It’s the end of the line for the highly buzzed about but little-watched Fox sci-fi show Dollhouse along with ABC’s Kelsey Grammer sitcom Hank.
For Hank, the show is currently filming episode 10 and will stop production after wrapping that episode. ABC, which has aired five half-hours of Hank, has no immediate plans to run the remaining five segments. Kelsey Grammer has been struggling to find a sitcom home since Frasier.
“I don’t have a lot to say,” series creator Joss Whedon wrote in a post on Whedonesque.com, responding to Dollhouse’s cancellation. “I’m extremely proud of the people I’ve worked with: my star, my staff, my cast, my crew. I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months. I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.”
Whedon sounded off on his next plans. “I’m off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking,” he said. “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.”
“Thank you all for your support, your patience, your excellent adverts. See you again,” Whedon said in closing.
Dollhouse is about a high-tech quasi-prostitution service, with Eliza Dushku starring as an escort who can be implanted with different personalities to accommodate each client.
Created by Whedon, best known for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the series arrived last February with great fanfare, but struggled to find an audience. Its cancellation was first reported Wednesday by the Hollywood Reporter.
Co-written and created by beloved fanboy icon Joss Whedon (Firefly), Dollhouse has been struggling to pull in viewers since its debut last year. Though it has experienced a small bump in viewership from DVR viewing, the series has been left languishing on Friday nights where it is being beaten in the ratings by Smallville and new cable series Stargate Universe.
Dollhouse will finish out it’s ordered 13 episodes, 11 of which have been produced. Whedon is expected to craft the final episode into a series finale, news that should please disappointed fans.
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