Joss Whedon Says Friday Night is Fine With Him
Posted on December 10, 2008
Fans of Joss Whedon have been very upset at Fox's decision to place Dollhouse on Friday nights in February, coupled with Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles. But now Joss says he understands the decision by Fox execs (who he's been talking to) and he's cool with it.
[I]n an interview Wednesday morning, Whedon said that Fridays are "a better fit" for the show. "It's not a slam dunk, 'We love everything you're doing' slot. Everybody knows that," he said. "Dollhouse" will air Fridays after new episodes of the similarly sci-fi-themed drama "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Whedon says he trusts the network. "The executives I'm dealing with are canny guys."It's true that we hardly ever watch shows when they air. We watch on Hulu.com, mostly. And speaking of watching full episodes online, what is going on over at CBS.com? They pulled almost all the full episodes from their site: now NUMB3RS has some full episodes, but they don't have The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer or several other shows on there, only clips. And neither Sci Fi nor Hulu have any Stargate Atlantis or more than a smattering of Battlestar Galactica episodes. Why not? We watch the ads. It's a moneymaker. Do it. Now.
By canny, does he mean Fox has given him assurances that it will be patient with the show? More or less. "They're bringing down expectations regarding how big of an audience they think it will bring in the beginning, and then as the show progresses. They need to do that."
Whedon says he anticipated the Friday move -- and not as a bad thing. "If I were an executive, I would have put it on Friday too, honestly, and not as a dig. The people who want this will find it, and hopefully more will as well. Fox is aware that TV just doesn't exist the same way. People watch it online, on DVD, on their TiVos. It's not the end of the world, but of course everyone's been predicting the end of the world for 'Dollhouse' since it was announced."
Whedon also noted that while Fox executives will likely have to wait patiently for building returns on the show, he hopes fans will be just as patient with the story line. "We're trying to create something that's more than the sum of its parts. And not just in an 'Oooh, we're heavy with mythology' way. Dare I say we're reaching for something more philosophical? Am I allowed to say philosophical? Or does that just mean my show will fail?"