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Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" Gets Two Creative Denizens

It's rather like a high-stakes game of musical chairs these days around the studio lots, what with numerous behind-the-scenes changes on some of your favorite series.

The latest news: Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft, late of ABC's Women's Murder Club (until they were let go just the other day, that is), have already been hired. Their new home? Why, none other than the new drama project, Dollhouse, from Fain and Craft's former boss, Mr. Joss Whedon.

Let's just say it was an offer they couldn't refuse. Craft and Fain, who cut their teeth as story editors on Whedon's Angel, got the gig two days after getting the boot from Women's Murder Club when Whedon offered them staff writer gigs on Dollhouse.

“Joss emailed and said ‘I’m really sorry — and is it too soon to ask you to work on Dollhouse?’” Fain told TV Barn's Aaron Barnhart.

Dollhouse, of course, already has a seven episode order from FOX. It stars another Whedonverse alum, Eliza Dushku, as Echo, a member of an elite team of secret agents, each of whom has the ability to be imprinted with various personalities and abilities; those gifts are cruelly stolen back by the facility--nicknamed the Dollhouse--when they return from their missions.

Echo slowly becomes aware of her situation, causing some massive problems for the overseers of the facility.

Yes, before you ask, I am trying my damnest to get my hands on the treatment Joss wrote and the script... once it's written.

Stay tuned.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Not really a fan of Fain & Craft and didn't watch Women's Murder Club but holy shit it seems like Dollhouse might happen after all! Even if Fox probably will cancel it after 2 eps.
The CineManiac said…
It's things like this that makes me love Whedon so much.
I can't wait to hear what Whedon alum joins next.
Anonymous said…
I can't wait for this show but agree with Adam that Fox hasn't done Whedon any favors in the past. What is to make us think that anything has changed since Firefly?
Soooo excited about this project. Not as excited about Fain & Craft being on board, though. I thought their Angel scripts were some of the weaker episodes. Hopefully, Joss' confidence in them is well-deserved.
Z said…
@annie: Kevin Reilly wasn't President of Entertainment for FOX during Firefly's run. There are still no guarantees, but the guy has a rep for sticking by critical successes like The Office and Friday Night Lights before he was let go by NBC. Considering the pilot pick-ups Reilly bought from guys like Whedon, JJ Abrams, Shawn Ryan, etc., the culture of FOX is shifting slowly... it's enough to be cautiously optimistic.

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