November 10, 2008

I have high hopes for Joss Whedon‘s new series.

Despite being on Fox, the network that hunted down and destroyed Firefly (for which I’ll not easily forgive them), Joss has gone back to them with his new show – I like to think of it as Joe 90 meets Alias.

Eliza Dushku, Faith in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, gets to play a secret agent type whose mind is wiped after each mission. I always did say debriefings go so much better when you’re the sole survivor and frankly if you can remove even your own jaded history it’s that much smoother again.

But then came the news that Fox had decided it didn’t really like the pilot episode (oh-oh) and that a new one would be needed (deja vu all over again).

Finally we get to see a trailer:

and in true Fox tradition, they immediately announce the show will air not on the Monday night slot it originally promised (where people would actually see it) but on the Friday night Death to the Show we Don’t Understand slot.

The full list of DTTSWDU precedents is found here:

The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993)
MANTIS (1994)
Strange Luck (1995)
VR.5 (1995)
Sliders (1996)
Millennium (1996)
The Visitor (1997)
Harsh Realm (1999)
Freakylinks (2000)
Dark Angel (2000)
The Lone Gunmen (2001)
John Doe (2003)
Firefly (2003) (hattip: Ain’t It Cool).

In fact, the only show to do well in that slot was the X-Files and that was a hundred years ago.

So, good luck to you Joss. I’ll watch the show. I might even love the show. But I won’t expect to see a second series and I imagine I’ll be watching most of it on DVD.


4 Responses to “Dollhouse”

  1. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    How to kill a series, let me count the ways:
    1. Get Fox involved.

    Whedon is a bankable asset, he has a proven track record in creating well viewed programming. Hell, Firefly is the first series I know of which was primarily distributed by DVD through fans in an ever expanding circle. All the people I know who love Firefly did not see a single episode on broadcast television.

    Whedon can helm a series which can do that. He also created an informal school for Television writers to learn their craft and go on. How often have you watched something and thought “That’s great, say wasn’t that writer in ‘Buffy’?”. But Fox just see him as a weird creater of late night nonsense. Brilliant: those boys at Fox really know their stuff.

    The nameless villains in this piece though are the other networks. If I was one of Fox’s competitors, getting a Whedon series up and running, and bringing in the bacon, and the merchandising bacon, and the viewers, would be my prime aim. Where are they, why does Whedon need to go back to Fox?

  2. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    P.S. the Trailer is awesome. So want to see all twelve episodes in the disorganised sequence that the network decides to screen them in, before it is canned.

  3. audent Says:

    I just came across a blog devoted to Marti Noxon, one of the key writers from the Buffy era. She’s worked on Gray’s Anatomy, Private Practice and now Mad Men. There’s some good quoting in there that made me remember why Buffy was so very very good. I’ll blog about it. Got a hairless dog to write about now!

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