I think the biggest hurdle for some shows to get over is the name. Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a show like that. It not only had a name that would make you think “There’s no way I’m watching a show called ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer'”, but it had a “OK” movie that proceeded it. And by “OK”, I mean “rent the thing if you don’t see anything else on the shelf”.
If you can make it over the hurdle and start watching the show, you’ll have one of those slap yourself in the forehead moments when you realize what you were missing. Buffy was that kind of show for me. I became a huge fan of the show in the last season, and “power watched” all the back episodes via DVD and reruns in about six months. That’s a lot of Buffy. The show finally ended, and besides the spin-off “Angel”, there was no more Buffy…
… But not so fast… Some of the folks behind Buffy tried to start up an animated series! Check this out:
I had no idea. Not sure if it’ll ever make it to television, but we can hope.
Variety is reporting Joss Whendon is working on a new series, Dollhouse, which will star Eliza Dushku (Faith, for you Buffy fans).
The series will be centered around how top-secret agents will be programmed with different personalities, abilities and memories for assignments, and then have all that wiped out after each mission, sent back to the “Dollhouse”, the lab where they wait for their next assignment. Dushku will play “Echo”, who starts to catch on to what’s happening and tries to find out who she was before all this started.
The show was just a spur of the moment idea that happened during a lunch between Whedon and Dushku. Dusku was asking for advice about how best to approach a development deal with Fox.
“It was a mistake!” Whedon says. “I sat down with her to talk about her options, and acted all sage, saying things backwards like Yoda and laying out what I thought she should do. But in the course of doing it, I accidentally made one up. I told it to her, and she said, ‘That’s exactly what I want to do.’ “