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Got Questions for Joss Whedon?

Joss Whedon with Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku

Joss Whedon, the singular mind who in the past has given us Buffy, Angel, "Captain Tightpants" and Dr. Horrible soon will introduce television viewers to another memorable (if "forgetful" character) — Dollhouse's Echo, played by Eliza Dushku. Echo is an "active," a kind of a robot-hooker hybrid whose native personality and memories have been erased, allowing her to be programmed with the specific skills or characteristics that any "engagement" — or client with a robust checkbook — requires.

As the Feb. 13 series premiere of Fox's Dollhouse nears, Whedon will be dropping by HQ to answer not just our questions but many of yours. So take a moment, give it some thought and offer up the one thing you would ask Joss — on any topic — after the jump. read more

24, Partridge Family, Firefly and Other Announced Releases

Kiefer Sutherland in 24: EXILE by Kelsey McNeal/FOX

New releases announced today, July 30:10 Items Or Less - The Complete 1st And 2nd Seasons will be coming out January 13 24 - Exile: Special Creator's Cut will be coming out November 25 Breaking Bad - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out January 20 Doctor Who - The Infinite Quest will be coming out November 18 Firefly - The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out November 11 The Partridge Family - The Complete 3rd Season will be coming out October 14 Quark - The Complete Series will be coming out October 14 'Til Death - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out January 13 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

HDTV Lovers: Which TV Shows Deserve Blu-ray Release?

Firefly on Blu-ray Disc, Courtesy of Fox Home Ent.

Right at this moment we're nearing the end of a mini TV shows on Blu-ray "drought". Did you realize there even WAS one? Oh, yeah: the January 29th release of Damages marks the last time a TV season set came out on the high definition Blu-ray Disc format.But if you own a Blu-ray player, then never fear! The dry spell is over in just a few weeks, when Lionsgate releases Weeds - Season 3 on June 3rd. And other titles are on the way, too, including the just-announced 3rd Season of Prison Break, arriving day-and-date with the DVD version on August 26.There's much more, too. Among the upcoming titles are July 1st's Mad Men from Lionsgate, BBC Video's July 29th release of Robin Hood, and MGM's direct-to-video return of Stargate SG-1, titled "Continuum," on the same date. August 26th sees the first *TWO* seasons of Heroes on BD and, just a week prior to that, the first season of the Cartoon Network's Justice League comes to stores. The fourth seasons of both Grey's Anatomy and Lost have bee... read more

Firefly to Get a New, Blu Release

Firefly courtesy Fox

Jewel Staite makes her living these days playing Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate: Atlantis, but of course many fans fondly remember her older role as Kaylee on Joss Whedon's Firefly. Staite found time to be a guest the past two weekends at the first rounds of the 2008 Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Australia (March 28-30 in Melbourne and April 4-6 in Brisbane; she couldn't make it to the Sydney or Perth events).During a question-and-answer session with fans at her Melbourne appearance, Staite was asked if there's still hope for further adventures with the crew of Serenity. She replied that she thought there was, and that "if they called, I would be there in a heartbeat." In the process of answering this question, she dropped quite a bombshell:"I just heard that they're re-releasing Firefly, a special edition of Firefly in a box set," Staite said. "They actually asked me if I was able to come down to L.A. and do a commentary in the spring. So I think that would be fun."We checked in wi... read more

Adam Baldwin Reveals What's Up with Chuck

Adam Baldwin, Chuck

While Zachary Levi's unlikely spy tries to make the best of an impossible situation – none to easy when your CIA handler is as smokin' as Sarah! – it's up to Adam Baldwin's Casey to keep everyone in line and on target. The Firefly alum gave a sneak peek at what's ahead on NBC's buzzworthy Chuck (airing Mondays at 8 pm/ET). Plus, what is Zachary Levi really like when the cameras stop rolling? It's nice to see Chuck ticking back up in the ratings.Adam Baldwin: Yeah, yeah, I mean we have really tough competition on Monday nights. The sports guys [watching Monday Night Football], hopefully they'll be finding us [when the NFL season is over]. So we're all full of high hopes. And then… there's the writers strike. And then there's the writers strike. How many episodes did you get done?Baldwin: We will complete the initial order of 13. They banged out Episode read more

Eliza Dushku Lures Joss Whedon Back to TV!

Eliza Dushku courtesy Fox, Joss Whedon courtesy Fox

Short of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion movie, this is just about the best news you could ask for: Eliza Dushku and Joss Whedon are reteaming for a new series! (Told ya it would be worth tearing yourself away from the candy corn to drop by The Ausiello Report.) Here are the five things you have to know about the show, and I mean now:1. It's a one-hour drama produced by Twentieth Century Fox to air on Fox. The first of the seven episodes to which the network has committed could premiere as early as spring. 2. It's called Dollhouse because that's the nickname of the high-tech lab where a group of human chalkboards are kept between assignments.3. Human chalkboards?! Yes! What else would you call characters like Dushku's Echo who can be given new memories, skills and even personalities, then stripped of them just as quickly, leaving them virtual children?4. Whedon is the creator, head writer and executive producer, and perhaps in part because Dushku convinced him to do the show, she... read more

Series Premiere

If you didn’t watch the debut of Chuck, why not? This is one of the smartest, funniest shows of the new season. Couch potatoes and computer geeks rejoice: ou have been given a hero who doesn’t have perfect hair or rock-hard abs. Armed with a pocket protector and deadpan sarcasm, Chuck is an unassuming every-nerd (we all went to school with a guy like this) who finds himself in the ultimate geek fantasy: working with the government to thwart international spies and evildoers. It was a great choice to open with Chuck’s uncomfortable birthday party. I could feel how out of place he was in his own home when his well-intentioned sister forced him to socialize with "real live women." The scene not only laughed at Chuck’s stereotypical geek behavior, but it laughed with him when he made the joke about working on his five-year plan and just needing to "pick a font." The sudden cut to Chuck’s former college roommate, "Big Man on Campus" Bryce, who turns out to be a s... read more

I've been amazed when people ...

Question: I've been amazed when people have said in previous Ask Matt questions that they don't want to start watching a show because of the chance it might be canceled. I've lived through the agony of having shows I've cared for canceled. I was crushed when Dark Angel ended mid-story. I was in agony when Firefly ended prematurely and stunned when Farscape was canceled after a gut-wrenching cliff-hanger. And there are many others: Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Veronica Mars, Drive. Doubtless there will be others. But I don't regret having watched any of these shows. Would my life have been less rich if I had never watched Firefly? Would I be better off if I had never seen Dead Like Me? I understand wanting a beloved show to go on for seven or eight seasons, but I'm grateful even for the brief glimpses into alternate realities that these shows provided. I would have loved to see where Wonderfalls would have gone, but I'm delighted that I got to experience the show at all. So yes, some of ... read more

Terminator Sequel: Fox Makes Mid-season Noise

Lena Headey and Thomas Dekker in The Sarah Connor Chronicles by Joe Viles/Fox

With the Fox network, it's often all about the mid-season, the time when shows like American Idol and 24 come along to rescue the network from its fall doldrums. Not that it's impossible for any of Fox's September newcomers to catch on. The Kelsey Grammer/Patricia Heaton sitcom Back to You looks very commercial. The situation is admittedly tougher for the downbeat New Orleans crime drama K-Ville or the murky supernatural crime drama New Amsterdam (about an immortal detective) to buck the odds and be a factor come January. While it's possible one or both may hit its mark, you can't help but feel that they might as well be titled "Placeholder 1" and "Placeholder 2" (shades of last fall's Vanished, Justice and Standoff).Once again, Fox is holding back one of its biggest guns (literally) for January. Easily the most anticipated show on the network's lineup is The Sarah Connor Chronicles (look for the word Terminator to be added to the title before it premieres): a high-octane, big-budge... read more

TV Guide Names the Top Cult Shows Ever

How much cult cachet does Jericho have?

Three years ago, TV Guide dared to compile a list of the Top 25 Cult Shows Ever, a veritable who's who of programs that got people talking — and in many cases still had them talking long after the final episode aired. The litmus tests were many. These are the types of shows that make normal folk Romulan-fluent, series that inspire what can only be called worship. The faithful collect everything from action figures (and perhaps way too many of them) to yellowing scripts obtained by any means necessary. They attend conventions in fangs or blue skin or with Hurley's numbers tattooed in disturbing places. Spurred on by the successful campaign to get Jericho plucked from the postapocalyptic ashes and returned to CBS' 2007-08 slate, TV Guide revisited that years-old countdown, asking ourselves such tough questions as: Is Lost too  read more

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Premiered: September 20, 2002, on FOX
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Premise: A former rebel and his shady crew embark on galactic missions for profit in a transport ship, the ironically named Serenity, in this space swashbuckler set 400 years in the future. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator Joss Whedon pitted the crew against the Alliance, a totalitarian interplanetary regime. 'It plays like a normal drama except that it's floating in space,' said Whedon. It was an ambitious and original sci-fi enterprise, but 'Firefly' never caught on and was gone in three months.



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