Dollhouse (TV Series 2009–2010) Poster



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Joss Whedon had a five year plan for the series and had already worked out how the characters will evolve over time but the show only ran for two seasons. With this in mind, you can see how the plots of season 2 could have been spaced out to four seasons.
The character of Dr. Saunders was originally written to be much older, but Joss Whedon rewrote the character so he could cast Amy Acker.
Eliza Dushku and Joss Whedon came up with the premise of the show, while having lunch and talking about her career options.
As of 2009, this is the lowest rated television drama to get a renewal from a major American television network for a new season in the last 20 years.
DOLLHOUSE is part of a FOX campaign called "Remote-Free-TV", which also includes fellow-FOX-show FRINGE. Both shows are expected to have dramatically reduced commercial breaks and therefore more actual screen time.
Dr. Bennet (Summer Glau) makes several mentions of studying the Amygdala. In Firefly Summer Glau played River Tam, whose Amygdala was stripped, causing her to lose any self control and go insane.
Season One is 13 episodes long, but only 12 were actually aired. The reason for this is that the original pilot was scrapped (the other episodes being altered accordingly), leaving 12 to air on TV. However, the series had already been sold to foreign markets as a full 13 episodes. To accommodate this, an extra episode was produced at half-budget: "Epitaph One" takes place in an After The End scenario, stars Felicia Day of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) and The Guild (2007) fame. Epitaph One, as well as the original unaired pilot "Echo", have both been included on the Season One DVD.
In the season two episode "The Attic," Enver Gjokaj's identical twin brother Demir Gjokaj plays a alternate version of Enver's character who fights "himself" while trapped in a dream. This was actually the second time in his showrunning career that Joss Whedon cast the non-acting identical twin brother of one of his series regulars as a supernatural double or doppelgänger of the regular character; the first time was during "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," when Nicholas Brendon's twin, Kelly, played a part of Xander's personality that had become mystically separated from the original Xander.
The company behind the doll houses in the show is Rossum. As confirmed in episode 2.11, this is a nod to Karel Capek's play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). The play deals with artificial people, programmed to do work who eventually turn on their masters. This play also introduced the word "robot" into the English language.
W ("Whiskey") is used in International Maritime Signal flags to indicate, "I require medical assistance."
Summer Glau joined the series as Bennett Halverson, after the cancellation of her television series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles".
Joss Whedon's fourth collaboration with Summer Glau.
The premise of this show is strikingly similar to the 1977 novel "All My Sins Remembered" by Joe Haldeman.
All of the names of the Actives used in the Dollhouse are taken from the NATO phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Echo, Sierra, November, Victor, and Whiskey).
The show was originally more focused on the sexual aspect of the characters, but Fox was worried that the Dollhouse theme and their clients would resemble prostitution, so they pushed Joss Whedon to make it more a thriller.
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15 years earlier in 1994's "True Lies", Eliza Dushku's character Dana Tasker is the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Harry Tasker, whom is a secret agent. Echo (Eliza Dushku) is a secret agent.
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Alan Tudyk being cast as Alpha marks the fourth time Joss Whedon has used members of the core cast of Firefly (2002) as villains for his other shows. Previously he did the same with Nathan Fillion on the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Gina Torres on the fourth season of Angel (1999) and Adam Baldwin on the fifth season of Angel (1999).

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