Thursday, November 01, 2007

Whedon, Dushku Enter Dollhouse

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is heading back to TV, along with his Buffy co-star Eliza Dushku, with Dollhouse, an SF series that Fox has given a seven-episode order, Variety reported.

Dushku will star in the Whedon-penned series, to be produced by 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind Buffy, its spinoff series Angel and Whedon's SF western show, 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). The show centers on Dushku's character, Echo, as she slowly begins to develop some self-awareness.

Whedon has already hammered out the basic outline for all seven episodes. Barring a writers' strike, Fox hopes to have the show in production by spring, giving the network an opportunity to be so far ahead of schedule by fall that it could potentially air a full season uninterrupted by breaks. The long lead time also gives Whedon, as well as the network and studio, plenty of time to evolve the show if needed.

Dushku, who brought Whedon back to Fox, will get a producer credit on the show as well.

Whedon had left TV to pursue a feature-film career, which included Serenity, a movie based on Firefly, and Wonder Woman, for which he wrote a script, but from which he departed before he could direct it.

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