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Whedon’s Dollhouse Pilot Starts Production March 7, 2008

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According to DollhouseTV.net the series pilot will begin production on April 23rd.  Should be interesting to see if Whedon can work his magic on the small screen again after his disappointments with Fox on Firefly.

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GeeksOn Interview with Joss Whedon January 25, 2008

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Here’s a great podcast interview with Joss where he discusses themes of robots and AI in science fiction.  Lots of fun…enjoy!

Faith, Community and Religion in Firefly November 13, 2007

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Here’s an interesting essay/blog post on religious and community-related themes in Firefly.  It makes a similar point to my earlier post on the episode, “Out of Gas“, where I proposed that Firefly revolves around questions of relying upon (and having faith in) one’s community and the larger social world.  Whedon, an avowed atheist, seems to take a neutral position on the existence of God and the importance of religion in personal and community life.  However, the blog’s author seems to take a leap (of faith?) beyond what I said in my earlier post, and suggests that Whedon’s themes of love for friends and faith in community might really be the first steps towards faith in God and religious devotion.  He quotes Paul in first Corinthians 13:13: “Now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 

Does Whedon tip his hand and reveal a religious devotion masked by a set of more contemporary and religiously neutral narrative themes?  I think not, but I will credit the blogger with having an open mind and for appreciating the religious themes expressed in Whedon’s work without dogmatically requiring unquestioned faith.

Whedon: “If something’s going to be said about Serenity, it’s going to be said by me.” November 8, 2007

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Here’s an interesting interview with Joss Whedon where he reveals just how close he feels to his Firefly/Serenity ‘verse.  While he’s willing and able to let others write novels based on his Buffy ‘verse, he’s not able to let go of Firefly — he wants to be the only one to tell these stories…at least for now.  While this means we’ll see fewer Firefly stories in the coming years (he’s only one guy, after-all) I take comfort in the fact that he’s holding on to his creation tightly…he obviously feels he has some unfinished business here.  Come on SciFi channel — reform yourself, redeem yourself, take on the Firefly/Serenity franchise and bring the series back to life!  After-all, the movie was funded and distributed by NBC/Universal, the owners of the SciFi Channel.

Webcomic: Will FOX Keep its Hands Off Whedon & Dollhouse? November 8, 2007

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Head Trip webcomic gives voice to the skeptics of FOX and their ability to let Whedon do his thing with Dollhouse. 

Whedon on the Writers’ Strike and the Media’s Role November 7, 2007

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I particularly like his take on the media coverage of the strike.  Here’s Joss reacting to a New York Times piece on the strikers which said, “‘“All the trappings of a union protest were there… …But instead of hard hats and work boots, those at the barricades wore arty glasses and fancy scarves.””

To which Joss responds:

“Oh my God. Arty glasses and fancy scarves. That is so cute! My head is aflame with images of writers in ruffled collars, silk pantaloons and ribbons upon their buckled shoes. A towering powdered wig upon David Fury’s head, and Drew Goddard in his yellow stockings (cross-gartered, needless to say). Such popinjays, we! The entire writers’ guild as Leslie Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Delicious.

“Except this is exactly the problem. The easiest tactic is for people to paint writers as namby pamby arty scarfy posers, because it’s what most people think even when we’re not striking..”

Whedon Dispels Serenity Movie Sequel Rumors November 4, 2007

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In this recent interview at msn TV, Whedon dispels the rumors that have been circulating about interest by the studios in doing a Serenity movie sequel.

Here’s the critical bit from the end of the piece:

Actor Alan Tudyk mentioned the possibility of another “Firefly” movie in a recent interview. Is that wishful thinking? Is something happening? If so, can you talk about it?

I can talk about it because it’s wishful thinking. I always said, they made the special edition DVD because they cannot keep the DVD on the shelves. That’s what they told me, and they really went to the mattresses to make something special because they knew I wasn’t going to do a “director’s cut” because the “director’s cut” played in theaters. So they really pumped up the extras and I really appreciated that. And they also (slides into a Peter Lorre-ish voice) made it look pretty, finally. But I think what happened was that I said, “Well, if there’s hope for a sequel, it’s people buying the DVD,” and that translated into something more literal. But, no. Right now, nobody has any plans to do any kind of sequel. If they do, I hope they’ll include me, because if I find out Brett Ratner is directing it, I’m going to be so mad. That’s not a dig on Brett. I want to do more, but nobody’s talking about doing more right now. 

The Dollhouse Machine Jumps into Action November 2, 2007

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Whedon’s planned TV show has already spawned Dollhouse “fan sites” on the web, just hours after the mastermind that is Joss revealed his deal with FOX to produce the show.  Dollverse appears to be among the first out of the gate, while the Myspace, Facebook, and Livejournal sites appear to have come online shortly thereafter.  The Myspace site can already boast more than 70 “friends” as of this posting (I’m guessing this is a goodly number due to my lack of experience with Myspace) despite the fact that news of the show hit the Internet less than 40 hours ago.

Here are some addtional links related to the show: EOnline, TVGuide, and Tim Minear’s Website.

Whedon Returns to FOX with New Show November 1, 2007

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Sounds like Whedon has patched things up with FOX after the Firefly debacle, or more precisely according to James Hibberd at TVWeek, FOX has changed management and patched things up with Whedon.  Here’s the link http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/james-hibberd/2007/10/joss_whedon_returns_to_fox_wit.php

Although the description of the show’s premise (Dollhouse) doesn’t immediately capture my imagination (it’s not the return of Firefly, after-all), I trust that Whedon will create something interesting at a minimum.