The new show, Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon and starring (and executive produced by) Eliza Dushku, turned in lower-than-expected ratings for its premiere on Friday.
- Sci-Fi Wire take a negative tone on the news: Worst ratings for a drama premiere this season, except for NBC’s Crusoe. But it did better than Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which led it in, but had low ratings for its switch from Monday to Friday.
- TV Week points out the positive on the same news – it did better than previous FOX friday shows, like Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Hollywood Insider also waxes positively about the numbers – will the Friday timeslot actually help the show?
- Buzz among the Whedonites? Mixed – some were bored, some enjoyed it, and most are willing to give it a few more episodes to make up their mind. Let’s see if FOX will give the viewers that chance. Ken Tucker at EW starts to rethink his grade of the show – did he underestimate it?
But more importantly, those promo bits of having Summer Glau (Cameron on Terminator) and Eliza Dushku (Echo on Dollhouse) talking about the similarities in their roles – just seemed kinda weird. Maybe it’s just Summer in her Cameron makeup just seems weird to me. An interesting concept: the commercial breaks were preceded by a quick message letting your know how long they were (60 seconds, 90 seconds) – great for Tivo and DVR playback – you know exactly how long to zip forward!
And for the ladies: Guess who spent more of the first episode showing off their well sculpted body? Eliza Dushku was in a slinky dress at the beginning, but Tahmoh Penikett went all-abs for more screen time.
Still haven’t seen it? You can watch the first episode, ‘Ghost’, on Hulu.