Dollhouse Premieres Tonight: 3 Things You Need To Know

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dollhouseTonight is a big night for sci-fi fans.  At 9pm Dollhouse – a new Eliza Dushku vehicle from series mastermind Joss Whedon – makes its premiere on Fox. The show follows an underground (and way illegal) organization of “dolls”—kick-ass, gorgeous women who can be “imprinted” with personalities and memories. They’re hired by the mega-rich to become any person in any role—from lover to assassin.  When they’re not imprinted, they have no memories all.

Dushku plays Echo, a doll who’s starting to remember pieces of her old life.  (Thank goodness; this was starting to sound way too Stepford Bots.)

Here’s what else you need to to know about the show:

Joss Whedon is the auteur behind many a cult TV show.

  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”  Who would have thought a show about a vampire-fighting cheerleader would work? Joss, of course. Five years after the 1992 movie version bombed,  he cast Sarah Michelle Gellar as the lead in a new TV series. The show made TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. 
  • “Angel” The Buffy spin-off focused on her ex-boyfriend, a soulful vampire/private investigator. It got nominated for a primetime Emmy.
  • “Firefly” This space Western gained a cult following despite its single season run. 
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” This internet musical starred Neil Patrick Harris as an aspiring supervillian. So many people logged on to watch in the first few hours it was online that the site crashed.

Joss Whedon has the secret formula to sci-fi success.

  • He populates completely surreal universes with witty, smart, relatable characters. 
  • He writes the strongest, coolest female characters around. We expect Echo to be bold, clever, and wildly sarcastic.

Eliza Dushku is kickass.

  • People first got to know Dushku as Faith—Buffy’s brunette, stake-wielding nemesis
  • Next she brought it in “Bring It On,” as the one skeptical cheerleader more “Bah!” than “Rah!” 
  • Continuing her creepy-chic career, in “Tru Calling” as a woman who works the night shift at the morgue. 
  • Not just a pretty face, Dushku is also an executive producer on “Dollhouse.” Many of the episodes come from her personal adventures—like traveling around Iran, car racing and elk hunting. (Elk hunting?)
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