Joss Whedon and Tim Minear Setup New Series at Fox

by Paul William Tenny

joss-whedon.jpgJames Hibberd (the TV Week guy that openly admits downloading pirated TV shows in order to write his stories about pirated TV shows) has news on a new series Fox picking up from cult-god Joss Whedon, with additional news from Michael Ausiello that Tim Minear is on board as well, at least for the time being. Whedon and Minear have collaborated on a number of shows with cult followings including Buffy The Vampire Slayer (7 seasons), Angel (5 seasons), and Firefly, while Minear has worked as a producer on The X-Files and other things.

When these two guys get together, you know there are nothing but good things in store.
1. It's a one-hour drama produced by Twentieth Century Fox to air on Fox. The first of the seven episodes to which the network has committed could premiere as early as spring.

2. It's called Dollhouse because that's the nickname of the high-tech lab where a group of human chalkboards are kept between assignments.

3. Human chalkboards?! Yes! What else would you call characters like Dushku's Echo who can be given new memories, skills and even personalities, then stripped of them just as quickly, leaving them virtual children?

This actually sounds kind of corny to me, but if you pitched Buffy or Angel to me, I'd probably have laughed you out of my office. Firefly I would have snapped up in an instant, so I'm only roughly 33% retarded, which is still a lot less than the morons who canceled all these shows.

TVWeek: Since it’s the topic of the hour, any thoughts on the possible strike?

Whedon: I don’t have any terribly original ones. I do know this: The studios are very entrenched and the issues are very crucial. I dislike the idea of the strike because it’s going to hurt a lot of people I love. But if it’s necessary, we’ll go all the way with it. Because we’re talking about the future of media that didn’t used to exist. And if we can’t get a fair deal on that, then it’s just not worth it. Next year, you’re going to see a lot of new novels.

Hit up TV Week for the interview and Ausiello for the rest. Thanks AICN for the heads-up.
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