"Dollhouse:" So Long and Thanks For All The Fishnet

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December 16th, 2009

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To quote Eliza Dushku:

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Holy guacamole indeed.  And yes, I know that the show won't actually finish airing until January 22, but I figured I'd time the goodbye with the production wrap. 

From a TV by the Numbers perspective, Dollhouse is the rare show that will perhaps come along only once every 25 years.  Don't get me wrong, there will be plenty of shows that are ratings laggards that have their following who will slice and dice the numbers every which way from Sunday.  That will always happen.  But Dollhouse is remarkable in at least two ways.

For one, there was a save the show campaign nine months before the show even aired its first episode!  Moreover, it's renewal last spring for a second season was the TV by the Numbers equivalent of a last-second Doug Flutie "hail Mary" pass completion AND the Stanford band storming the field while the play was still live.

Joss was always a good sport and some have suggested he is too nice to thrive in the world of cut-throat television, but  don't be too surprised when he ultimately returns.  There were many talented people involved with Dollhouse, and a few who really got to showcase their talents. I'm looking forward to seeing where Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj and Maurissa Tancharoen (mostly for her writing talents, but I have enjoyed her brief appearances as the doll "Kilo") wind up.

Good luck, to all involved and thanks for all the memories.  And of course, for making sure people were interested in the Friday night ratings reports for a change.  I'll miss you, Dollhouse.


 
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