It’s Completely Unofficial: “Dollhouse” Is Dead
A couple more notes on “Dollhouse,” a show that nobody likes around here, but we certainly talk about it a lot. TV by the Numbers noticed that, on FOX’s schedule, they only had 12 episodes scheduled to air (the last one will air on May 8th). What’s so strange? There are 13 episodes filmed. Felicia Day (the cute-as-a-button, if buttons were sexy actress in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog) confirmed this over on Tweeter earlier today, writing: “Man, day getting worse and worse. Found out my Dollhouse ep, #13 isn’t gonna air. Only on DVD. Such a great part too. Thx Fox. :(“
A sentiment share by many of us, Ms. Day.
And for the few of you holding out hope that “Dollhouse” will get renewed, you can all but forget about it. TV by the Numbers pretty much disabuses anyone of that notion, writing:
[T]he show won’t be back if it keeps pulling 1.4 overnight ratings among adults 18-49. FOX will not consider renewing it with those numbers. I think it needs to get to a 1.6, and probably a 1.7 for FOX to even consider bringing it back for a second season.
While it’s definitely possible the show could turn the ratings around and improve them, it isn’t very probable. The trend has been down since the premiere and while things have flattened out the last couple of weeks, the trend hasn’t really been reversed…
Will FOX keep an open mind and see what happens? I certainly think that is likely. But I doubt that FOX execs are truly any more optimistic than I am that it will actually happen. And I’ve seen nothing to indicate, “hey, we believe in this show and are going to spend a couple extra million to promote it!”
FOX is simply playing it in a fashion where if it does miraculously turn around they, like the fans, can be ecstatic, and if it doesn’t it is well positioned to say, “Hey, we tried, it didn’t work.”
Things look grim for TNT’s “Trust Me,” as well. The dramedy set in the world of advertising — starring Eric McCormick and Thomas Cavanaugh (“Ed”) — is circling the drain as well. McCormick, who is already working on a new pilot for next season’s fall schedule, states:
They haven’t officially made a decision on a second season for Trust Me, but it’s not looking too good. I was very proud of it, but I don’t think enough people showed up. And I did just shoot a pilot for ABC [with Scrubs’ Tad Quill]. It’s as yet untitled and I can’t really talk about it, but it’s done, and funny, and we’ll see what happens with that.
That’s a shame, too, because I’ve actually stuck with — and enjoyed — all season of “Trust Me,” which has floated mostly on the charm of the two leading characters (and some decent plotlines). It doesn’t help that they’ve been airing back-to-back original episodes every week (it’s hard to keep up with two hours of the same show on a weekly basis), and I don’t even know if Tuesday night’s episodes were the final ones (it kind of felt like they were).
In a final TV note, it looks like Quentin Tarantino — of all people — will be a mentor on an upcoming episode of “American Idol.” He will guide the top seven finalist on singing movie music. Weird, but not too surprising, since he’s a self-described crazy insane fan and he did do a guest stint as a judge a few seasons ago. (Thanks for the tip, Cindy).
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