After two very uneventful seasons, Joss Whedon’s latest foray into the world of television is over. According to THR, Fox has decided to cancel Dollhouse. The show, which is currently filming its 11th episode of its second season, is expected to finish its 13-episode run.
Despite the ratings bump Dollhouse received due to DVR viewing, ratings in its second season have been less than impressive. The show beat the odds after a lackluster season one, after which fan demand was the propellant for a second season pickup. And in season two, fans didn’t exactly show up in support – and now the show, which stars Eliza Dushku as DNA-altered woman who gets implanted false memories for various missions and tasks – is done.
Our friends over at Hitfix have gotten their hands on the schedule for the remaining episodes, seen below:
Dec. 4–8:00PM-10:00PM (Episodes 5 & 6)
Dec. 11–8:00PM-10:00PM (Episodes 7 & 8)
Dec. 18–8:00PM-10:00PM (Episodes 9 & 10)
Jan. 8–9:00PM-10:00PM (Episode 11)
Jan. 15–9:00PM-10:00PM (Episode 12)
Jan. 22–9:00PM-10:00PM (Episode 13 / Series Finale)
According to the THR report, show creator Joss Whedon is staying on board in order to give the show “a proper ending with a big finale.” Over at Whedonesque, they’ve received his official statement. And as expected, Whedon will very quickly be queuing us in to his next project before Dollhouse makes its big exit. He says:
“By the time the last episode airs, you’ll know what my next project is.”
We will continue to wait and see where Whedon lands next. As for my thoughts on the cancellation of Dollhouse, I can’t say that I’m surprised. Joss Whedon has made a career out of making solid shows that are successful in short spurts. And for a show with such a lack of substance – because lets face it, there wasn’t a ton of story there – getting all the way to the end of two seasons isn’t such a bad thing. Fans should accept that they squeezed as much life out of this concept as possible and that Whedon, as always, will land on his feet and have another “cult hit” in the not to far future.
Are you emotionally impacted by the Dollhouse cancellation?