Well I was hoping we’d see the new Joss Whedon series on Fox’s Fall 2008 schedule but it looks like we’ll be waiting until midseason 2009 for Dollhouse to premiere. Oh well, no sense in complaining because on the plus side: New Joss Whedon series! As I didn’t watch Buffy, Angel or Firefly when they originally aired, I’m eager to get to see Whedon’s latest creation as it unfolds.

Here’s the description from Fox’s website:

“ECHO (Dushku) is an "Active," a member of a highly illegal and underground group who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Confined to a secret facility known as the "Dollhouse," Echo and the other Actives including SIERRA (Dichen Lachman, Neighbours) and VICTOR (Enver Gjokaj, "The Unit") carry out engagements assigned by ADELLE (Olivia Williams, X-Men: The Last Stand, Rushmore), one of the Dollhouse leaders. The engagements cater to the wealthy, powerful and connected, and require the Actives to immerse themselves in all manner of scenarios - romantic, criminal, uplifting, dangerous, comical and the occasional "pro bono" good deed.

After each scenario, Echo, always under the watchful eye of her handler BOYD (Harry Lennix, Commander in Chief, 24), returns to the mysterious Dollhouse where her thoughts, feelings and experiences are erased by TOPHER (Fran Kranz, Welcome to the Captain), the Dollhouse's genius programmer. Echo enters the next scenario with no memory of before. Or does she?”

And according to Fox’s site, there’s a whole side-story going on in which an FBI Agent named Paul Smith (played by Battlestar Galactica’s Tahmoh Penikett) is investigating the Dollhouse. Meanwhile, Echo starts to remember some of her past and things really start to get complicated.

One of the things Whedon really excels at is character development, so I’m very excited to see how these characters' lives come together and the relationships they have with each other. Also, while I’m excited to see Dushku returning to the small screen in another Whedon creation, I’m just as eager to see Tahmoh Penikett, who currently plays the handsome boy-scouty character Helo on BSG in a new role.

As it stands right now, Dollhouse is set to air on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. Dollhouse at 8 pm followed by 24 at 9? I know what I’ll be doing on Monday nights come January.


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