Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku ready new tv series


There’s a big rhinosaurus in the room for a lot of my friends. Many of them don’t quite no how to react when I admit my undying love for all things Joss Whedon. Sure, there’s probably a few of them who get it, but the majority of people don’t understand just how wonderful Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly truly are. I suspect this is the same for a lot of Whedon fans, because I suspect that we are a vocal majority on the internet and find comfort in people from across the globe that share that love. Out in the real world we are viewed as something akin to lepers.

I won’t bother with the histrionics of Whedon acolytes or with trying to convert the unconvertable. But I will say, that I have no shame in loving his television programming, his sense of female empowerment, his sense of verbal foreplay, or his deft blend of action and humor. His voice is unique in the same way that Judd Apatow’s voice is reshaping the scope of what a comedy can be. Both manage to make geek chic, in their own identifiable way.

And for that we say welcome back to the small tubes Joss. Hopefully, your next series with Eliza Dushku will be more of a success than your last venture with FOX.

Dushku will star in the Whedon-penned series “Dollhouse,” which has been given a seven-episode order by Fox. News came as an extra-big Halloween treat for Whedon fans, considered some of the most passionate in all of TV.

Produced by 20th Century Fox TV — the studio also behind “Buffy,” “Angel” and Whedon’s late, lamented “Firefly” — “Dollhouse” follows a top-secret world of people programmed with different personalities, abilities and memories depending on their mission.

After each assignment — which can be physical, romantic or even illegal — the characters have their memories wiped clean, and are sent back to a lab (dubbed the “Dollhouse”). Show centers on Dushku’s character, Echo, as she slowly begins to develop some self-awareness, which impacts her missions.

Sounds like an interesting concept, one that won’t see the cathoray tubes until Fall of 2008. Apparantly, the show started as a germ when Whedon and Dushku sat down for lunch to discuss her options after signing a talent deal with FOX. Tim Minear, a long time Whedon collaborator, is also involved with this project.

“It was a mistake!” Whedon said. “I sat down with her to talk about her options, and acted all sage, saying things backwards like Yoda and laying out what I thought she should do. But in the course of doing it, I accidentally made one up. I told it to her, and she said, ‘That’s exactly what I want to do.’ “

It should also be noted that Eliza Dushku went to high school with me, not that we were friends or anything but it was a small enough high school and she always seemed like a good person. I once acted in a few plays as a young lad. So you know, I’ve got that going for me.


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