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BubbleWatch: FOX's 'Dollhouse'
SHOW: "Dollhouse" (FOX)
IN ITS FAVOR: An enthusiastic and obsessive fanbase that's already mobilized for a fight, should the show be cancelled. If you include DVR and download numbers, the ratings are merely bad, not embarrassing-to-all-involved. "Dollhouse" has a strong creative team and an excellent cast, all the more visible since "Dollhouse" ceased to be entirely about Eliza Dushku in funny costumes. There's also a feeling that after a rocky start, "Dollhouse" has improved in quality as it moves toward it finale. Plus, it's a 20th Century Fox TV show, so maybe FOX will feel an ownership stake, though the mysterious extra episode ordered by the studio with no network promise shows the two sides aren't necessarily on the same page.
AGAINST IT: In retrospect, maybe it was too much to expect viewers to stick with the show for five episodes while Joss Whedon and company found the show? Certainly the ratings suggest as much. No matter how much media hype has surrounded certain episodes, "Dollhouse" has experienced only minor ratings fluctuation, mostly in a downward direction.
OUR GUESS: Oddly, we have hopes for "Dollhouse" and wouldn't be shocked to see it get a 13-episode midseason order of some sort. Or maybe that's just empty, unfounded optimism. Of the two FOX Friday shows, "Dollhouse" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," there are many more reasons to bring "Dollhouse" back.
THE VERDICT: FOX has renewed "Dollhouse," which will return to Friday nights in the fall.