Thursday, November 01, 2007

Enter the Dollhouse

Was that title a little too obvious? hmm... probably ;)

Ok well, exciting news today. Joss Whedon is coming back to television, with a brand new show to be served up on FOX next season. The series, called Dollhouse, will star Buffy alum and all around hottie Eliza Dushku.

A sweeping Matrix inspired sci fi series, Dollhouse will follow "a top-secret world of people who can be 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). The show centers on Dushku's character, Echo, as she slowly begins to develop some self-awareness, which impacts her missions.

The show will also revolve around the people who run the mysterious 'Dollhouse' and two other "dolls," a man and woman who are friendly with Echo. Then there's the federal agent who has heard an urban myth about the dolls, and is trying to investigate their existence."

Sounds very Dark Angel-esque to me, maybe mixed with some 3rd season Alias... anyhow, it sounds cool; that was my point. In this really interesting Variety article on the show Whedon and Dushku about their inspiration, and a bit more in-depth on how and why the show is coming together. And as Dushku's plan goes, it sounds like a pretty great way to un-pigeonhole herself.

We'll have to see where all this leads as we get closer to next Fall, where a 7 episode run has been ordered for FOX. Whedon and Dushku have already planned out the beats of all the episodes, so it should be pretty straightforward to put everything together, however that might be tricky if we end up with a writers strike. Only time will tell.


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