Fox to Cut Dollhouse Short by One Episode

Joss Whedon's DollhouseThose who have been watching “Dollhouse” on Fox claim it has finally hit its stride after a somewhat rocky start, and the show’s upward trending ratings seem to bear that out. So one has to wonder why, then, Fox has decided to cut its season short by declining to air Episode #13, “Epitaph One”.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the network and its parent studio aren’t talking, but this is what we know so far: The Dollhouse season finale airs May 8, titled “Omega,” and is the show’s 12th aired episode. But there’s a 13th episode called “Epitaph One,” directed by Whedon, which one assumes will show up on DVD.

THR’s sources also maintain the story in the “Omega” season finale is Whedon’s original vision for how the season would end, so fans watching the show to the very end will not feel as if the storyline was cut short. As I’m not a regular viewer of the show, I can’t really chime in one way or the other except to say that if I were, I’d certainly want to see it in its entirety, especially since Whedon directed the missing episode himself.

The story reiterates that “Dollhouse” hasn’t been canceled, but only time will tell in that regard.

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  • FilmCritic3000

    “Dollhouse” writer/producer Tim Minear clears up the confusion.

    Okay. So maybe I can help clarify this somewhat. Because we scrapped the original pilot — and in fact cannibalized some of its parts for other eps — we really ended up with 12 episodes. But the studio makes DVD and other deals based on the original 13 number. So we created a standalone kind of coda episode. Which is the mythical new episode 13. The network had already paid for 13 episodes, and this included the one they agreed to let us scrap for parts. It does not include the one we made to bring the number back up to 13 for the studio side and its obligations. We always knew it would be for the DVD for sure, but we also think Fox should air it because it’s awesome.

  • FilmCritic3000

    Will Fox Air Dollhouse’s Final Episode or Not?

    Today 1:31 PM PDT by Jennifer Godwin

    Fox will not be airing the “13th episode” of Dollhouse, as tweeted by @drhorrible and @feliciaday. However, there appears to be some debate about what qualifies as a 13th episode and what qualifies as a season finale. Here’s what we’ve sorted out about the end of Dollhouse…

    Brace yourself, guys, because there’s going to be math in this story.

    Fox the television network ordered 13 episodes of Dollhouse. As everybody knows, they scrapped the original pilot, “Echo.” So that is 13 less one, which brings us down to 12. The 12th and final episode that Fox the television network ordered and paid for and will air is called “Omega” and was written and directed by Tim Minear (who has told us he “can’t wait” for us to see it). Focused on the Alpha storyline, sources say that “Omega” apparently “closes some doors and opens other ones,” and was always intended to be and serves effectively as the season one finale.

    Now, let’s go back to the equation, and add in a episode called “Epitaph One.” “Echo” the original pilot + 12 episodes through “Omega” + “Epitaph One” brings us to a total of 14 episodes.

    The 14th episode, “Epitaph One,” was produced and paid for by Fox the television studio. It was not ever ordered/requested/paid for by Fox the television network, and Fox the television network will not be airing “Epitaph One.” Working on getting you more details about “Epitaph One,” but it’s said to be more of a “standalone” episode.

    So, to summarize, Fox the television studio made 14 episodes of Dollhouse, and Fox the television studio is airing 12 of them, and paid for the 13 that they originally ordered.

    A last, and very important, note: According to sources on the network side, them not picking up and airing “Epitaph One” has no bearing whatsoever on whether or not they pick up the series for a second season, a situation which, I’m told, is “100 percent in the decision phase.” You can obviously believe them or not as you choose, but I take them at their word. I may be a sucker like that.

  • Jon Condit

    It’s actually brilliant.

    FOX pulls the show just when it’s popular and denies everyone the final episode. Knowing how strong a fan base Joss has and given his series boxsets out perform most shows it’s a sure fire bet that this show will blow the doors off on DVD. And by holding back on the final episode even people who dont normally by shows on DVD will go pick it up just to see how the season ended.

    Makes you wonder if the only reason FOX gave him a series was to up their DVD sales which is a huge market for networks these days.

  • TsMkLg068426

    FUCKING HATE FOX! This show is interesting and they had to put it on a Friday, it least move this show to SCI-FI.