'Dollhouse:' Will you come out to play?

Dollhouse_lWe’ve seen the promos. We’re read the reviews. We don’t need convincing that Eliza Dushku is gorgeous and talented enough to headline her own show. So why does the outlook for Dollhouse, the latest mythology from Joss Whedon (debuts this Friday), seem marginal at best? It’s the timeslot, stupid: Fox typically averages an anemic 5.5 million viewers on Friday, and given Whedon’s niche appeal, Dollhouse may only generate an audience half that size. Plus, there are fears that a dense drama based around a protagonist who appears to have no free will could self-destruct by the third week. I mean, where do you go with a kooky conceit like that?

Then again, let’s not forget the upside: Since expectations are soooo low for Fridays (heck, look at the staying power of Ghost Whisperer!), Fox may be patient with Dollhouse and give Whedon plenty of time to work out the kinks. After all, the even-denser Fringe had its fair share of naysayers last fall (many of whom work in our own offices), but Fox rolled with the punches, and now the series from the brilliant minds of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman has blossomed into one helluva thrill ride (and damn ,that Joshua Jackson is truly sublime). 

So will you join the millions (thousands?) of Whedon-ites this Friday at 9 p.m. ET (8 central!) to watch Dushku (pictured) kick some ass? Are the promos a turn on — or off?

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Check out this clip from the upcoming series:

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  • coryp

    I love whedon and Dushku I think will be pretty good, but in a strange way I hope this show fails, if only so Whedon will finally move to cable or HBO where his shows can have a full life.

  • Nee Nee

    DVR is already set

  • Lucy

    I will absolutely watch I love Whedon’s work Buffy was the best

  • Soundinfinite

    Yes…I will.

  • Kim

    Ditto – I have been patiently waiting for this to premiere. . .cannot wait!

  • Kevin J

    If Fox bollocks this up, it’ll hurt them in the long run.
    Elza has already headlined her own show, “Tru Calling”. She has the chops, but this seems more of an ensemble show. We’ll see.
    Considering the turn out for this show at Dragon*con, I think it will be just fine ratings-wise for awhile. If it is a good show, then they will come. Just hope Fox doesn’t screw up the online portion of this show, because whether or not they realize it, that will be a big place people will watch it.

  • Cardsgal

    Fool me once, Fox…I’m still POed that Tru Calling was cancelled, so I will NOT be watching this.

  • Mike B

    No doubt in my mind. But lets not forget that it goes up against Friday Night Lights. Lets hope for more DVR action.

  • Anonymous

    This is only slightly related. But I recently bought Blossom on DVD and was surprised to see the entire 1st season was AN ENTIRE SEASON!! Not six or 8 episodes!! Why did we stop giving things a chance? I hope this show is good and it gets the shot it deserves. Producers now have ONE SHOT to create the greatest show on the planet or it gets pulled. Its totally stupid.

  • ks

    I will give it a go…. can’t wait

  • DW

    The so-so reviews have left me with low expectations, but I’ll certainly tune in for at least a few episodes.

  • Vicky

    I’m in. I’ve been waiting good long while. Plus Terminator is back on too. I secretly hope my friends don’t make plans that night (or at least not until til after 9) so I can stay home and watch it live.

  • CB

    You had me at Eliza :)

  • Sara

    I’ll definitely watch – the early reviews have been a little iffy, but to be honest I wasn’t a big fan of the first season of Buffy, so I’m willing to give this show time to develop (and having it on Friday night=low expectations for an audience and presumably less willingness to cancel a show that isn’t raking in viewers)

  • ez

    Big fan of Joss’s. But saw the pilot for this and …. eh. We’ll see

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