I got a few e-mails, along the lines of HEY, where is your story about how Joss Whedon is now saying there is hope for a season two, and don't you find it interesting that less than a week ago, he was pessimistic?
The truth is, barring a miraculous ratings turnaround, I don't think there's really going to be anything new to say until FOX makes its announcements on May 18. But here is a good link to that story from Korbi Ghosh:
To be clear, there has been no official pick up, but Joss is optimistic that the network -- filled with execs who love the show, he says -- will be looking at the full picture, including iTunes purchases, DVR playback, hulu streaming, etc., and he reassured fans that the people who canned his previous FOX TV endeavor “Firefly” are not a part of the team that will decide if “Dollhouse” returns.
And here is a link to the same information but this time from James Hibberd:
“So right now I’ve gone from a sort of place of ‘You don’t even care, nobody loves me’ [laughs] to a place of God, I can’t believe I’m saying this ... hope.
“We might actually get the chance to do what we’re dying to do, which is tell more of these stories with these crazy people because we have so many more yet to come,” Whedon said of the series in which Eliza Dushku (Buffy) plays an “active” whose memory is wiped and replaced to suit various “engagements.”
“Basically it’s what happens in the next few weeks; we have a new lead-in (replacing 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles'), we have a few more episodes coming up — whether it’s 12 or 13 — they are fierce,” he added. “They are ridiculous; I am so proud of them. We’re going to go out this season with a bang, and hopefully we’ll get to come back for Season 2.”
I don't really find the change from pessimism to optimism surprising at all. First, I really believe that FOX hasn't made its decision yet. The numbers point to it getting cancelled, but maybe the execs at FOX Studios like the thought of Dushku in dominatrix gear and other lingerie so much, they will discount it heavily to the FOX broadcast network. Unless there are a couple hundred thousand pre-orders of the DVD before May 18, I don't see that happening, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen.
Secondly, there's no upside to Whedon being pessimistic in public and there is downside. It bums out those working on the show and it can't make the studio or network happy (even if he was just being honest about how he felt at the time, which I'm sure he was). But optimism makes more sense. There might not be huge upside to it, but there's no downside to it either. Basically he's saying, "it could happen and I'm crossing my fingers that it does."
That doesn't mean he won't bust out with a "send dolls to FOX campaign!" sometime before May 18, but nothing he's doing right now strikes me as trying to whip fans into a frenzy in hopes of saving the show. Instead, he's merely trying to give the people working on the show, and the fans some hope. Without the frenzy. Nothing wrong with that.