It's a melancholy time in the Whedonverse, as one of its own has passed away before his time. Actor Andy Hallett, who played the demon Lorne in Angel, died Sunday night from heart failure, reports E! Online. He had been battling heart disease for five years.
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 ...Read more
Is that Faith and Lilah of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel universe? The comparison can't be helped; Dollhouse is another Joss Whedon creation, after all.
CBS has picked up two drama pilots, Twilight and Babylon Fields, while Fox has ordered the comedy pilots Hackett and Two Families.
Twilight centers on a private investigator/vampire who struggles with the repercussions of immortality, his adversaries in the vampire world, and the love he feels for a mortal.
Babylon Fields is described as a comedic drama in which the dead are resurrected and try to resume their former lives.
At Fox, Hackett centers on Thomas Hackett, a bad-boy literary luminary who escapes his troubles with women and a disgraced career teaching at Yale to become a public high school teacher in Ohio.
Two Families is about two sets of adult siblings who learn they have the same bigamist father.
There's only one entertainer in television with Godlike power to control the audience at will, telling timeless stories that stir emotions and form a cultlike devotion. That person is...Oprah.
But just behind her, and no slack himself, is the irreplaceable Joss Whedon. The creator of such cult hits as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel, Whedon is a hero among those who demand quality fantasy and his seemingly endless well of creativity churns out hit after hit. In short, Whedon is a smart dude who lives to entertain.
But when the writers' strike hit late last year, Whedon was forced to stop doing what he loved. Searching the rules of the strike and finding a loophole, he and a team of writers decided to make a low-budget Internet series during their downtime.
The series, named Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, launched this morning on the Web at ...Read more
This episode had so much more going on than previous episodes, as the Dollhouse storyline gets more serious.