April 15, 2009

Dollhouse

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
7:00 pm PT
Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood

In Person

Joss Whedon, Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director
Elizabeth Craft, Co-Executive Producer/Writer
Sarah Fain, Co-Executive Producer
Eliza Dushku ("Echo")
Fran Kranz ("Topher")
Dichen Lachman ("Sierra")
Miracle Laurie ("Mellie")

Joss Whedon’s new Fox series Dollhouse reunites him with erstwhile bad-girl Slayer and redoubtable butt-kicker Eliza Dushku, this time playing Echo, an “active”—an identity-less, programmable super-agent—in the employ of the mysterious Dollhouse organization. Dark, disturbing, and spiked with unexpected humor and pathos, Dollhouse recalls Whedon’s previous classic series while carving out a distinctively mesmerizing, unsettling atmosphere all its own. The cast includes Olivia Williams, Reed Diamond, Harry Lennix, and Fran Kranz as her handlers, and Battlestar Galactica’s Tahmoh Penikett as a driven FBI agent obsessed with closing the Dollhouse down.

Photo—Kurt Iswarienko/Fox

 

   

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  • I've noticed a prominent theme within Joss Whedon's shows:  Human Experimentation

    Buffy explored a story line with Professor Walsh and her creation of Adam: part human, part demon, and part robot.

    Firefly had River as a mind control subject and then the Reever  origin was explained in Serenity as an illicit human experiment gone wrong.

    And now DollHouse with its' memory wipes.

    So I was wondering why this theme is prominent within his shows...fascinating topic and one worth being informed of (the hot girls are not the only reason to watch...;) ).


    socialteabiscuit, April 08, 2009 at 12:33 pm

  • For Eliza: with the role of playing an active being physically and emotionally demanding, what preparation do you go through preparing for each personality you have while on the show? Is it hard being so many different people?


    Rhea, April 06, 2009 at 6:20 pm

  • To what degree, if any, were you or the other writers on the show involved in the story (and the backstory) written for the rprimelab.com/"Save Hazel" online story used to promote the show?


    The One True b!X, March 16, 2009 at 2:19 pm

  • Love the show!

    Also, your theme song is fantastic. Were you involved in the songwriting process?


    Em7, March 13, 2009 at 11:12 am

  • Not to get too academic cause I am a fanboy, but... I was wondering to what extent shows with heavily serialized narratives suffer in the ratings and consequently are not favored by networks?  On the one hand long story arc's can create a loyal following, but I can see that show's like Buffy and Firefly don't break too far beyond a niche audience (which I'm personally ok with) or worse, risk getting canceled when they can't pick up additional viewership.  Is Dollhouse's very premise an attempt to balance a serial style with a stand-alone style?


    Nathan, March 05, 2009 at 6:04 pm

  • I love the show so far, and hope to keep watching for a few more seasons. If the show get cancelled, however, what are the chances of a movie?


    dareU, February 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm

  • Obviously, the much-discussed creative issues surrounding the show will be a part of the panel. Does Joss still see network/major-cable TV as a writer's medium? And can shows that attempt to challenge their viewers still succeed in TV's current economic climate?


    popGeezer, February 19, 2009 at 9:01 am

  • Question for Eliza: If you hadn't continued acting after high school, what do you think you'd be doing now?


    KC, February 18, 2009 at 11:53 am