Joss Whedon Back to Work at Fox

You know the Joss Whedon fansites are going insane at this very moment considering they are one of the loudest and most vocal fan groups online as Fox orders up seven episodes of a new Whedon-penned series called “Dollhouse” with Eliza Dusku aboard to star.

“Dollhouse” follows a top-secret world of people programmed with different personalities, abilities and memories depending on their mission.

After each assignment — which can be physical, romantic or even illegal — the characters have their memories wiped clean, and are sent back to a lab (dubbed the “Dollhouse”). Show centers on Dushku’s character, Echo, as she slowly begins to develop some self-awareness, which impacts her missions.

You know Whedon fans want any strike chatter to end ASAP considering Whedon has already outlined all seven episodes, but should the strike happen it will prevent him from writing them. Weird right? How can someone be told not to write? Should there be no work stoppage, the plan is to be in production by spring, giving the net an opportunity to be so far ahead of schedule by fall that it could potentially air a full season uninterrupted by breaks.

Whedonites have Dusku to thank for the whole deal as Joss was turning his attention to feature films, but when the actress struck a deal with Fox she phoned up Buffy-man. Dusku told Variety, “He’s my favorite genius… and my favorite friend. He’s been like a big brother … and the only person out here I’ve ever wholeheartedly trusted, because he’s never let me down.”

Whedon was quoted saying, “It was a mistake! I sat down with her to talk about her options, and acted all sage, saying things backwards like Yoda and laying out what I thought she should do. But in the course of doing it, I accidentally made one up. I told it to her, and she said, ‘That’s exactly what I want to do.’ ”

The Variety account of the story is actually quite long and I am surprised it took any network this long to ratchet in Whedon considering his talents as a writer. To check out the full spread click here.

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