Producers of America: Congratulations, Joss! Now Leave Television Alone

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As if Dollhouse's fate wasn't enough, the Producers Guild of America is also giving Joss Whedon broad hints that his future may not be in broadcast television, by recognizing him for all the good work he's done... in new media.

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The PGA has selected Whedon to be the recipient of the Vanguard Award at January's PGA Awards. The Vanguard recognizes achievements in new media and technology, and previous winners have included George Lucas, James Cameron, and the founders of YouTube and MySpace. PGA co-chairs David Friendly and Laurence Mark explained their choice by saying,

Joss Whedon has mastered the art of melding the newest technology with inspired storytelling, truly exemplifying the spirit of the Vanguard Award.

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On the one hand, congratulations to Joss. On the other, am I the only person who thinks this is really odd timing? This is just about Dr. Horrible, right? Am I forgetting something else he's done with "the newest technology" that would fit here? And if I'm not, why is he being recognized now for something that's more than a year old, if not a subtle "Do more of this and less fighting with Fox over Eliza Dushku" message...?

PGA honors Joss Whedon [Variety]

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I feel like Dollhouse is the system WORKING. It was challenging, so rather than cancel it, Fox gave it a second chance. Then we saw it was challenging but ultimately not that good, either. So it got canceled. I feel like that is the right set of events.

Though I WOULD watch an "Epitaph" spin-off.