Cancellation Buzz: Will Dollhouse Make the Cut or Get Cut? - Featured

Dollhouse has done reasonably well with its ratings so far, but with its Friday night slot and creator Joss Whedon's prematurely canceled Firefly in mind, there were rumors before Dollhouse even aired that it would get a quick cancellation.

So what do you think? Should/will Dollhouse continue for a full season and maybe even get picked up for a second or do the ratings and pre-air cancellation rumors have a little too much truth to tell?

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Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 3:52PM EST

I have been a Joss Whedon fan since Buffy. I love Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and I really like the way Whedon maintains a core of actors to draw on for his productions. While I wasn't a fan of the Eliza Dushku character on Buffy, I recognize that she did a good job. She does a good job on Dollhouse as well. I vote for its continuation.

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 4:37PM EST

Well, Fox have agreed to show all episodes no matter what and I really feel their decisions should be based on the overall ratings from beginning of the season to the end. If there is a big drop in viewers towards the end then maybe yes cancel it, but at least give it a chance. The time slot certainly is tricky but as you said, the ratings aren't that bad. I think some people want it to fail due to all the pre-production glitches, critics saying that Eliza Dushku can't play a leading lady and also that her show Tru Calling and Whedon's Firefly being cancelled. I say, give it time as we're only three episodes in and judge it in it's entirety come end of the season.

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 4:45PM EST

I definitely think it should get a good chance to strut it's stuff. Fox has already said they're airing the first season no matter what, but I certainly hope it gets renewed for a second. So far I think it's been fantastic.
The Nielson ratings haven't been too bad, and I know that, possibly due to it's Friday night time, Dollhouse has been getting a pretty hefty boost from Tivo, Hulu, and Amazon Unbox. I don't know exactly how those numbers are factored into the network's decisions, but they've gotta count for something.
In any case, I'm rooting for 'em all the way.

Mar 5, 2009 5:10PM EST

I really hope Dollhouse gets a fair chance because I think it has gotten off to a great start. I'm hooked already and can't wait to see how it all plays out.
I don' tthink it's fair to pre-judge a show before or when it just started because you have to see it as a whole.
The cast is great and the whole concept is gripping and different. Keep up the good work.

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 5:44PM EST

the show is new. im loving what there doing and i want to see where joss is going to take the show so i say that it should stay on or go to a station that will not kill the good shows. cuz with fox's history they messed up big time with a few shows. joss it the best at doing shows and just think where firefly would have been if it stayed on? so i say keep the show going.

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 5:48PM EST

Loving the show, but I just really wish that it wasnt on Friday nights.. wednesdays would be better I think

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 6:17PM EST

im really enjoying the show so my vote definitely goes towards it staying on air. i hope it will only get better from here...i actually liked eliza's show tru calling and i was pretty disappointed when it was cancelled...i think she's a great actress and i think joss whedons a great director so this show has amazing potential which i really hope it continues to live up to...and i hope that fox gives it a real chance...

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 8:33PM EST

i really hope it doesnt get cancelled. i wish fox had put it on a day that would give it more of a fighting chance.

Mar 5, 2009 9:27PM EST

I hope it continues for a full season, bu chances are with Fox having a reputation for canceling good shows it wouldn't really surprise me if this show got cancel.

Default avatar cat
Mar 5, 2009 11:40PM EST

I don't think this will be canceled because it's not anywhere near good enough. I think it's excellent, but it's no where near as good as Arrested Development or Firefly, so it doesn't fit Fox's track record of cancellations.

Mar 6, 2009 12:24AM EST

I love the show and hope that it continues but FOX usually cancels the sci-fi stuff i like.

Default avatar cat
Mar 6, 2009 1:09AM EST

FOX is the cancell-y station, they've canceled so many shows in their career but if they at least promised to air all the episodes shot so far.
I'm starting to like this show more, since the pilot. I'm now interested in many sub-plots and am looking forward to see how Echo grows.

Default avatar cat
Mar 6, 2009 7:16PM EST

I think it should be given a chance and maybe some better promoting...Seeing as this is a show that doesn't melt your brain people tend to brush it off as boring, hence Journey Man and New Amsterdam! They each lasted about ten episodes, but I think if they were given a full season and better advertising the ratings would have increased significantly! And the same goes for Dollhouse if its given a full season it will flourish!!!

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Mar 7, 2009 2:08AM EST

I hope FOX lets Dollhouse pick up a second season. Remember Buffy didn't get good until season 2 at all. I think they should give Joss Whedon a chance to run with the idea.
WATCH THE SHOW WHEN IT AIRS ON FOX THO, OTHERWISE YOUR VIEW ISN'T COUNTED IN THE RATINGS. Best not to watch it on these free sites we find here on sidereel. Just a thought.

Default avatar cat
Mar 7, 2009 10:57AM EST

I think it should continue its genius and im hooked its ratings arent bad better than buffy when it first started and it got 7 seasons i also love Eliza Dushku and i think itll continue

Default avatar cat
Mar 7, 2009 2:43PM EST

They had another big drop in viewers this week.
Looks like it's over, I don't see them building the audience up by the end of the season.

Mar 8, 2009 6:01AM EDT

i hope they dont cancel the show but as soon as i start to like a show they seem to cancel shows so i have a strange feeling they will cancel it

Default avatar cat
Mar 8, 2009 10:23AM EDT

i hope it doesn't get canceled either but it is probably getting less viewers because it is on a Friday night

Mar 8, 2009 7:37PM EDT

I think the only reason this is happening if because of Firefly. The show, so far, is brilliant and it should be given a decent chance.

Default avatar cat
Mar 9, 2009 3:52AM EDT

Tru Calling should have been great - what wrecked it was the miscast and mis-charactered Jason Priestley. Eliza Dushku definitely held her own in the lead and the first episodes were outstanding.
I'm not sure if Dollhouse will make the cut. I found the first two episodes extremely confusing, though the third was clearer/simpler. Presumably if Dollhouse is going to pick up viewers, it needs to be easy for new people to "drop in" to any episode and just watch. Having too complicated a back story and story arc to begin with may not be the best strategy, given how trigger-happy a lot of networks are. They won't give shows the time to settle in, which is a problem, so the writing and structure should take better account of that.
A main issue I have is the fact that the "dolls" function as high class hookers as well as special agents/bodyguards/etc. That is not a very comfortable concept. It's probably the point of the series - that we're supposed to see them as heroes as well as victims/slaves - but it complicates audience sympathy for the protagonists. It may alienate some viewers. I also think the sex element could make Fox nervous.

Default avatar cat
Mar 9, 2009 4:04PM EDT

I see the concept for a show such as this as having potential to go far, and I hope they are given the chance. Talking about canceling a show before it even airs is unjust; if a network chooses to air a program, then it should be their obligation to stand behind that show from the beginning. I still feel the pang of loss for Firefly (a brilliant show in which Whedon intended to run for seven seasons), in which the blame is totally placed on Fox. I hope if Fox does decide to cancel, another network will step in and take it on for at least another season. It is sad to think Joss had so much success with the WB network, but is not given the time of day with Fox.
I only own three complete TV series, two of which are Buffy and Angel. Joss Whedon is one of the best at what he does, and if simply given the chance, I have all the faith Dollhouse will turn out just as great as each of his other creations.

Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2009 12:39AM EDT

Well I personally love dollhouse so does my sister, we are obsessed with it! I don't think I could live without the show now....I actually think people need to give the show a chance. Maybe later it'll be better, just give it time.

Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2009 11:16PM EDT

I really really like the show. Its got a great story line unlike alot of other TV shows out there which gives it the unique factor. You can tell that they dont have alot of faith in the show tho...friday is the day they put shows to die because friday viewer numbers are always low.
I think this show is definitely worth keeping!!! Give it a real shot and preferably a better day when more people will watch it!!! THROW AMERICAN IDOL ON FRIDAYS! Im so sick of that show!!!!

Save Dollhouse!!!

Default avatar cat
Mar 12, 2009 7:36PM EDT

Lol, I don't think they'll move American Idol, but I wouldn't mind Dollhouse switching with Fringe, getting AI for a lead-in.

Default avatar cat
Mar 13, 2009 10:39PM EDT

What standards are some of you people really trying to hold Dollhouse to? I truly wonder what qualities you people are pulling from other shows, especially unrelated ones from outside the genre, when comparing them to Dollhouse.
Phenomenal show: phenomenal writing, courtesy of Joss and writers he respects and mind-melds with; phenomal acting (Eliza Dushku IS phenomenal - she truly gets the chance to be of all trades and reinvent herself every episode. Even though it's still her body, she gets to be completely different people; like in The United States of Tara, another show I adore); and phenomenal premise. Let's not only hope, but make sure Fox allows Dollhouse to keep up its good work.

Mar 14, 2009 1:23AM EDT

I wasn't to impressed with Dollhouse after the first couple episodes, but stuck with it because, well it was only 2 episodes in and I decided to give it a fair shot. And thus far I'm glad I did, it keeps getting better and I am now intrigued with the whole running background story (the Fed, Caroline, Alpha). Hopefully it stays the season and continues on it's upward track!

Default avatar cat
Mar 14, 2009 3:58PM EDT

Actual good news this week :
Ratings are up for the first time. Episode 5 was the 2nd highest rated since the pilot.And they've hung on to they're strong position in the demographics.Pilot - 4.8milEp 5 - 4.3mil
Next week is where they've said the show really picks up. So with the extra buzz ratings should be up again. If the quality stays good, I'd say season 2 is pretty likely.

Default avatar cat
Mar 16, 2009 1:01PM EDT

Even if I can't catch the show on friday night I do have my tv turn on to watch it (even if nobody is watching).
So if it does get cancelled, it's not my fault.
I just hope more people do this too.

Default avatar cat
Mar 17, 2009 6:00AM EDT

I really like this show and this actress every time one of her shows gets cancelled I feel sad so keep this show

Mar 17, 2009 5:07PM EDT

gr8 show, again i ask who r these morons who make these God awful decisions???????????????????co

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Mar 22, 2009 2:42PM EDT

I love Dollhouse i think its one of the best shows since Buffy ended. I'll be really ticked off if they cancel it.

Default avatar cat
Mar 26, 2009 12:24AM EDT

This is a fantastic show. I don't own a tv so I can't contribute to their viewership statistics, but I watch on hulu so that counts.
If they cancel dollhouse it'll be a damn shame, if people see it they will love it. Fox needs to stop being a bunch of twitchy little schmucks and start allowing great shows to succeed.

Default avatar cat
Mar 26, 2009 1:13AM EDT

It is a great show and it definitely is getting better, so it is becoming one of my favorites. If the show gets canceled then I say it's because people aren't watching real tv shows and are watching reality shows, which is why so many good shows got canceled recently

Default avatar cat
Mar 27, 2009 11:27PM EDT

All I can say is that it's a great show and I'm pretty sure that I'm emotionally attached already. I think that it needs to be given a chance though. FOX made the mistake of canceling Firefly too early and look how popular it became afterward. I say keep it going.

Default avatar cat
Mar 29, 2009 1:31PM EDT

Every single episode has had the plot grow a perfect amount, and each episode the show gets ten times better. The episode that focuses on Ballard was absolutely amazing, and Joss Whedon says he wants all of his episodes to be like that one, "Man on the street."So if every episode is a the high level of what Man on the Street was, I'm in. Don't cancel it Fox, or i will seriously stop watching House, you bunch o' douchebags.

Default avatar cat
Apr 8, 2009 2:20AM EDT

I see nothing but praise here for the show and I will add my own. Dollhouse is a fantastic example of entertainment set to a higher standard. I mean to say that it is actually intellectually stimulating, the plots and sub-plots aren't too repetitive, big issues are addressed and Joss's next move isn't predictable.I love this show and with so many others out there continuing to support it, I'm hopeful that it won't end up like Tru Calling or Firefly both of which also had immense potential.

Apr 10, 2009 9:57PM EDT

Well, I for one really like this show (I am a biased Joss Whedon fan, however) and so will vote for continuation. The show feels fresh (even for a Whedon show) and with all the carbon copy shows out there today, this one definitely deserves a chance. More importantly, though, I think if any show is doing reasonably well in the ratings on a FRIDAY night it deserves continuation (and a different day)!

Default avatar cat
May 9, 2009 4:50AM EDT

If Dollhouse gets canceled I can honestly say that I will stop watching any show that airs on Fox. I think it's pointless to have a show airs on Friday at 9, especially the one that's one of the best shows on TV at the moment, and then cancel it. Joss Whedon has come up with genius ideas for shows, and why FOX hasn't realized it and put it in the place of American Idol (which after it's 3rd season has been pointless) I will never understand. Get rid of your stupid reality crap and put Dollhouse in a better time. I don't mind staying in longer to watch it but seriously, give better shows a chance, not the same old tired crap that people only watch to see horrible people attempt to sing, to then lip-sync on their tours.Dollhouse and Terminator would do so much better if you wouldnt have designated them the horrible friday night. If you're aiming at people 18-30, dont put it on a friday when you know people are going out de-stressing. asses.

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