io9’s Graeme McMillan put an interesting post up this weekend on the cycle of how fans deal with canceled shows. However, the most interesting part is actually from SyFy’s Craig Engler on why the former Sci-Fi Channel doesn’t pick up network cast-offs. (They cost too much, of course.)
Cancellation demon finally catches up to Dollhouse
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, and Entertainment Weekly confirmed… Dollhouse has been cancelled by Fox. The network will air the remaining episodes in December. Here’s Joss Whedon’s statement on Whedonesque:
I don’t have a lot to say. I’m extremely proud of the people I’ve worked with: my star, my staff, my cast, my crew. I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months. I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.
I’m off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking. Possibly that relaxation thing I’ve read so much about. By the time the last episode airs, you’ll know what my next project is. But for now there’s a lot of work still to be done, and disappointment to bear.
Thank you all for your support, your patience, your excellent adverts. See you again. -j.
Whedonesque is arranging a thank you to the cast and crew.
TV news: Doctor Who gets a logo makeover and Dollhouse is in trouble. Again.
The Doctor gets spiffed up for new season. As if Flopsy McEmohair wasn’t enough of a change, the BBC has unveiled a new logo/branding for Doctor Who. It’s a tad sophomore-year design project, but I kinda dig it.
Second verse, same as the first. Dollhouse is in trouble! How novel! The campaign is thataway.
Ride into Westeros. Horse-riding extras are needed in Northern Ireland for HBO’s A Game of Thrones later this month.
Genre TV Round-Up
Now that everyone has gotten over Johnny Depp’s appearance and that smooch between John Barrowman and David Tennant, Airlock Alpha catches us up on all we missed with sci-fi TV:
- Joss Whedon tells all about the Dollhouse renewal surprise, the upcoming Buffy comics and his gleeful anticipation of Glee (along with half of Club Jade).
- NBC embraces the whole Comic-Con experience by posting incredible amounts of video to watch from Chuck and Heroes.
- Warehouse13 has mental stress to thank for its cast.
And now let’s see what scoopage E! is covering:
- No surprise here: HBO picks up True Blood for another season.
- Kristin gets some scoopage on how long you’ll get to see Dominic Monaghan on Lost.
- And they examine the Heroes trailer.
And one final tidbit for crushed Jericho fans: it looks like they’re trying for a wrap-up movie.
Shocker: Dollhouse survives for another season
The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd reports that Dollhouse is actually getting a second season – or at least 13 more episodes. An official announcement is expected Monday at the Fox upfronts.
Vulcan to get Trek pre-release screening, Red Dwarf, Terminator Salvation and more…
As the geek world turns:
- The town of Vulcan, Alberta, will have a special pre-release screening of Star Trek, after Leonard Nimoy went to bat for them to the Paramount bigwigs who chose Sydney, Australia for the world premiere. But wait, Vulcan doesn’t even have a movie theater!
- Leonard Nimoy talks about being Spock one more time, and gives a spoiler as to his scene.
- Some new Red Dwarf: Back to Earth photos have popped up, as well as a postcard from Lister.
- NPR ponders: Does the end of BSG mean dividends for Dollhouse?
- Moviehole reports that the ending of Terminator Salvation has been changed since the original ending was leaked online last month. Maybe they’ll put in that line about the Salvation Army? Will this affect the prequel novel “Terminator Salvation: From the Ashes” written by Timothy Zahn that came out last week?
- And with the latest promo material showcasing the cast of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, cinematical wonders where are Ryan Reynolds and Dominic Monaghan?
Tidbits from the sci-fi world…
Some little bits from the world of genre:
- io9 thinks that Dollhouse is possible now, with our existing brain manipulating tech. But will they make us as good looking as Eliza Dushku? Meanwhile, the Dollhouse first episode “Ghost” climbed to the top of the TV episodes list on iTunes.
- Sophie Winkleman, (Susan from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) has been cast in the upcoming Red Dwarf special: Back to Earth.
- Andrew Liptak lists out 9 sci-fi books that would be great movies. Karen Traviss and Tim Zahn make the list.
- Joss Whedon will be receiving the Bradbury award for excellence in screenwriting, to be presented at this year’s Nebula Awards this April.
What’s the science behind Dollhouse?
Martin Anderson over at DenOfGeek.com muses on cellular memory, integration, and other scientific explanations, based on other genre works, for how the titular system of Joss Whedon’s upcoming show, Dollhouse, might work? Will Eliza Dushku eventually realize she’s actually Faith? Dollhouse premieres February 13, 2009 on Fox.
Is Dollhouse in the doghouse?
It’s like deja vu all over again. Fox has decided to place the new Whedon show Dollhouse on Fridays at 9pm, Eastern. Fans of Firefly are probably having flashbacks to its own deadly timeslot of Fridays at 9pm. And it’ll be in competition with Clone Wars and whatever lands on that slot on SciFi, once Stargate Atlantis is off the air. But they’re pairing it with The Sarah Connor Chronicles, so hopefully that will help it a little.
i09 is hopeful, though, and thinks this will be Joss’ best show ever. Think those shiny thoughts, people!
SDCC ’08: Saturday and Sunday at the con
While I don’t doubt there were still plenty of Star Wars fans still roaming around Saturday and Sunday, with most of the panels being on Friday there wasn’t much new floating around. Well, except for the Mandalorian wedding. (Oye vey.) And Cinematical posted a brief review of Fanboys. And the official site has more pictures, of course, while Rebelscum continues exhaustively documenting the booths and products of every licensee.
- The Dollhouse panel featured Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku and Tamoh Penikett.
- SPOILERS: They showed the entire first episode of Heroes S3. That’s so not cool. Well, for us, anyway.
- Sorry Paula, but they just won’t shut up about Battlestar Galactica.
- Video: The Movie Blog nabs a few minutes with Paul Ens; Naomi Novik gets a gift from a fan; See a teaser for Pixar’s next, Up.
- Also: Neil Gaiman’s new project, Lost, Futurama, Terminator Salvation, and The Sarah Conner Chronicles