As fans of the show are likely painfully aware, the last episode of Dollhouse dropped to a new low in the ratings. An estimated 2.75 million viewers tuned in to see the showdown between Echo (Eliza Dushku) and Alpha (Alan Tudyk), with a 1.0/4 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic.
Combined with the past ratings, you’d think that Dollhouse would be dead in the water but the fans, creator Joss Whedon, and the network just refuse to give up on it.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Whedon pitched his ideas for season two to the network last week and the meeting apparently went very well. Discussions are now underway to try to find a way to make the show work financially.
A part of those discussions may be to try to find a way to take better advantage of non-traditional viewing. The show does very well in those areas but right now, they don’t pay off for the network in any meaningful way. Whedon, who’s had great success with his Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog experiment, might have some ideas on how to make that a bit more fruitful.
Dushku is certainly on board for season two. The actress is currently in Africa and Twittered, “DOLLHOUSE talk’s are goin’ on~ it’d be an extravaganza bonanza to return 4 rnd 2!”
If a second season doesn’t come to fruition, there’s still more of Dollhouse for fans to see. A 13th episode has been produced but the network has opted not to purchase it. It didn’t fit into the network’s schedule and the execs felt that last week’s installment worked better for a season (possibly series) finale anyway.
The unaired installment, titled “Epitaph One,” will however be shown at San Diego’s Comic Con in July and included on the season one DVD set that’s coming on July 28th. The DVD set will also include various featurettes, deleted scenes, the original unaired pilot, and audio commentaries from Dushku, Whedon, and writer Maurissa Tancharoen.
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