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February 14 2010

Dollhouse was one today. "Ghost" premiered on Friday 13th of February 2009. And here we discussed our first peek at the show.

:'( <3 Happy birthday Dollhouse.
It was an awesome year of television. Wow. Amazing what they accomplished in a year.

ETA: OK, I guess it two years. Still -- a lot.

[ edited by Pointy on 2010-02-14 02:16 ]
Yeah, it was great year I thought. Good times were had.
Anyone else think this thread is worth a mention?
Such great memories! I can't wait to make more.
I can't read those old threads, they make me sad. :(
Happy birthday, Dollhouse. You'll always be in my memories. <3

;o;
Happy birthday, Dollhouse. Sorry you couldn't be here to celebrate it.
Aww. I actually met one of the active extras on a set today. It was the most exciting minute I've had in a while.
Gossi, after "Epitaph 2" aired, you said something about putting together an info package or were looking at releasing a sort of post-mortem (something like that) on Dollverse. It sounded like some reveals were going to hit. Either there, or in cast and crew interviews over the next little while. But aside from Felicia Day's comments about how she originally played Mag with Griff in mind as a potential love interest/fuck-buddy, have we gotten any new info, plot-wise ?

I'm content to wait for the deleted scenes and to see what other info is contained in the extras and commentaries of the DVDs/blu-rays, but I guess I just expected there to be a ton of interviews in the weeks following the conclusion of the series (instead it seemed like there were many leading up to Canceled Day).
I would have loved to have seen the likes of Warren Ellis or Jonathan Hickman writing an episode.

but I guess I just expected there to be a ton of interviews in the weeks following the conclusion of the series


There was no publicity machine to arrange this.
Not only that but "So why do you think 'Dollhouse' failed ?" or "Please pick over the corpse of your recently deceased TV show for our edification, preferably in pithy sound-bites" would get old really quickly i'd imagine. Also, isn't it approaching pilot time at the moment ? So presumably most of the people involved are busy looking for work.

Can't really say happy birthday since to me you have to actually survive until your birthday to qualify. But congratulations on having been alive 'Dollhouse', your existence mattered.
"And no dolls were harmed in the making of this."

I'm just looking forward to the release of the second season on DVD. Some crazy brain cell in my noggin keeps screaming that will be in August. Or was that just my silly brain cell?
I've sent out questions to a bunch of people, they're all just super busy right now. To be honest my interview style isn't very conventional, so I don't know how that will pan out.
Who'd have thought back then we'd have seen the final episode a couple of weeks ago today?

Everyone thought it would be off air within six episodes... never mind 27...
Saje said.
Can't really say happy birthday since to me you have to actually survive until your birthday to qualify.


To me, Dollhouse's actual day of birth is sometime in October 2007. (Whenever Joss and Eliza had that lunch.) And it's birth in the fandom would have to be October 31st, when the Whedonesque thread came up. So it actually lived to the ripe old age of slightly over two. And its fandom, born October 31st 2007, will live on even longer, honoring its memory.

Sort of turned into a eulogy there. Things just get away from me sometimes.
Well, I might give you that one. But then this wouldn't be its birthday so still no happy birthday from me ;).

(what i'm trying to say is, 'Dollhouse', I didn't get you anything)
I didn't actually watch Dollhouse long into its first season in the US. I wanted to hook my family, and be along for the ride with them as well, so I waited out for its airing on Sci-Fi UK and I was still impressed and mostly enjoyed the stand-alones because of this. I was convinced I was going to see something horrible and mish-mash due to all the negativity I saw, but I still enjoyed them because my expectations were low, but they grew and grew as the show progressed. Man, did they grow. The rest of that story will be told for its second b-day.

Happy Birthday, D-Hizzle!

Even if I wasn't there for your birth, I was there for your christening.
I consider the Joss/Eliza lunch to be Dollhouse's conception, "Echo's" screening to the network the ultrasound, and "Ghost" its birth.

Too much?
That's a long pregnancy. October '07 to February '09. Maybe someone should have induced labor...?
Wow, a year? Sure does not feel like it :( Happy Birthday Dollhoue, I loved you!
gossi said:
"I've sent out questions to a bunch of people, they're all just super busy right now. To be honest my interview style isn't very conventional, so I don't know how that will pan out."

Thanks man, cool that you did that.

Simon said:
"There was no publicity machine to arrange this."

Hmm, didn't think of that. Don't online entertainment sites and newspapers sometimes just call up the production companies and talent without going through Fox publicists or whoever else handles the go-between ? It's not as big as Buffy, Angel, or Firefly ending, in terms of fan attachment (and possibly viewer numbers?), but by this point it's still a big deal in nerd circles when a Joss Whedon series ends, so that's why I expected more sites that cater to them to be fighting for the first post-mortem from the cast and writers, plus clamoring to be the first to break any news about "what would've/could've been".

Saje said:
"Not only that but "So why do you think 'Dollhouse' failed ?" or "Please pick over the corpse of your recently deceased TV show for our edification, preferably in pithy sound-bites" would get old really quickly i'd imagine."

True. But that's why one big massive interview could cover all that without getting repetitive across various interviews. But I guess I just need to be patient for more than two weeks for it to happen.

Like you said, everyone's busy during pilot season, so there's that.

Madhatter said:
"I'm just looking forward to the release of the second season on DVD. Some crazy brain cell in my noggin keeps screaming that will be in August."

I don't think we'll have to wait that long. Season 1 concluded at the beginning of May and we only had to wait two and a half months, the end of July, for those DVDs/blu-rays. From January to August would be a seven-month wait for Season 2. Although Dollhouse might not be a priority release for Fox Home Entertainment, it might be smarter of them to get it out ASAP before some folks forget about the series/decide they don't care enough to buy. There're likely a lotta fence-sitters (just look at the mixed reactions the show got here, probably more polarizing than any of the previous Joss shows so far, although it's still to early to tell whether this will become a Firefly-like phenomenon where folks come back and try it again or it catches on like wildfire with folks who didn't watch it aired). I only bought Season 1 because of Amazon.ca's mess-up with the blu-ray's pricing, otherwise I was either gonna wait to see how Season 2 panned out, to see if I continued to like it enough to purchase, or just wait for the Complete Series set, or buy downloads.

Last year, Fox put Season 7 of 24 out a day after the season finale aired. That release model is extremely fucking cool and probably very helpful in aiding disc-only viewers with not accidentally getting spoiled, although extras may suffer if they haven't been quickly getting the cast and crew to record commentaries for the latter episodes while they were still in production.

I'm gonna guess either April or June for Dollhouse (releasing it during May, during season finale month and 24-DVD-time might be too crowded and risky of a month). If they're cruel, they might hold out and try to time it during the October-to-December buy-as-Xmas-gift window, but...don't think so.
so that's why I expected more sites that cater to them to be fighting for the first post-mortem from the cast and writers


Sadly we live in an age where most entertainment sites get spoon fed material by publicists.

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