Dollhouse for FOX8

By David Knox on September 24, 2008 / Filed Under Pay TV 30

FOX8 has picked up the rights to Dollhouse, the latest drama from Joss Whedon. Although TEN talked up Dollhouse in May, the program will be aired with fewer ads and could have posed problems for a commercial free-to-air network.

Starring Buffy‘s Eliza Dushku it tells the tale of a group of people, known as ‘Actives’ (or ‘Dolls’) who “have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas and hired out for particular jobs, crimes, fantasies and occasional good deeds. When not imprinted, the Actives live, childlike and unremembering, in a hidden facility nicknamed ‘The Dollhouse.'”

The drama would anchor FOX8’s move to a younger target demographic this summer, Foxtel’s Brian Walsh told The Australian.

“Given that we have new competition in 2009 (new free-to-air digital multi-channels), we’re sharpening up the owned and operated channels to be a little more niche,” he said.

“For FOX8, we’re narrowing our demographic to 18 to 30 and playing much harder. That enables us to better develop the W channel and the new general entertainment channel we launch from November 1.”

Foxtel has also secured the single-camera corporate comedy, Better Off Ted, starring Aussie Portia de Rossi, and the sitcom set in a New York hotel, Do Not Disturb, which stars Crossing Jordan’s Jerry O’Connell.

Adult drama Sons of Anarchy will go to Foxtel’s premium channel, Showcase.

Source: The Australian

30 Comments »

  1. mario cannavo June 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm -

    I like to no( fox8 pay tv) has lots off commercial on it and very little of the show that you are watching come-on mate please stop it thanks……………………….

  2. Sam Miani June 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm -

    Dollhouse is an absolutely fantastic show which keeps getting better with every episode. Joss continues to deliver his unique brand of humor and quirks.
    While Dollhouse is out of the bounds that we usually know Joss for, it is most defiantly worth watching and sticking with.

  3. Some dude December 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm -

    fox 8 bring on the tv show LIFE channel ten is being stupid by not playing it

    Fox 8 did good with playing Suprnatural and greek and friday night lights, now bring on LIFe

  4. shannon November 24, 2008 at 8:27 pm -

    the simpson movie is cool but can you put it on more

  5. phillip October 9, 2008 at 2:12 am -

    i loved 90210. fox 8 is a really good channel for teens these days. look art the shows it has. the best years, blood ties, kyle XY, Greek, friday night lights and of course, gossip girl. i love all these shows.. and i’m looking forward to dollhouse being on fox 8. fox 8 is really turning out to being a great channel. Except.for all that reality crap like jurassic fight club, scare tactics, COPS, …ugh. other then that i love fox 8. with simpsons, family guy, futurama and hopefully in the future american dad. running every day. u can always switch on fox 8 and something good will be on. thumbs up for getting dollhouse. now…cos fox8 is like the cable version of channel ten. Please air 90210. I’m beging you, I love that show so so much.and i can’t afford to keep downloading episodes. it’s slowing down my internet. and also i have a question. does foxtel channels care about ratings??? because they seem to air every ep of every show they ever put on. i love it!!!!! thank you fox8 for making me happy:D. now please..Put 90210 on FOX8:D

  6. Matt September 27, 2008 at 8:03 pm -

    At this stage, yes Sephiroth_FF. Maybe 10 might do a Dexter and screen it after it has been on pay-tv(showcase screened season 1 and 2 of Dexter and the upcoming 3rd season BEFORE 10).

  7. Sephiroth_FF September 27, 2008 at 6:58 pm -

    So does this mean only FOX8 will air Dollhouse and not 10?

  8. steph September 27, 2008 at 8:52 am -

    like bindi, i don’t have that foxtel and was soooo looking forward to dollhouse with squeals of delight when i thought it was coming to FTA now whats a girl to do without the whedon fix she was praying for?
    i’m not really for downloading, will ten eventually play it?

  9. annie September 26, 2008 at 9:31 pm -

    Ditto to what Craig said. I’ve been hanging for Friday Night Lights to come to fox8 (fyi I hear its set for Oct 3 now) But does the move to fox8 mean that we will have to wait for TenHD to get around to playing the second season?

  10. David Knox September 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm -

    Seems to be some confusion as noted here

  11. ryan September 26, 2008 at 11:08 am -

    wait its already been axed, fist show cancelled is do not disturb
    source: http://tvbythenumbers.com/2008/09/25/fox-cancels-do-not-disturb/5320

  12. ryan September 26, 2008 at 11:01 am -

    i don’t think do not disturb will last much longer its ratings have been even worse than til death and that rates bad

  13. RichoTB September 25, 2008 at 11:16 pm -

    Its not that I dislike Supernatural, its more that I think its an unoriginal knockoff of superior “paranormal” shows like Buffy. RoE and WW will likely be a good pair for Ten but their new content will seriously be lacking. The only things holding up their network next year ratings-wise will be SYTYCD, The Biggest Loser and season 7 of Idol. There’s a strong chance 09 will be a colossal failure for them, especially with their lack of new content.

  14. Neil September 25, 2008 at 10:00 pm -

    Yeah Richo your exactly right (though i don’t believe Supernatural is crap, but it isnt my type of show)….Ten better hope that Life On Mars delivers for them, or they will be well and truely stuffed

    Worst Wekk is most surely going to be pared with Rules of Engagement…and god help it…it did well after premiering this week, so there is potential for Ten to actually do somewhat well!
    Ten look stuffed….House is flopping (a massive shame) and, bar Neighbours, their 6-7.30 schedule is stuffed….could 09′ be worse than 2008 is turning out to be?

  15. Irastev September 25, 2008 at 6:50 am -

    I agree with Neil, not to compare the two shows, but 90210 has probably scared TEN off: lots of buzz ending in a fizzle. That, and people downloading highly anticipate shows like Dollhouse, which leads to lower ratings, then to the show being bumped all over the schedule and ending up on HD channel, if we’re lucky.

    I know I’m not getting Foxtel just for Dollhouse, as much as I’d love to see the show. I’ll have to wait for the DVD.

  16. RichoTB September 24, 2008 at 11:38 pm -

    Ten suck so much. They stick with crap like Supernatural that rates like 400,000 viewers yet they don’t even give a chance to truly brilliant writers like Whedon. They fight extremely hard to give shows like Burn Notice a shot at the schedule, yet they go ahead and screw themselves over with this. Now, the only new shows they have next year will be Life on Mars and Worst Week. Idiots. This could have been a big improvement for their network

  17. Neil September 24, 2008 at 9:36 pm -

    A little annoying, seeing as how i was going to get rid of Foxtel next March…not offering what it costs to run really, but who knows, maybe we’ll reconsider so we can have first-run viewings of Gossip Girl and now Dollhouse

    this show looks hot…maybe Ten was burned by the lackluster numbers for 90210 and didnt want to take another risk?
    I would have thought that without BB that Ten would need as many programs as possible
    BTW, Do Not Disturb has bombed big time for FOX…weak lead in from Til’ Death will help kill it, so is there much point for FOX8?

  18. Alex Hardy September 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm -

    Come on Ch10?! Bring me the show you promised.

  19. bindi September 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm -

    WHAT!!! i don’t have pay tv and this was going to be the best new show of the year, but now i can’t watch it. is it still going to air on ten eventually like dexter? shows like dexter and californication run for longer, 50 mins plus, ten just extends the air time to fit their ads in, why can’t they do the same for this? and what happened to make them change their minds about supporting the show, don’t they know joss whedon shows have an automatic audience that is hugely loyal.

  20. David Knox September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm -

    So it is! **Slaps The Australian**

    Amended.

  21. Catwoman September 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm -

    The Portia De Rossi show is called “Better Off Ted” not “Better Off Dead” FYI

  22. RichoTB September 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm -

    Channel Ten. More like Channel Hen. Bunch of animals!!!11

  23. Belinda September 24, 2008 at 12:13 pm -

    Oh screw you TEN! I want to like you, I really do, but this move has just lost me.

    Did they not realise the amount of buzz around this show?

  24. Saga September 24, 2008 at 12:13 pm -

    Do you have a premiere date for Dollhouse?

  25. Craig September 24, 2008 at 11:15 am -

    Does anyone know if fringe on 9 has the same amount of ads ad fox in the US does, or do they cut scenes to fit the standard 42 minute show?
    I want to know that as well Benno

    Ch10 is making it a habit of leaving season hanging but also look at 7 with Heroes and PB and 9 with Canal Road!

    I can’t get 10HD here so got FNL S1&2 on DVD from the US, now waiting on S3 to start in a week.

  26. Benno September 24, 2008 at 10:35 am -

    Does anyone know if fringe on 9 has the same amount of ads ad fox in the US does, or do they cut scenes to fit the standard 42 minute show?

  27. RichoTB September 24, 2008 at 9:51 am -

    Ten are a bunch of tards. This show will be the best thing to come since Angel ended in 04. Why the hell would they give the shaft to the season’s best show? So they have more room on their schedule for Law and Order and NCIS repeats?

    Oh well, I was always going to download this anyway. Can’t trust Ten to ever air a series consistently, just look how they butchered Life with holding over 3 episodes last year. Same with Rules of Engagement, although ironically it is now getting better figures than their failing Bondi Rescue spinoff. And Do Not Disturb is hilarious, the bloody critics didn’t like it but then again since when has a critic ever been a credible opinion? Now the soonest they’ll air Dollhouse is probably summer of 2010 by pulling a page out of Nine’s book. Its a shame Seven or Nine didn’t get this show, at least they’d give it a strong vote of faith. I hope Ten fails even worse next year than it is now.

  28. Craig September 24, 2008 at 9:49 am -

    what on earth is going on with Friday Night Lights on FOX 8..they advertised it for weeks as premiering on Friday 12 Sept, but it never did? Id love to know, ive really been looking forward to watching it!

  29. Craig September 24, 2008 at 8:01 am -

    OMG I can’t wait for Dollhouse, it is a pity ch10 won’t have it, maybe when it’s a hit they’ll air it late Sundays LOL. David any word on if Fox8 will fast track it in 2009 since they said “summer”?

    Haven’t heard of Better Off Dead or Sons of Anarchy but they sound good, as for Do Not Disturb I caught the pilot, it’s okay but nothing special IMO. Will anyone air Jerry’s last sitcom Carpoolers? That was funny!

  30. Alex September 24, 2008 at 7:35 am -

    YES!

    Fox8 treats it’s American first-run programming very good, so I have to stop worrying about Ten’s reliability.

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