Whedon, Dushku welcomed to the Dollhouse

Praise the heavens, Joss Whedon is returning to television. The creator of cult favorite shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel has signed a new deal with Fox for a new action-drama series, reports TVWeek.com.

Titled Dollhouse, the show will star former Buffy player Eliza Dushku as a secret agent named Echo. However, she won't be simply flashing a badge and kicking criminals in the face. Each of the agents in Echo's group can have abilities and personalities uploaded into themselves for specific assignments; when they complete the assignment, the memories are wiped from their minds. Dushku's character eventually begins to figure out what is transpiring and realizes that she is being used.

"[Dollhouse] deals with our darkest impulses and our best ones," Whedon said. "It deals with all the things I like to deal with--strength, weakness, power, and corruption."

Dollhouse has been given a seven-episode commitment with Fox, and is expected to premiere sometime next year. The idea apparently came to Whedon over a recent lunch meeting with Dushku.

As for the tone of the show, Whedon thinks that Buffy fans will be pleased. "If [Buffy fans] could only see what's in my head right now... They should be [excited]," Whedon told TVWeek.

This marks Whedon's first return to running a television show since Buffy spinoff Angel went off the air in 2004. This also ends Whedon's standoff with Fox, which came about after the network canceled Firefly after only 11 episodes (which were shown out of order).

"It's a brand new day over [at Fox]," said Whedon. "It's a completely new bunch of people and they seem really intelligent and supportive."

Whedon is also working on Ripper, another Buffy spinoff, as well as taking the occasional guest directing spot on The Office.

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Yes! I've been waiting for Joss Whedon to come up with another brilliant idea for TV since Angel ended. I have loved every TV series he has blessed Television with and I have no doubt I'm going to love Dollhouse, and I also cannot wait to see Eliza Dushku back on screen.
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Joss Whedon is a fantastic writer (television, comics, and big screen). Dollhouse is going to be awesome, provided Fox gives it a chance to grow...unlike Firefly which is and always will be my personal favorite.
Welcome back to television...its about time!!
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Flerrel: Recently I've gotten back into the Buffyverse and I've got to say, Joss's shows age with the teenagers. You'd have to watch it to realize that. Don't knock it til you try it.
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Joss' shows keep getting cancelled? Yeak ok pal. Angel lasted five seasons, and Buffy seven - Buffy could have gone longer except SMG didnt want too. Only Firefly was cancelled and that was because the episodes were shown out of order, it got zero promotion and they kept switching the time slot.



Five to seven years is a damn long time for a show. Also, what the heck do you mean it lacks originality? When or where exactly has this concept been done before?
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Thought this was the place where you can comment on the news-article..? Then where's my previous comment?!?!?! not positive enough for you? Joss Whedon's shows show potential but are too immature in my opinion, really frakked up some good premises. and this one isn't even good.. lacks all originality. And I really don't believe he'll compensate all that with his "superior directing". Maybe it's time to realize why his shows keep getting cancelled...? teenagers get old, Joss' shows don't :)
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Hell, yeah! But I hope this will last, not like Tru Calling :( . Anyway, except for Firefly, Whedon shows have been succesful, so I hope this will be lucky as Buffy and Angel. Anyway, anything they both do is great!
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That's great news, but I'm getting tired of my TV shows being at the mercy of ratings. (See Firefly, Veronica Mars, Jericho, etc). TV shows should be complete, not cut off in mid season!!
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I cannot wait to see this. I have been wondering when/if Eliza was going to do another show. Good luck to them all.
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Go Joss Go!!! It'll be nice to have you back! I can't wait to see Eliza again too! It's been too long....
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Can not wait for this show it is going to be great!!!
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This is the greatest news since the return of Christ. Okay maybe not that exciting but close
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Great new, I can't wait!!!
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I cant believe this! This is excellent! Yay them!
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Fantastic news although like most I'm a bit suss about Fox - they're notorious for pulling the pin on anything creative... Serenity, Wonderfalls.. the list goes on. Hope Joss is right because anything he does is fantastic and I just don't trust Fox (which I believe is aptly named - sly and cunning with flexible agendas. The gingerbread man thought it was onto a good thing and hello.....)
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Joss Whedon is has an incredible creative talent and I cannot wait until Dollhouse airs. I can just imagine what his angle will be with this new show!
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A reply to various posts, since I have enough pride to set things straight...



-name of series is intriguing: Please keep the feminist attitude (or whatever you want to call the attitude of ignoring the narrow-minded heads of the people who dislike the title) and don't let go of the title "Dollhouse"!



-Eliza Dushku's acting is always cool, and I loved every episode of Buffy/Angel she was in along with Tru Calling (which wasn't so inferior, I reckon).



-Is Joss really not being sarcastic when he says that Fox is different now? Dollhouse is planned to be just seven episodes, but then Drive (created by Tim Minear) of last year was canceled after a measly four episodes!



-Ripper is going to be a BBC MOVIE spin-off, not a show spin-off. Thank god. Unless people want to go back to doing a show, but comics should be the end of it. Or continuation of it, for those scared of the word "end," but it means the same thing.



-I can't wait for the sequels to Serenity! No presure on the creators, though, I guess. And I can't wait for Goners, or Cabin in the Woods, or whatever the film Joss and friends finished the script for is called.



-The Office - I must watch - me now like Office...
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I am so excited! I love everything Josh Whedon has done!
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this is great news, though i'm sorry it'll be on fox. but dushku had a development deal in place with fox, so shopping the idea around to another network wasn't really an option. hopefully the "new people" at fox have a bit more patience than the old ones.
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YESSS!!!!!.. i been a huge fan of Joss Whedon`s work. So i missed not seeing any of his work on tv last years. i have all seasons of Buffy/Angel/firefly. Got so excited when i saw this, maybe even 2 new shows:). Dollhouse and Ripper:). No one can make series as joss can. N1.
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Woohoo! :D I can't wait! This sounds good.

Joss is Boss :)
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It's about time Fox plays something good. Whedon is the master and this will be a huge hit!!! Cant wait
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There's no doubt that Joss Whedon is a certified genius. There's also no doubt that the Fox programming executives are certified imbeciles. So, I give this show about 6 episodes before they've screwed it up to the point that they cancel it then receive promotions for a job well done.
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Great new I can't wait
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to quote a friend, this is like being told that god just released a sequel to the bible. between joss and eliza this series CANNOT go wrong, and i just pray that the goons over @ fox recognize that.
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YES!!!!! Joss Whedon is back!!! I also hated FOX for the longest time because of their idiotic cancellations they would pull. Wonderfalls, Tru Calling, Firefly & Fastlane just to name a few. All outstanding shows not given a chance because FOX sucked!!! Hopefully they have changed and will give this new show a chance because it sounds awesome!! But then again anything Joss does is bound to be amazing!!!
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im so excited and the thing about the writes strike...that might help this show because joss sed he got seven script ideas all approved and some of them written....so if other shows are off the air people will wanna watch this cuz nuthing else will be on. IM SO EXCITED kuz i LOOOOVE eliza to death and i love joss and buffy and scifi!
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It's a little sad how giddy this makes me feel. Now lets hope that the writers strike doesn't hurt this show.
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I think i will love this show... i mean is joss whedon the creator of the best show ever ( Buffy) and faith... lol i will love vloe loved this show!!!

Buffy
Angel
4EVER!!!
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I'm going to love this show.

I never watched Firefly but I'm a huge fan of Buffy and Angel.
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Joss says that Veronica Mars is the best show ever and even thou it had a bit more "real world grit" than buffy, if thats what he is aspiring to then i'm not so sure...
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Any thematic relation to the Ibsen drama, I wonder? Good to see Whedon back on TV...
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The wait is over, Joss Wheedon+TV-series=good news of epic proportions!!

(me: dances the dance of joy)
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i thought he swore that he wont work with FOX any more after Firefly.
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Ripper is supposed to be made for the BBC. Angel is being continued in comics like Buffy has. "After the Fall" is a new Angel comic series coming up in the next couple of months. While, in an interview with Geek Monthly, Joss has said that it won't be directly regarded as "Season 6", it is set during Season 6 using material that he had planned for that season if it had continued.
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Sounds pretty interesting, hope it is very good.
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(from above about Amber Benson's acting skills)

"Tara on Buffy...was weak and kinda whiny"



That's exactly what Tara's character was supposed to be! But like many of the Buffy characters, her character started out with some flaws and overcame them to become an important member of the Scooby gang defending us all from evil demons!
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sounds promising
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Ill watch this new shop but does anyone know how to get a hold of Joss Whedon cause i want to convince him to make one more season of angel or make a movie trilogy to finish the series.
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Joss Whedon is amazing, can't wait to see this show! :D
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i'm excited but will it last?

just look at tru calling-brillant show got cancelled.
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that sounds pretty good. i think i just might tune in!
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Sounds like an interesting concept, but I'm reserving judgment until I see the first few episodes.
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Thank the heavens! This is the best news I've heard since I found out Buffy was continuing as a comic! Go Joss!
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whats the point of watching a new show on fox?? they cancelled Tru Calling with Eliza and it was great!!



the buffy spin off better not be on Fox cuz i wont even watch...ok maybe i will...but knowing fox..if it doesnt get great ratings in the first show theyll cancel :(
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A series based on Giles... interesting (if I recall correctly, Rupert's nickname was Ripper)
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Why Fox?..
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Not Bond--more like "The Bourne Identity" and "Total Recall" combined.
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I love joss' work and will be excited if this gets picked up in England otherwise it means waiting for a DVD release as i did after foolishly missing Firefly on TV. I love dushku as well a think she is a terrific actress and made Faith and Tru great characters, my only hope is that some other Buffy, Angel or Firefly come onboard i'd, particularly like Nathan Fillion or James Marsters, but also Charisma Carpenter or Vincent Kartheiser or Nich Brendon The guy who played Andrew on Buffy pretty much anyone who starred on his other shows, if as the title suggests it might be a largely female cast then i'd, love to see Gina Torres, Morena Baccharin, Amy Acker, Stephanie Romanov, Michelle Trachtenberg, Emma Caulfield or some of the other women who've worked with him before such as Clare Cramer or Juliet Landau with the exception of Amber Benson i don't think she's that good an actress, i never liked Tara on Buffy she was weak and kinda whiny.
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:) joss is back , tv can't get any better than this
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My prayers have been answered! Joss is back! But fox suck, so it'll probably be cut after those 7 episodes :(:(
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