If you sit in on a Joss Whedon panel, you’re sure to be entertained.
Whedon brought along Faith-ful "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" companion Eliza Dushku and "Battlestar Galactica" captain Tahmoh Penikett to a panel introducing the world to "Dollhouse," which is set to debut in early 2009 on Fox. The character, Echo, who can have personalities imprinted on her to be whatever/whoever the mysterious agency known as ‘the Dollhouse’ needs, is based in part on the craziness and the randomness of Dushku’s own life.
"Some of the things I might bring [to the part] are feist, fun and fury," says a pumped Dushku. She was elk hunting when he wrote the pilot ("Sorry PETA, it’s part of life") and defers everything to Joss, and supportingly describes him as a "career brassiere" who "makes the words party on the page."
Tahmoh for his part, was at first wary of meeting Joss. "I thought Joss wanted to grill me about not killing the Cylons with a biological weapon or something."
Joss got the bulk of the questions during the Q&A, with one person questioning why they should watch the show. Whedon calmly explained that maybe she "could lower your expectations, then you’d love it." After Joss gave a more eloquent explanation of the show and stated "every relationship on the show is going to be absurdly twisted," Eliza came to his defense. "Yeah, take that, girl! How you like him now!"
Quick question and answers:
A "Dollhouse" comic book? No.
Webisodes? No. (The question prompted Whedon, the man behind ‘Dr. Horrible,’ to make a crack about Web revenue: "But we will make dozens and dozens of dollars!")
The pilot being re-shot? To paraphrase: Just another episode, really, to help introduce the characters. Nothing wrong here, people, just move along.
– Jevon Phillips