Fox finally cancelled Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, a move anticipated by fans practically since the cult favorite was surprisingly renewed for a second season.
The sci-fi series, which is filming episode 11, is expected to finish its 13-episode order, and Whedon is expected to give the show a proper ending.
Fox telegraphed this move by having Echo, played by Eliza Dushku, “sit on the bench” for November’s all important ratings sweeps period. Show-runner Whedon, a veteran of standing under the guillotine with his shows, planned accordingly.
ABC took almost the complete opposite approach for V, its new serial that has been troubled out of the gate. Counting on instant cult status for the legacy sci-fi re-imagination, shooting halted before an episode was aired. This forced the alphabet network to make the executive decision to bill it as a sweeps event, holding off until a November première and going on hiatus until 2010. When it does return, you should not be surprised to see it scheduled near other sci-fi serials such as LOST or Flashforward.
ABC has already announced that V will not return until after NBC’s Olympics to allow it some room for failure. It is surprising that Fox hasn’t chosen Dollhouse as a similar sacrificial lamb, choosing to end the series in January. Especially when you consider the dedicated audience that will watch it regardless of day and time.
Maybe Fox feels that is a job best handle by the Human Target.