Our boy Joss just can’t catch a break. And neither can we, his devoted fans. This just in today from the Hollywood Reporter:
Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ canceled
Sci-fi series expected to finish its 13-episode order
By Nellie Andreeva
Nov 11, 2009, 03:20 PM ET
Updated: Nov 11, 2009, 08:39 PM ET
“Dollhouse” is closing its doors at Fox.
The network has canceled Joss Whedon’s cult fave, which in May beat the odds with a second-season pickup despite low ratings.
The sci-fi series, which is filming episode 11, will finish its 13-episode order.
“Yes. Canceled. Sad but true,” tweeted Maurissa Tancharoen, a writer on “Dollhouse” who is married to Whedon’s brother Jed Whedon, also a writer on the show.
Beating the odds after a very slow start last spring, “Dollhouse” was renewed for a second season. But with a dismal performance this fall — and despite getting a ratings bump from DVR viewing — the show starring Eliza Dushku was benched for November sweeps after four episodes.
Fox plans to air all produced episodes of “Dollhouse,” which will return with originals Dec. 4 as planned. Whedon is working on giving the series a proper ending with a big finale.
“I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months,” Whedon wrote on Whedonesque.com. “I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.”
The cancellation of “Dollhouse” may spell good news for fans of Whedon’s Web short “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
Whedon, who had been rumored to be working on a sequel to the Emmy-winning Internet project, said on Wednesday he is “off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking” following the end of the Fox series.
I was as thrilled — and surprised — as any other nerd when the series got picked up for a second season. And the show only got better. Now it just feels like it was all a nasty tease. You know, Agent Ballard always vowed to take down the Dollhouse. Maybe he got a job at Fox.