Dollhouse gains airing guarantee

DVR numbers boost ailing show’s chances.

watch-dollhouse-season-2-episode-1-s02e01-2x01-online-free-streaming-imageDollhouse has been given a guarantee that its remaining roster of episodes in the second season will be aired by Fox, after DVR numbers gave the show a 50% boost to its audience base.

The series has consistently slumped in the ratings since it began broadcasting its second outing in recent weeks, leading many to consider it ripe for cancellation, if not already dead on its feet. Fox scheduling chief Preston Beckman, however, is a little more sanguine as to the show’s chances. “We’re going to run all the episodes,” Beckman told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re not saying we’re happy with those numbers, or accept them, but we don’t have to overreact… It’s one of the reasons that we brought ‘Dollhouse’ back; we knew it was DVR-friendly. Hopefully we’ll see the overnight ratings increase from week to week. With some shows, you have to look at the bigger picture.”

Fox went on to say that a decision on a third season for the show would be made at a later date, indicating that this would come after the second season, which would seem to preclude a back nine at this stage. For his part, Whedon stated in the same article that they would be leaving some doors open at the end of the second season, but there would be closure.

Dollhouse stars Eliza Dushku, Tamoh Penikett, Harry J Lennix, Dichen Lachman and Olivia Williams among others. The series was created by Joss Whedon, whose previous credits include Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly.