Joss Whedon has stated that he has put his grudge with Fox over Firefly aside, and is happy to work with them on Dollhouse due to a change in management.
The Buffy creator told journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour that the people now involved at the top of Fox weren’t the same ones that botched and eventually cancelled the 2002 space western, implying heavily that it would be unfair to lay the mistakes of their predecessors onto them. “These are different people. They didn’t do to me what was done to Firefly.” Whedon had previously stated that he would never work with the network again after Firefly was aired out of order, pre-empted for sporting events and eventually cancelled with only 11 of the 14 episodes produced making it to the screen. He does seem far more sanguine about the hopes for Dollhouse under Kevin Reilly, the president of entertainment, however. “You look for sanity and you look for intelligence. So far, I have found a great deal of both in the executives at Fox. If I had gone there and pitched to them, and they had not understood what I was telling them, I think I would have known.”
For their part, the network said that they had the utmost faith in Whedon, but hadn’t contacted him simply because they thought (as the majority of fans did) that he had severed his ties with Fox. “Joss was a gift. The only reason Joss wasn’t on my list is because I thought there was no way he was coming back.”
So, SFNers, what do you think? Is Whedon simply making a mature decision for the good of his television show, or is he selling out for the benefit of another weekly serial?
Source: Sci Fi Wire