“I don’t have a lot to say. I’m extremely proud of the people I’ve worked with: my star, my staff, my cast, my crew,” said Whedon on popular fan blog Whedonesque. “I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months. I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.”
Dollhouse has been struggling with ratings since it gained a surprise renewal at the end of its first season. The show has been averaging poor live viewing figures, and although it tends to get a 50 per cent or more boost from recorded viewing, that hasn’t been enough to keep it afloat. The news was originally broken by a crew member on Twitter and later confirmed by the network. Fox did say, however, that the show would air out its remaining episodes, and that it would allow Whedon the opportunity to finish the show in a “significant way”.
Despite the cancellation of Dollhouse, Whedon is now free to move ahead with other projects, something that he alludes to in his post on Whedonesque, where he discusses moving on to “online ventures”. This correlates with what Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog star Nathan Fillion said to Sci-Fi Wire recently, when talking about a long-mooted sequel to the project. “They finish up Dollhouse in the winter – at least what they’ve scheduled to shoot thus far – so hopefully when that’s done, we’ll all be able to get together more frequently and grind it out,” he said, when asked about the progress on a follow-up. “There are a couple of songs written. It’s very promising. We’re all very excited about where it goes.”
Dollhouse stars Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett and Dichen Lachman among others. The show was created by Joss Whedon, and centres on a young woman who can be programmed with any number of personalities for specific tasks, but exists without personality or advanced identity in the interim between missions. Gradually, however, she begins to become self-aware.