Dollhouse has been canceled. The Dollhouse television show, which helped kill the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles television show, has been given the axe by Fox. I can not say that I am surprised…or not happy. I never liked the economic decision Fox made between renewing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles or Dollhouse (the cheaper to produce per episode of the two). I love most of Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon‘s work, especially Firefly, but Dollhouse was weak, with the exception of specific episodes. Direction Dollhouse went into did not help build an audience for the show at all, except for episode Epitaph One, which television audiences did not see unless they rented or bought the DVD or downloaded the episode. I saw the signs of the cancelation coming. First at recent comic-cons, Fox execs assured fans that they would air all 13 episodes for Season 2 of Dollhouse. Why would they have to make this assurance if the show was not in trouble and in danger of being axed? Second, when Fox stopped airing new Dollhouse episodes in late October 2009 and started airing House re-runs in their place, I knew something was wrong. Why air re-runs in the Friday night dead zone when you have new episodes of series to air?
Now the only thing left to look forward to concerning Dollhouse are Summer Glau’s appearances and her black gloved left hand. “As for what Whedon’ll do next, here’s what he posted on Whedonesque: “I’m off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking. Possibly that relaxation thing I’ve read so much about. By the time the last episode airs, you’ll know what my next project is. But for now there’s a lot of work still to be done, and disappointment to bear.” Whedon should take as much time as he needs and learn from the lesson he has been spanked with twice: Stay away from Fox.