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July 01 2009

Sci Fi UK buys rights for Dollhouse Season 2. The article also reminds people that "Epitaph One" will air in the UK on August 11.

Good news, now just hoping that they'll decide to show the series around the same time as the US.
The editing jobs have been shoddy. They edited out the shot of November killing Hearn in 'Man on the Street' (so it wasn't initially clear what had happened) but left it in for last night's screening of 'Echoes'. Apparantly, we aren't allowed to hear the word 'bitch' after 9pm either.

Having said that, I'm grateful to have confirmation that we'll be getting season 2 at all.
The editing jobs have been shoddy. They edited out the shot of November killing Hearn in 'Man on the Street' (so it wasn't initially clear what had happened) but left it in for last night's screening of 'Echoes'. Apparantly, we aren't allowed to hear the word 'bitch' after 9pm either.

Yeah, I've been wondering how they're doing with the editing. With MOTS or ASITHOL it must be awful to find 8 minutes to cut.

I'm also curious about the new middleground, the 46 minutes DVD versions.
The DVD episodes are shorter than the episodes that aired in the US?
That sounds bad. I was hoping we would finally see the longer Omega cut, not shorter ones.
The DVD episodes are shorter than the episodes that aired in the US?

Apparently so, the last info we got had the runtime for each disc on it:

- DVD version: 185 minutes for 4 episodes, equals roughly 46 minutes per ep.
- Blu-Ray version: 230 minutes for 5 episodes, equals 46 minutes per ep.

Of course, that info has proven to be a bit messy already (the ASITH(OL) disaster and the missing Joss-commentary for MOTS in the DVD version come to mind), so maybe they even got the runtimes for each disc wrong...
I don't buy the suggestion/calculation that the DVD episodes are shorter. I think that's a calculation based on incorrect information somewhere, personally.
Yeah, there's absolutely no reason to re-edit the episodes for DVD to a length of 46 minutes, which won't be used anywhere else. That'd be such a stupid waste of time and money, that I don't really believe it's going to happen. I'm going with b!'X's theory that this is based on wrong information somewhere.

Then again, we'd get to do the whole outraged whedonesque topics thing again, so there might even be some fun to be had if it proves true ;)
Yeah, that would confuse me too. Sci Fi edited the episodes, nothing to do with the actually episodes that will be on the disk produced by Fox.

BTW - YAY! Thank you Sci Fi!
The episodes were not edited down for time. Not sure where that info is coming from (in the press releases), but I don't think it is correct.
Maybe whoever wrote up that info simply took a standard episode length and multiplied by the number of episodes on the disc, rather than actually working off any information given to them about the length.
Maybe whoever wrote up that info simply took a standard episode length and multiplied by the number of episodes on the disc, rather than actually working off any information given to them about the length.

The standard number is not 46, though. That's what weirded me out in the first place.

Anyway, yay, that the info is false. :)

Btw, does anyone know how "Epitaph One" was shot? Since it's also for foreign markets they maybe went with standard 42 minutes, since Fox's Remote-Free TV wouldn't apply to it anyway.
Maybe the "previously on Dollhouse" intro footage is a factor.
Maybe the "previously on Dollhouse" intro footage is a factor.

Could be. Although I don't remember one that was longer than 1 minute.
To be honest, I've not really noticed any badly disjointing editing for the Sci-Fi run. I would like to know the running time for the episodes they are airing. I have a feeling its around 44 minutes. I never watched the original US airing, because I'm an idiot... I wanted to see it on TV (not a computer).

I dislike the way they handle the show, anyway. Why edit the frakking swears?
Why edit the frakking swears?

Yeah, about that: If "bitch" is left out completely (like in "you son of a ..."), how did they handle the party scene in "Ghost"? "Oh wow, that's funny coming from a cheater who is also a little." And then she bumps him. Must've been awesome. :)
I was watching a bit on SciFiHD while at home with my folks last weekend. Dollhouse on HD - really a whole new level of beauty. The editing - made me wince more than once.
Digital Spy has some quotes by Jon Farrar, programming director for NBC Universal Global Networks in the UK, on the pickup:

"We’re thrilled to offer our audience not only all 13 episodes of the first season but also confirmation that Sci Fi has the season two premiere already lined up for later in the year"

(...)

"Dollhouse has become a cult hit in the UK and is one of the most talked about and successful show launches of 2009.

We've been relentless in our quest to bring the most entertaining, exciting and in-demand programming to our viewers and Dollhouse has ticked all those boxes and many more."


ETA: The Sci Fi Channel also twoted that they should specify the "later in the year" date for the Season 2 UK premiere "over the next 2-3 weeks".

[ edited by wiesengrund on 2009-07-02 11:51 ]

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