Mind-wiped humans serve as "dolls" for the wealthy in Dollhouse, a new TV series from Buffy and Firefly creator Joss Whedon. Echo (Eliza Dushku) can take on any personality you want her to have — complete with memories, skills, languages and "even muscle memory." Once imprinted, she fulfills the fantasy of whoever rented her, and then goes back to being a childlike amnesiac in the Dollhouse, a dorm/lab where she lives with her fellow dolls. But Echo starts to regain self-awareness and wants to find out who she really is, in the new Fox TV show which Joss is writing. Says Joss:
The idea is those with the money or connections can access this secret highly illegal facility where they can basically fulfill their greatest fantasies. Most people assume that means sex—and on an occasion it does, because that is a lot of people's fantasies—but it's basically scenarios. They can basically reenact scenarios of romance, adventure or anything perfectly, because they become the person that you want them to be—they become that person.
Fox has already committed to seven episodes of this show, and Angel/Firefly producer Tim Minear will be involved too. Joss has already pitched all seven storylines, in advance of the looming writers' strike. It's a vehicle for Dushku, who already had the deal at Fox. Here's hoping the network gives it the same chance that Tru Calling got. Image by Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images.
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