Joss Whedon is back on TV this January…and once again on Fox. The show is called “Dollhouse“, and it looks kind like the typical Joss Whedon premise.
JJ Abrams has a new show called Fringe coming in the fall that looks pretty cool too. With Lost and BattleStar Galactica only a season away from ending, I hope something cool comes out soon.
I’m afraid that the same thing will happen to these shows that always happens to anything interesting. Tim Minnear’s “The Inside” is a perfect example, an incredibly brilliant show that just never found an audience.
Whedon, being one of those “internet savvy” types, has already set up a website called “Dollhouseverse”, and they’ve put up a trailer.
It looks like a bit of a Buffy and Angel homecoming with Tim Minear, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Joss Whedon himself writing, as well as a couple of Whedon regulars Eliza “Faith” Dushku as one of the dolls, and Amy “Fred” Acker as a scientist.
The show will debut as a midseason replacement in January 2009 and will air Mondays at 8PM EST on Fox and Global in Canada.
The premise (from Wikipedia)
In Dollhouse, Dushku plays a young woman named Echo, a member of a group of people known as “Actives” or “Dolls” who volunteered for the work in the Dollhouse. They give up five years of their lives, and at the end they receive a large sum of money and no memory of anything they did for the Dollhouse. The Dolls have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, including memory, muscle memory, skills, and language, for different assignments. They’re then hired out for particular jobs, crimes, fantasies, and occasional good deeds. On missions, Actives are monitored internally (and remotely) by Handlers. In between tasks, they are mind-wiped into a child-like state and live in a futuristic dormitory/laboratory, a hidden facility nicknamed “The Dollhouse”. The story follows Echo, who begins, in her mind-wiped state, to become self-aware.
Beyond Dushku’s character, the show will also revolve around the people who run the mysterious “Dollhouse” and two other “Dolls”, Victor and Sierra, who are friendly with Echo. Although the Actives are ostensibly volunteers, the operation is highly illegal and under constant threat from Paul Smith, a determined federal agent who has heard a rumor about the dolls on one end and an insane rogue Active on the other.