Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Last season, pretty much as soon as Dollhouse premiered, the fans whipped themselves into a frenzy that the show was going to be canceled. And, while I don't begrudge their fears that Fox would do to this Whedon show what they did to Firefly, there wasn't all that much reason for the panic last year.
This year is a whole different story. The ratings aren't good, and there's actual talk that Fox will be pulling the show. It doesn't help that they've continued to leave it on Fridays at 9PM, notoriously a bad time for TV shows. I've been saying since last year that they should pair it with Fringe, which would be a nice, creepy night of Sci-Fi TV for us. But that makes sense, and making sense doesn't always go hand in hand with being a television executive.
Anyway, there are ways we can help. And by we, I mean you. Any of you that aren't watching Dollhouse, I'm asking you to give it a try. If you can't watch it live on Friday night, then you can download it from iTunes or Amazon. If you don't want to pay - and why would you, if you're not currently a fan of the show? - then you can watch it for free at Hulu. While these methods aren't going to raise those pesky ratings numbers in that antiquated and practically irrelevant system, they are going to show that people are making an effort to watch the show.
It's a great show, and deserves a chance to come into its own. Joss Whedon is a brilliant man with a mind so creative he's generally ahead of the curve as far as what's cool and what people want to see. Eventually everyone catches up. I hear motherfucking Fox is actually considering some space western show. Hmm. Sounds familiar. Like something they "didn't get" and canceled years ago.