Sunday, June 1, 2008

Dollhouse - SciFi Weekly: Joss Whedon Interview

From the SciFi Channel's SciFi Weekly:

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Go behind the scenes with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator Joss Whedon as he discusses the hearts and reprogrammed minds of Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Tahmoh Penikett and the rest of the cast from his upcoming midseason replacement series, Dollhouse.


June 02, 2008

Joss Whedon offers a sneak peak at his brand-new Dollhouse

By Ian Spelling

Whedon, creator/producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, will return to series television with the show Dollhouse. However, Fox won't debut the show until early next year. Dollhouse reunites Whedon with Eliza Dushku, who kicked butt and cracked heads as Faith on both Buffy and Angel.

She stars in Dollhouse as Echo, an "Active" who lives in a top-secret, for-profit, majorly illegal facility called the Dollhouse, where the Actives are assigned all manner of missions, and with each mission they're reprogrammed, with earlier memories wiped out and replaced by the information necessary to carry out the latest job. So, for example, Echo might be someone's dream date on one mission and an assassin the next. Crises arise, though, when Echo begins to retain memories from past assignments and to question who she really is.

Co-stars on the series will include Olivia Williams, Fran Kranz, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, Harry Lennix and two genre favorites: Angel veteran Amy Acker and Tahmoh Penikett of Battlestar Galactica. SCI FI Weekly recently caught up with Whedon in New York City, and he excitedly offered a preview of things to come on Dollhouse.

How ready were you to jump into another TV show?

Whedon: I guess I was totally ready. I just had no idea it was going to happen. It literally did happen after lunch with Eliza, which is a tale that sounds like a bad biopic but is actually true. I went home and said to my wife, "Honey, I accidentally created a Fox show." And she just said, "Fine." She knew it was right, that this was very organic, and the timing was right. I'd been aware a while. I'd mourned for my last show [Firefly]. I'd been working in movies and then not working in movies for a while. And then it's just all flowed so naturally that even though I didn't know I was ready, I was clearly ready.

What will we see on a weekly basis?

Whedon: On a weekly basis we will see Eliza as a different person. On a weekly basis she'll have a different engagement every week, and she'll have a different purpose and a different personality. The exciting thing and part of the other reason I created the show is that Eliza is very versatile, and this will be a chance for her to play 100 different people. They'll all be her. She's not going to wear old-person makeup or anything like that, but they'll all be from very different social strata, with very different agendas and very different motivations and very different things. Every week she'll have an agenda that's evil or decent or sexual or romantic or altruistic. It can be anything. But there will be a flow-through of the show as well, about her and the characters surrounding her and how the Dollhouse works, how it doesn't work, and her burgeoning self-awareness. Between these engagements she's this complete innocent and starts to go, "Hey, here I am in the Garden of Eden. What's this apple, and what do I do with it?"


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