Joss Whedon has shaken off the shackles of Wonder Woman and finally gotten over the failure of Firefly and is returning to TV with a new show, although where he’s decided to place it is open to debate. The show is Dollhouse, and the place is FOX. It’s one of those shows with a high-concept premise that wows, and it’ll premiere sometime in 2008 with Eliza Dushku fronting it. FOX has already given Whedon a seven-episode commitment, and expects to shell out between $1.5 million to $2 million per episode. Again, I’d have prefer it if Whedon didn’t go into business with FOX again, after how the network killed his Firefly show a few years ago. But hey, if Whedon doesn’t mind what they previously did to him, who am I to get my boxers into a bunch over it?
More about Dollhouse from EW:
[The show] will chronicle the exploits of a group of individuals who are “imprinted with personality packages” — meaning that they can assume a variety of indentities (language skills, physical talents, memories, etc.) to be used for all types of tasks. When these missions are over, the individuals have their memories erased and reside in a guarded laboratory known as the Dollhouse; Dushku’s Echo, however, is slowly coming of consciousness.
“We call it a suspense-drama-mythology-comedy-action-horror musical,” Whedon half-jokes of the show, which will bend and blend genres in typical Joss fashion. “The main thrust is the thruline of Echo as a sort of newly born character who goes, ‘Wait a minute — I exist. Wow. So who would I be? And how dangerous is it for me to let anybody know that I know that I exist?’ Not unlike the Frankenstein myth, it’s, ‘Who made me, who am I, and why am I?'”
I’d watch it. Then again, I’d watch pretty much anything with Eliza Dushku, who, for my money, was the hottest vampire slayer that ever slay vampires.