Making whoopee

Joss! Whedon! Has! A! New! Show!

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Hear that? It’s the sound of Joss Whedon fans around the world freaking the frak out. (And I am one of them!)

I’m thrilled to tell you that just this afternoon, Joss Whedon rang me up to break the news that after a long, Whedonless TV drought, we Buffy fans are finally getting another TV series created by Mr. Whedon himself. Hell. Yeah.

While you scream, hyperventilate and then (hopefully) recover, I will tell you this: The news gets even better.

Whedon’s new Fox series, called Dollhouse, stars Miss Eliza Dushku, best known as Faith to you Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. And this show isn’t just a pilot. It’s already been given a seven-episode commitment by Fox. Woo!

Here’s how Fox describes the series:

Echo (Eliza Dushku) [is] a young woman who is literally everybody’s fantasy. She is one of a group of men and women who can be imprinted with personality packages, including memories, skills, language-even muscle memory-for different assignments. The assignments can be romantic, adventurous, outlandish, uplifting, sexual and/or very illegal. When not imprinted with a personality package, Echo and the others are basically mind-wiped, living like children in a futuristic dorm/lab dubbed the Dollhouse, with no memory of their assignments-or of much else. The show revolves around the childlike Echo’s burgeoning self-awareness, and her desire to know who she was before, a desire that begins to seep into her various imprinted personalities and puts her in danger both in the field and in the closely monitored confines of the Dollhouse.

Let’s hope Fox has changed its slithery style since Firefly’s days.

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3 thoughts on “Making whoopee

  1. Eee, it’s on Fox. No guarantee of survival then, no matter how good the show is.

    Also, Echo? Really? Alright, he managed to pull off a show named “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, probably the cheesiest TV show name ever, but a lead character named Echo? Yeesh.

    Eliza Dushku should be fun to watch on screen again. Any word on who else has been cast? Any Whedon alumni?

  2. Hey gal — let’s hope that leopards can change their spots!

    There’s a pretty good reason why the character is called Echo — cos she’s supposed to be whoever she’s told to be; yet, I think, just as echoes can come back wobbly or funny, the character’s seemingly perfect obedience starts to crack. Hee!

    The Joss in the interview says he’s trying to avoid making the show seem like a Buffy alumni gathering, especially since ED is cast as the lead. But, let’s not rule out the talent!

  3. *fingers crossed*

    Ah, ok then. That’s … deep. I’m still having difficulty picturing people calling her Echo though, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it sounds on screen :P

    Heh! He doesn’t need Buffy alumni though – he has Angel and Firefly stars to pick from too! With poor Nathan Fillion’s shows getting cancelled left and right, there might be a chance he’s free, right? *hopes*

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