Fox Promises That Dollhouse Wont Be Yanked Off Air Early

Fox has committed to showing all 13 episodes of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, despite fans’ worries that its disastrously low "live" audience figures would see it yanked off the air. And part of the reason for Fox’s confidence is that once again, like last year, Dollhouse is proving a hit on DVR, with audience increases of up to 50% over the original overnight figures.

"It's one of the reasons that we brought Dollhouse back,” says Fox scheduling chief Preston Beckman. “We knew it was DVR-friendly. Hopefully we'll see the overnight ratings increase from week to week. With some shows, you have to look at the bigger picture."

Even more surprisingly, Fox isn’t ruling out a third season. The Network says it will decide whether to keep the show going after the second season ends. Interesting, there seems to be no suggestion of extending season two to a full 22-episode run, which is probably why Whedon’s preparing for the worst. He says that the thirteenth episode will be designed to wrap the series if it's canceled: "We'll definitely have closure but will leave some doors open.” Hang on – isn’t that what happened last year? This show might end up breaking some sort of record for having the most final episodes ever…