Whedon Hints At Dollhouse's Planned Lifespan

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If Dollhouse gets canceled after this season, how much will we be missing? Joss Whedon has revealed how far ahead he's planned for Echo and friends, and it'll make you curse Fox's guillotine even more.

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Talking to Wizard magazine, Whedon explained about the process of getting Dollhouse on the air in the first place:

You know, it is tougher [to have changes dictated by Fox], particularly this year because I had a 45-minute note session that was followed by an executive telling me how much he loved "Dr. Horrible" [Whedon's online musical parody] which was obviously made without the benefit of network notes. And then I had "Cabin in the Woods" greenlit at MGM with no notes, which was rare for a movie, so I've been in this wonderful rarified position. But, having said that, I also, always, have to go in there knowing that their priorities may not be mine but their perspective is valid. If they know what they're doing, and I think these guys do, they're worth listening to. And even somebody who doesn't necessarily get what you're doing might be the one to say, "Hey, look, the emperor's naked." ...When I pitched it, I gave them a six-year plan with a lot of leeway for change. But what I really mapped out was the first 13, and even though we start in a different place than I had originally intended, we end up exactly where I'd intended in the 12th episode. Then, in the 13th episode, things just get stranger. There's some twisted shit coming.

On the plus side, it's good to know that the end result is as intended, even if the route there is different. But a six-year plan? I'm surprised, if only because of how directionless the show seemed in its first half of the (first?) season, and how eager to use up the expected big ideas (the awakening, for example) in its second. Finding out that there's somewhere else for it to go for another five years afterwards is almost enough alone to get me to demand a second season, so here's hoping that Fox get optimistic about the show's chances...

Up Close With Joss Whedon [Wizard]

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Chip Overclock®

Hard to believe anyone, even Whedon, could sustain quality and interest over a six year span. That's one of the reasons I'm a fan of the British television strategy of doing what in the U.S. would be considered miniseries: six or eight episodes and that's it. FAULTY TOWERS and ULTRAVIOLET come to mind. (And DR. WHO is the obvious exeption. But even DR. WHO can be thought of as being in that category if you consider each individual Doctor as a separate series.)