Dollhouse Cancellation Buzz Update: Officially on Death Watch - Featured

There's been all sorts of Dollhouse news flying around, so it's time to gather it all to see just how our chances lie when it comes to saving this sophomore fav!



The Good News: As reported recently, Fox committed to air all 13 episodes planned for the second season!


The Bad News: Dollhouse is benched for November. When it returns in December, it will "air back-to-back episodes on Friday nights." Ouch. This could be viewed as an attempt to get Dollhouse more love by giving us more of it at once, but really, it just feels like an attempt to quickly air and get rid of those 13 episodes promised to please the Whedon fanatics.


Season 2 Ratings:

Episode 1: 2.56 million viewers

Episode 2: 2 million viewers

Episode 3: 2.2 million viewers


As noted in the ratings roundup for the 3rd episode, "DVR ratings for the first week of the show finally came in and the Dollhouse numbers increased by 50% upon adding on DVR viewers from the 7 days following its live airing."


What does it all mean?

While the ratings aren't hugely dropping and FOX has officially stated they'll air the whole season, they're not shy to admit they feel like they have to do so since they renewed it for this season. As they said in the announcement that they'd air all the episodes:


"We're going to run all the episodes. We're not saying we're happy with those numbers, or accept them, but we don't have to overreact. During [November] sweeps we might have to jack up the numbers a little [with other programming], but we plan on completing the order for this show."


"If you cancel it, you're an asshole; if you renew it and then don't put it back on, you're an asshole," he said. "I'm still paying for 'Terminator.' 'Dollhouse' has a small rabid fan base that in the world of social media seems bigger than it is. We gave them another season knowing full well we were going to burn in hell if we pulled it." (more)


So in other words, they feel obligated to Joss Whedon and the crazy fans to air the episodes, the ratings are terribly unsatisfactory to the point that they followed through with that mentioned possibility of briefly replacing it, and that fear noted before that they're just trying to run off the episodes is sounding darn true right now.


This means the only chance of it sticking around any further than those 13 episodes is if there's a huge surge of fan love/complaints, and there's a surge in the ratings.


So what do you think? Would it be satisfying if Episode 13 could be made into the final conclusion or do you feel we have to have more Dollhouse and need to make that 3rd season happen?? If so, check out our Save Dollhouse campaign to see how you can help:


Cancellation Buzz: Save Dollhouse!



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Oct 23, 2009 11:06PM EDT

I've really been enjoying the show, so I'm disappointed to be losing it.
Still, it was an unexpected treat to get a 2nd season at all. Can't really complain that it's on it's way out.

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Oct 24, 2009 1:19AM EDT

They should try and get the show on Usa or Sci fi, I'm sure they could easily sell it to those networks..

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Oct 24, 2009 2:03PM EDT

This is hard to swallow as I feel Dollhouse is one of the very few truly original shows on TV today. After watching the unaired Episode 13 of the first season, "Epitaph One", it is pretty clear that there is an actual set goal this show is working toward. I definitely had a few unanswered questions after watching that episode (which was intentional) and would really love if the show could reach that point, though I'm slowly starting to accept it probably won't happen (at least not with FOX).
I don't really blame anyone other than FOX network for the show's demise. It would be hard for any show placed in the Friday death slot with terrible lead-ins (this season--I personally loved the TSCC/Dollhouse pairing last year) and no promotion during the week to survive. I think the fan support is amazing, and it is wonderful to see all the petitions and campaigns people have started to save Dollhouse. What saddens me is it that it has to come down to all the hard work put in by the fans every single time. I wish FOX would realize they have what could (and should) be a major hit in their hands if they would just give it the proper consideration.
That being said, I hope all the fans of Dollhouse continue to join every campaign and sign every petition possible to keep it on the air. Even though the outlook is grim, there is always room for a miracle (as we seen last season, and IMO this season is already better). If any show deserves to stay on the air, it is this one.

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Oct 24, 2009 5:01PM EDT

Though I've enjoyed the second season (once they ditched the sex toys storyline it improved immeasurably) and I liked the unaired episode very much, I still feel the basic idea is just to near and yet too far for us to really get into bed with. Perhaps its potential proximity is the actual problem.

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Oct 24, 2009 6:42PM EDT

...i think this show would go so far if they retained a personality for more than one episode, so we could feel attatched to the character, maybe?
I LOVED this episode just gone : ( i'm gna go out and by the series box set of seasons 1 and 2 if they cancel it after this season. But im hoping, like 'lie to me', it will suddenly get loads of hits and they'll pick it up for a full season 2...but i think im dreaming too much.

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Oct 25, 2009 8:57AM EDT

I definitely needs a third season. The characters are just starting to show depth and there is no way you can get from were we are now to the unaired episode in season one with only the remaining episodes in season two. It needs at least a third, if not a fourth season. I think it would have better luck on another network like Syfy or USA that are more willing to embrace such shows. In fact, the new series Stargate Universe is very similar in style to Dollhouse. The average FOX viewer wants immediate gratification and are not patient enough to comprehend, much less embrace Joss Whedon's highly complex style of storytelling.

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Oct 26, 2009 7:04PM EDT

I'm so annoyed.

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Oct 27, 2009 6:42AM EDT

I just dont understand how they think any show could succeed on Friday nights....especially one aimed at younger viewers. Its like they gave it no opportunity to gain a bigger following this year and then were disappointed when it didnt. It seems to me, that they gave Dollhouse a second season knowing it would be canceled shortly there after.....just to quell the riots from Joss's rabid fans.
Its just frustrating to see so many horrible shows get picked up or renewed while a truly original and unique one is buried before it is even dead.
Ill never understand who makes these decisions because it seems like it happens on every network. Great shows pulled.....crap shows like Parks and Recreation or Medium get another season.....
Im waiting for Fox to cancel "Lie to Me" --- its bound to happen since its the best new show on TV. Lets give the 45th medical show or 39th cop show another 25 episodes though....
Ridiculous.

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Oct 29, 2009 11:57AM EDT

Okay. Either Fox needs to move it to another time, or let it go to another network (one that isn't stupid). If they do just let it die, they shall suffer the wrath of the Whedon fanbase.

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