Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... Le sigh. Not surprising at all though, and I said as much when we were talking about Belonging a couple of weeks ago.
Let's just be clear about one thing: Fox burned up any goodwill it gained from renewing it. The way they treated the show, from leaving it in the Friday dead zone, to giving it shit for a lead-in, to not spending a dime on promotion, etc. makes it clear that the renewal was just posturing on their part.
It's clear based on Joss's reaction that he's decided to move on, even though I wanted to still hold out hope that he'd take the show to a network like Syfy where it'd be treated properly. I'll enjoy the rest of Season 2 and await whatever rises from his twisted mind next. And hopefully, whatever it is, it won't air on Fox.
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
I think the only thing surprising about this is how long it took to get here. Bummer.
I need to look for them, but I recall Joss making comments after Dr. Horrible that he'd love to continue developing for the web but he was contractually obligated to do a tv show. I don't know what further contract stipulations he might have, but I'd expect him to be working in that direction.
I still need to see Epitaph One.
You believe me, don't you? Please believe what I just said...
Hopefully if there's another series in his future, he moves away from Fox and heads to, I dunno, Showtime? AMC? FX? Some cable channel that actually embraces interesting programming and is able to give new series a chance to breathe and find an audience.
The real problem was that the show was too much of a slow burn in season one. The sad part is that season two has been amazing. I just hope doesn't pull the dick move with Angel to get us to buy comics with terrible art, but awesome stories. Buffy sadly is the opposite.
Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastardHopefully if there's another series in his future, he moves away from Fox and heads to, I dunno, Showtime? AMC? FX? Some cable channel that actually embraces interesting programming and is able to give new series a chance to breathe and find an audience.
Agreed. At this point, frankly, I wonder why any writer/director who wants to make an innovative TV series would even bother going to the networks first. (Besides the money, of course). LOST might go down in history as the last big gamble of a network show that was given time to breathe and develop.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
I still don't understand why Joss Whedon even bothered with Fox after how quickly they pulled the plug on Firefly. The fact that they put Dollhouse on the Friday 8pm death slot from the beginning makes it feel like Fox doomed him to fail from the start.
Originally posted by It's FalseI still don't understand why Joss Whedon even bothered with Fox after how quickly they pulled the plug on Firefly.
The short answer is Eliza Dushku had a deal at FOX to produce and star in two television series. The first was Tru Calling, check. She had to do a second and had an idea to play a character who had "multiple personalities" so she could play a different character each week. She approached the most brilliant writer/producer she knew with her idea, Joss got excited, and they brainstormed what became Dollhouse. Whatever Joss felt about bringing this to FOX after Firefly, business is still business. He had a star he believed in and wanted to work with again who was under contract to a network, he had a show he believed in and wanted to make, and the network wanted to work with both of them so it was a relatively easy green light to get the series on the air. The rest is history. (And after Firefly and Tru Calling, history repeated itself.)
Basically the new Showtime president A.) wasn't the one who developed DLM, and 2.) thought axing it and its larger budget could fund three other shows that had a better chance of getting the network HBO-type publicity.