon had to say about yet another Fox cancellation of his work:
I don’t have a lot to say. I’m extremely proud of the people I’ve worked with: my star (Eliza Dushku
), my staff, my cast, my crew. I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months. I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.
Whedon also addressed his plans. “I’m off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking. Possibly that relaxation thing I’ve read so much about. By the time the last episode airs, you’ll know what my next project is. But for now there’s a lot of work still to be done, and disappointment to bear.
Thank you all for your support, your patience, your excellent adverts.
See you again.
If there is one thing that fans can take the most minuscule amount of solace in, it is the fact that Fox is not instantly killing the show. Dollhouse is currently filming episode #11, and the series will return to finish its thirteen-episode order on December 4. Since these episodes are not completed yet, the show has the rare opportunity to figure out a way to tie all of its loose ends up, and make sure the story has a legitimate conclusion. Although this is usually very difficult to pull off when you have a story set up for many seasons, it is by far better than seeing the pre-existing final episode which leaves you wondering for all eternity what might have been.