Cancellation Buzz: Save Dollhouse! - Featured

I hate to break it to you kids as it's early in the season, but it's not too early to tell Dollhouse is seriously plunging into the Cancellation Danger Zone.

Dun, dun, dun! So what are we gonna do?? Save Dollhouse!!

Dollhouse's Status:

Dollhouse was on the edge of cancellation in its first season and only pulled through with the renewal because of all the outcry of fan love for the show, and the hope they felt at Fox that that outcry meant fan love would build for Season 2.

But, it has not. And that, my friends, is a problem. As noted in our report about the Dollhouse Season 2 premiere, it "debuted to an abysmal 2.56 million viewers - the lowest-ever rated episode for the series. (As a point of reference, the season 1 premiere had 4.7 million viewers, which while low, looks pretty good by comparison)" (read more).

For its 2nd episode, it "hit yet another series low, with just 2 million viewers" (read more). Ouch.

So, if it continues to drop, or even stays steady around 2 or 2.5 million, that's not going to deliver renewal. Currently, Dollhouse is scheduled to air 13 episodes for Season 2, with the assumption that if it does well, more episodes could be added for this season, and/or it could get picked up for a 3rd season.

But, Dollhouse fanatics, if we want any of that to have a chance, we've got to remind FOX of that fan love AND, very importantly, build up the viewership!

Here's what you can do to help:

*Watch it while it's airing on TV, and/or within 2 days on your DVR or online.

*Tell your friends to watch!

*Spread the word by adding this icon to your blog with a link to the SideReel Dollhouse page:


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*Sign the petition:

Save Dollhouse Petition

Mail dolls and letters to Fox:

Kevin Reilly

President of Entertainment, FOX Broadcasting

10201 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Email: kevin.reilly@fox. com

Send Dolls: ran a campaign to send dolls to help with last season, so here's the scoop from them on the doll campaign fans are getting started back up now:

We would like all of the fans to send DOLLS to Kevin Reilly at Fox. We need to show him just how much we want the show to return for another season. They should be either action figures or dolls in their original packaging so they can be donated to charity after Fox receives them. If you want to go that extra mile, please find action figures or dolls that resemble the actors on DOLLHOUSE like Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett or Amy Acker.

*Join our Facebook Group and invite others to spread the love and keep up to date on Dollhouse's status:

Save Dollhouse Facebook Group

*Join the Save Dollhouse Facebook Cause:

Save Dollhouse on Facebook

Keep an eye on Dollhouse's status on this post as well as the status of this and other shows on our Cancellation Buzz page.

We'd love to hear about anything you do to help the campaign, so feel free to post any letters, emails, or describe any other efforts you've made here in the comments to inspire other fans to help too!



Default avatar cat
Oct 6, 2009 7:40PM EDT

Something FOX could do that would be awesome would be to replace one of their other awful shows they they keep in decent time slots and put Dollhouse there instead. You want people 18 to whatever age to watch? make it not on a Friday night after a long stressful week when people want to relax. Granted, I make all my plans AFTER the show is over, but really, FOX really sucks when it comes to good scheduling and actually keeping great shows.

Default avatar cat
Oct 6, 2009 9:23PM EDT

Move it to Tuesday or Wednesday, where there are absolutely no good shows and see if it can not gain an audience, Friday is a called the death slot for a reason.

Oct 6, 2009 11:22PM EDT

I think the question that needs to be asked is, does Dollhouse deserve to be saved? I love Joss Whedon projects as much as the next guy... maybe not quite so much as "Angel" is my favorite and thats more of a David Greenwalt thing. But the trend Dollhouse has kept this season is just awful. With the way the first season ended, and how it started, I thought the beginning of second season would be totally different and be exceptionally driven, unlike the first five episodes. Yet, this season has been forced, boring and quite frankly, confusing. I watch anime so I am pretty used to giving shows the benefit of the doubt, though I do not see 'Epitaph One' as the future of this world nor does the show do anything to lead you to believe that. If the show continues to be this misguided I will say dump it and bring back "The Sarah Connor Chronicles".

Default avatar cat
Oct 7, 2009 2:42AM EDT

I agree with Bottron i love Joss Whedon but this show doesnt feel right the only episode i liked was 'Epitaph One' so far.

Default avatar cat
Oct 7, 2009 3:06AM EDT

Correct me if I wrong, but I'm pretty sure Epitaph One was supposed to be the original pilot then the show was going to evolve from their by going back and showing what lead up to that. I know Fox made Whedon reshoot the pilot because they thought it was too complicated which is why the first four eipodes played like four separate pilots, but Epitaph One was more along the lines of what the show was supposed to be with what Whedon envisioned. So thanks Fox, your super smart execs have done it again, please keep letting them call the shots, they are doing a bang-up job.

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Oct 7, 2009 8:45AM EDT

I live in Australia, and like all my friends (who obviously live in Australia too) I can only watch Dollhouse online. I don't see how Fox can cancel a great (and therefore rare) show like Dollhouse without considering that it's audience is actually much larger than there 'ratings' indicate. By the way, while 2million people may not equal a 'high percentage' in ratings, it's still a hell of a lot of people who love this show; and from the sounds of the timeslot that it's on in America, I would think that Fox would realise that it must be a great show if 2 million people are making the effort to watch a show that's on at a stupid time. If it was on TV at a more convenient time in America (or at all in Australia) they would find that the ratings would go through the roof!

Oct 7, 2009 12:51PM EDT

@beckwade Agreed! I think they're just looking to make money off the show later in other countries by waiting to re-air it there if it does well enough to do so. I think it'd be great if FOX and other networks made their online viewing available internationally so they could get ratings which would then work out to be money as they could find out how big the fanbase really is.
But all you international can send letters, sign the petition, join groups, etc. to help your fan love be heard, and I'm sure it wouldn't hurt if you expressed that you'd love to buy the DVDs if they kept it going. ;)

Default avatar cat
Oct 7, 2009 4:54PM EDT

Cheers for the address for the FOX President of Entertainment, I'll send a letter (and also check the post office for the cost of sending a doll to LA!). You said the rating counts if you watch it online within 2 days; from what you say is it my understanding that would only count through FOX's website? I agree with you that if they opened their own online viewing internationally the networks would get a REAL basis of which shows are being watched by fans. I always said last season they should put it on a tuesday. All other nights this season are jammed packed but a tuesday would be great!

Oct 7, 2009 7:02PM EDT

@sabre7 I believe it can count on FOX's site and Hulu, but I'll check into it to get more details - definitely something good to know! Also, it's looking like a lot of you are thinking another night for Dollhouse would be better - make sure to include that in your emails and letters! We can also start a petition specifically for that if that sounds like a good plan of attack.

Oct 7, 2009 8:06PM EDT

I love Whedon's work...but Dollhouse this season imo below is par with some other shows that he's down in the past.

Default avatar cat
Oct 8, 2009 12:39AM EDT

Dollhouse is a great "idea" for a show but the show itself is awful. Honestly, I'm surprised they dumped "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" instead of this show. Wouldn't be surprised if they get booted mid season. Moving this show to a new day and time slot wouldn't save it

Default avatar cat
Oct 8, 2009 5:17PM EDT

I guess my rating won't count then as it won't let me watch it on their sites. It just comes up 'Cannot be streamed outside the United States'. Damn it (said in a Jack Bauer style), I wish my rating, along with all other international viewrs, would matter to keep the show alive. I signed a petition posted by another sidereel user but if you could do one specifically from Sidereel it may help. Can't believe just five months later Dollhouse is already in cancellation zone again. I'm sure it puts pressure on all involved and is just a looming shadow at the back of all their minds when they're trying to be creative and make great television.

Oct 10, 2009 1:32AM EDT

the third episode was great. much better than the first two of the second season.yes, i like dollhouse but would have preferred to see TSCC renewed instead.overall, firefly should have also stayed..that show was better than either of the ones mentioned above. I was so keen to see river develop into her character more.

Default avatar cat
Oct 10, 2009 9:25AM EDT

i live in the uk and won't get to see the new season until next week cos my internet connection is rubbish so i can't watch it online.
i wish that FOX would put the show on at a better time in america and that they would make their site avaliable to people outside the us as the fanbase is quite large over here in my opinion but our views don't count towards the ratings yet cos we can't watch it on their site.

Default avatar cat
Oct 11, 2009 4:04PM EDT

In my opinion Dollhouse isnt popular for the same reason Firefly wasnt - Its different and original.People can talk big about how they dont like their shows to get unoriginal after season 5, but when something truely different comes along they lable it as "weird". For proof of this just look at Wonderfalls.There isnt a show out there that can claim to be like Dollhouse and in my opinion thats enough to give every show a shot at season 2!

Default avatar cat
Oct 13, 2009 8:26PM EDT

Good news! FOX has promised to air all 13 episodes of season 2. A third season hasn't been officially ruled out.
Read more here

Default avatar cat
Oct 29, 2009 5:39PM EDT

I agree, I think moving the show to Tuesday night would be A GREAT MOVE.1, there's absolutely nothing good on any channels, and 2 well on friday it sucks, Friday I am usually busy getting my check buying all the supplies I need, and possibly going out since i can't on weekends.TUESDAY! TUESDAY! TUESDAY!!

Default avatar cat
Nov 4, 2009 6:29AM EST

aaronro1 I totally agree the fanbase is pretty big over here in the UK for dollhouse. The DVD set wet onsale here in the last couple of weeks and it's done pretty well, considering it wasn't ever aired on a decent channel. I don't even thing the first season has finished on tv yet. I think that goes to show just how many people watch it online. Fox needs to broadcast their online service internationally, they would make so much revenue from advertising it's insane, plus they could truly see how popular dollhouse really is, as most people watch it online.

Default avatar cat
Nov 4, 2009 6:57AM EST

If you're looking for good ways to support Dollhouse, check out and
The team behind these two sites have done their research on what kind of activities actually get a positive reaction from Fox, and what actions we can take to make our efforts actually count. They've put together a well thought out promotional campaign to tell others about Dollhouse and encourage them to watch. Because what Dollhouse needs more than anything is viewers. Sending dolls probably isn't the most effective way.
Check out for banners, and to see where your time can best be spent. It'll tell you the best ways to watch online to make your viewing count, how you can support the show by buying episodes on iTunes etc, and (often most importantly) what not to do (as we sure don't want to annoy Fox) -
It would also be good to share with your friends. It has some great alternative trailers, and you can add your voice to say why you watch.

Nov 4, 2009 3:39PM EST

I don't believe Dollhouse deserves to saved. With how well the last season ended, and with the eventuality of the Epitaph One timeline, there was a lot to look forward to. Yet the first couple of episodes of the second season seem like a huge self-indulgence by Joss Whedon. First, is the lesbian fantasy he has between Echo and Whiskey, pointless even though they're hot. Second, there is a cameo each episode by someone who will never return, it seems like a favor to all of his actor buddies. Lastly, the plot of the first three episodes hasn't done anything except having Echo being seduced, having a baby and being a useless FBI agent, which does absolutely nothing to further the plot of the show, or even the character development and is even worse than the first five episodes of the first season. Echo remembers, you said in the first bloody episode of this season, I get it, move on. I think Fox wanted to give Joss Whedon a second chance due to the success and fan craze over Firefly. So far, Firefly was way more enticing but I would give the credit to Tim Minear who has already written the best episodes of Dollhouse.

Nov 4, 2009 11:32PM EST

i love dollhouse please dont cancel it !!!it has such a good story i love it !!!

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Nov 5, 2009 1:06AM EST

just saying the ratings must have something to do with the abysmal time and day of the week, friday nights is, after all, the graveyard.

Nov 7, 2009 12:21PM EST

KEEP IT PLEASEEEEEEE!!! Seriously there is no hotter woman in the prime time than Eliza Dushku.... it is not Joss Whedon's shows but it can pick up... at the begging buffy wasnt amazing either!!!! i love it dont cancel it!!!

Nov 7, 2009 9:34PM EST

NCIS is on Tuesday so to put Dollhouse up against the most watched show on television does not sound like a good idea to me.I guess I understand why it was put on Fridays in the first place - by NOT putting it up against the big shows (i.e. mainly CBS crime procedurals - like it or not those are the big shows) they gave Dollhouse a chance to find and build an audience, unfortunately that just did not work. I can't believe I just defended FOX lol
Anyway, the end of last season with Alpha and finding out about Whiskey was so good, but they started this season off on a different tanget and I can see why the figures are low. DH is okay, but honestly I found this season lacking and I wished they didn't change the show's dynamic the way they did.
But I'll hang in until the end - if it ends up getting cancelled I'll understand.

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