Dollhouse Season 2 DVD
The DVD for Dollhouse season 2 is available for preorder from Amazon. Even if no release date is still not announced at least this means we should have one soon.
Dollhouse season 2 is great, even better then season one.
Dollhouse season two premiered Sept. 25 on FOX for a 13 episode season. Unfortunately even with a good following Fox claimed that the ratings weren't good enough and canceled the show after the 13 episodes. Although the show was cut short Josh Whedon was able to tie up most of the loose ends by Epitaph Two.
- 2.1 Vows
- 2.3 Instinct
- 2.2 Belle Chose
- 2.4 Belonging
- 2.5 The Public Eye
- 2.6 The Left Hand
- 2.7 Meet Jane Doe
- 2.8 A Love Supreme
- 2.9 Stop-Loss
- 2.10 The Attic
- 2.11 Getting Closer
- 2.12 The Hollow Men
- 2.13 Epitaph Two: Return
DANIEL PERRIN (Alexis Denisof) is a U.S. senator leading a witch hunt to track down the underground organization. Mysterious, charismatic businessman MARTIN KLAR (Jamie Bamber) is Echo's new husband. BRADLEY KARRENS (Michael Hogan) comes to the Dollhouse hoping to stop a psychotic family member's killing spree, while MATTHEW HARDING (Keith Carradine), a nemesis of Dollhouse leader ADELLE DEWITT (Olivia Williams), stirs up trouble.
Sounds interesting, especially considering a Dollhouse high mucketimuck said through Victor in Epitaph 1 that everyone in government was a client of the Dollhouse or "one of ours." They could do a lot of things with that.
Watch Dollhouse streaming online below
Rumors have circulated for a while about Summer Glau appearing on Dollhouse. Joss said he wanted to put her in a role we had not seen her in before.
Summer Glau ("Firefly," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") reunites with Joss Whedon when the actress joins the cast of DOLLHOUSE this fall in a recurring role as BENNETT, a Dollhouse employee who shares a past with ECHO (Eliza Dushku).
I cannot wait to see Summer return to a good series.
Joss Whedon controls the Dollhouse now?
"[The mandate is] to keep doing what he's doing," President of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting,, Kevin Reilly, said. "That is really the gift of Joss. Some people can create a good show. Joss was pretty open about those hiccups. I think in the second half of the year, he found the show and started having fun with it. I don't think he was having a lot of fun early on, but he was fantastic to work with all the way through. The fact that he found that, it will be much smoother sailing this year (Airlock Alpha)."
That's the story, and I hope it's true. Joss knows where he wants to take the series and the few episodes he did his way last year were the best.
I am not sure I buy this. Fox is a micromanaging network, and I suspect that they are going to find some subtle, passive-aggressive ways to push Joss the way they want him to go.
I have my fingers crossed. Do you think Joss will get to do Dollhouse his way for season 2?
Dollhouse Second Season Active!
The show will return for 13 episodes, with an option for more episodes if required. Return is seen likely for Fall. The show budget has been slashed, however the show is moving from 50 minutes per episode to 42 minutes per ep, which should help bring down some production costs (End of Show).
Why shorter episodes?
Fox was experimenting with shorter commercial breaks in an attempt to raise the rating on their network. The problem is too many people are watching TV through various time shifting and decabled methods. All of the shows on Fox will have shorter episodes next season as they return to the 42 minute format.
Why is the show being renewed?
the show's DVR numbers are huge (averaging a 40% bump from live-plus-same-day to live-plus-7), online streaming is strong. It’s a sci-fi show, which tend to bring in strong ancillary revenue such as DVD sales for sister-company studio 20th TV (The Live Feed).
The moral of the story
Fans won this round. It is up to all of us to support the show through DVD purchases and converting our friends into Dollhouse fans like us.
We can do it! Lets grow the fanbase so next year's 13 episode season will be expanded to 20 or 22!
It you missed season 1, here is a spoiler rich recap:
Clearing up the F.U.D. about Dollhouse
Right off of the high of learning Felicia Day would be on Dollhouse (here), the F.U.D. (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) about Dollhouse's future began: We learned that episode 13, "Epitaph One" will not air on Fox (here). Now, we have a little more information.
"Epitaph One" has Felicia Day in it
Man, day getting worse and worse. Found out my Dollhouse ep, #13 isn't gonna air. Only on DVD. Such a great part too. Thx Fox. :( (see tweet)
So now we know that "Epitaph One" is the episode that Felicia Day is on, and that this is the episode that is not getting aired.
The furor over this announcement surrounds what Kevin Reilly, Fox entertainment president, said on January 13, 2009:
we’re going to let the show play out for 13 episodes and hopefully it will catch on ... if we can do some business there, that would be a great thing for the future (The Hollywood Reporter).
What is Episode 13 anyway?
Sites like Wikipedia and EpGuides list "Omega" as Episode 12, which is technically accurate as it will, in fact, be the show's 12th episode to air. Said sites also, however, list an Episode 13, titled "Epitaph One (Hitfix)."
So, let's step back for a moment. On Speculative Fiction Today this afternoon, I mentioned that this might be a fight between two Foxes (here). It is looking more and more like this is the case.
The "Omega" episode is the 13th episode of that original order. It is the second part of a heavily-arced two-part closure to the season and it was written, produced and directed as the season finale. It brings the slow-developing Alpha storyline to a climax and answers a number of questions about the Dollhouse and its inhabitants. It also raises possible questions setting up a possible Season Two, but it isn't a shocking cliffhanger.
"Epitaph One" was ordered by 20th Century Fox TV, the show's production company, but not by the network and the network had no commitment to air that episode (Hitfix).
This is Fox Television's official story, and it is a strange story.
Why would 20th Century Fox TV order an episode they had not sold?
That is really the question. If, in fact, 20th Century Fox TV produced 14 episodes of a series that was only picked up for a 13 episode run, that would be exceedingly odd. Media companies guarantee income from the series they make by selling them to the companies that air them, but it isn't the only way they make money. Media producers also have DVD, digital sales, and digital streaming to fiance their product.
So why would 20th Century Fox TV produce more episodes than they sold?
- Image via Wikipedia
Don't laugh, this is the most likely answer.
- Fox TV says they ordered 13 episodes starting at the pilot.
- 20th Century Fox TV produced 13 episodes staring at The Pilot through "Epitaph One"
- Fox TV made them re-shoot The Pilot
- Fox TV counts the pilot as 2 episodes: "The Unaired Pilot" and "Ghost"
- 20th Century Fox TV counts the pilot as 1 episode
What seems to be at work here are two different methods of accounting the number of episodes produced.
I think there is a good change that Joss Wheadon wrote and produced "Epitaph One" to ensure that if the show only got one season, there would be a sense of closure. He made this series like he did Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it is a contained story in and of itself.
Remember, the plot arc was set prior to the re-shoots for the pilot.
My Tin Foil Hat Theory
I doubt this is true, but I love to get a little conspiratorial from time to time.
- What if Joss talked 20th Century Fox TV into producing an episode that could not be aired on television for contractual reasons.
- The episode would only be available via digital download and streaming.
- To hype interest in the episode, they cast Felicia Day in that episode.
- What if this is a test to see if Dollhouse requires a television network to make the production company money?
I know this is not very likely, and if it is true, he should have told Felicia (or she is playing us all), but it would be a perfect way to test a large production like this.
We know that Joss is tired of dealing with the networks. We know he really enjoyed making Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog. This could be a bridge from old media to new media.
(sigh) I know it is not very likely. It would be cool to see Joss free from the network.
Dollhouse is not Canceled
To clear up any confusion: Dollhouse has not been cancelled. It's just that Fox will not air the last episode of season one. (see tweet)
Will "Dollhouse" eventually be cancelled? I can't tell you that today. I can tell you to look at the show's ratings. If you just look at overnight and Fast National figures, that will probably tell you that hopes are bleak for a second "Dollhouse" season. If you look at DVR and iTunes and other ancillary numbers, it might offer hope (Hitfix).
We really don't know what the future of the series will be.
This is a series that has shown rabid fan support on a network that doesn't understand how to treat it's audience right.
The nature of media is changing. Dollhouse has an audience in new media, and should be produced for us. It is designed to be watched over and over again without commercial interruption. I think it would be great if Dollhouse became the first Hulu exclusive show.
Is the news about "Epitaph One" Good?
Not at the moment. If fans have to wait to see the episode until the DVD box set comes out, that is obnoxious, but if Fox TV doesn't want to give the series a sense of finality, that does raise hopes for a second season.
If they post the episode to Hulu, make it available at iTunes and Amazon, and use it to show how the series doesn't need the network, I would pleased.
UPDATE: Preorders open on the DVD
The DVD and Blu-ray release of Dollhouse drops on July 28, TVShowsonDVD.com reported. The discs will contain all 13 episodes—"Ghost," "The Target," "Stage Fright," "Gray Hour," "True Believer," "Man on the Street," "Echoes," "Needs," "A Spy in the House," "Haunted," "Briar Rose," "Omega" and "Epitaph One"—as well as the original unaired pilot episode, "Echo," the site reported. (Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for the DVD.) (Scifi Wire)
Whedon’s Dollhouse on Hold
A second midseason Fox series, producer Joss Whedon's new drama "Dollhouse," has shut down production for a couple of weeks to work on scripts (Reuters).
Yet again, Fox is meddling with Joss' work. After everything that Fox did to Firefly, I cannot help but wonder if now might not be the best time to start writing to Fox. This is the second time they have halted the series...