Dollhouse: Will Its Friday Premiere Doom the Series on Day One?
Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse
Joss Whedon fans love the Buffyverse, made Dr. Horrible an online hit, and did their best to save Firefly, his quirky space western. We'd love to see his new Dollhouse succeed, but we're nervous. Like Firefly, it's stuck in a Friday-night slot on Fox — and if the network opts to air episodes out of order, like it did with Firefly, the show may be in as much trouble as the Serenity crew.
Of course, Dollhouse is as different from Buffy, Angel and Firefly as you can get. The story revolves around Echo (Eliza Dushku), one of several actives, or "dolls," who have agreed to have their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with new traits and skills for each assignment. The dolls are hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected to become whatever the client wants them to be. It's darker than Whedon's past series — some have even likened the dolls to technologically enhanced hookers — but will the provocative concept lure in more viewers than it turns off?
What do you think? Does Dollhouse have a better shot at survival now that Fox has paired it with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Does it help that Buffy alum and super-hottie Eliza Dushku has promoted the pants off the show —appearing scantily-clad in TV ads and photo stills? Or could Dollhouse jump the shark on day one?