At the risk of sounding like an old Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In routine, "Do the name 'Joss Whedon' strike a familiar note?"
A goodly number of you are right now scratching your heads and saying, "No, never heard of him." But an equal number are smiling and clapping their hands and can barely contain themselves.
Joss Whedon is an extremely talented writer/director and the creator of the movie and TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer, as well as the Buffy spin-off Angel and a very underrated and short-lived series called Firefly. And this Friday, February 13th, he returns to the airwaves with a new series called Dollhouse, starring former Buffy cast member Eliza Dushku (Faith) .
Amy Acker, who used to have a role on Angel, is also in the series.
According to Wikipedia--"In Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku plays a young woman called Echo, a member of a group of people known as "Actives" or "Dolls." The Dolls have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, including memory, muscle memory, skills, and language, for different assignments. They're then hired out for particular jobs, crimes, fantasies, and occasional good deeds. On missions, Actives are monitored internally (and remotely) by Handlers. In between tasks, they are mind-wiped into a child-like state and live in a futuristic dormitory/laboratory, a hidden facility nicknamed "The Dollhouse". The story follows Echo, who begins, in her mind-wiped state, to become self-aware.
Beyond Dushku's character, the show will also revolve around the people who run the mysterious "Dollhouse" and two other "Dolls", Victor and Sierra, who are friendly with Echo (the names are simply letters in the phonetic alphabet). Although the Actives are ostensibly volunteers, the operation is highly illegal and under constant threat on one end from Paul Ballard, a determined federal agent who has heard a rumor about the Dolls, and an insane rogue Active on the other."
Being a big fan of just about anything Joss Whedon does, I'm really looking forward to this show's debut. Eliza Dushku has said that Joss has already plotted out the evolution of all the characters on the show through the first five seasons. Here's hoping Dollhouse does, indeed, run at least that long!
Dollhouse begins Friday, February 13th on the FOX network. Be sure to check it out.
Here's one last photo of Eliza Dushku--one that readers of this blog, I think, will appreciate........