May 16, 2009

Sources say ‘Dollhouse’ renewed by Fox

The U.S. TV series Dollhouse has been renewed for a second season by Fox despite struggling in the ratings, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

The unidentified sources said the fledgling series from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has received an order for 13 more episodes from the Fox despite its low ratings during its initial run.

While Dollhouse finished its first season with a 1.0 rating in the valuable 18-49 age demographic, the Reporter said the series has been a success when it comes to DVR and online streaming numbers.

The entertainment industry publication also said Fox received unspecified budget concessions from both Whedon and 20th Television.

Monday's expected official announcement of the renewal of Dollhouse would mean Fox has renewed all three of the dramas it rolled out last season. Both Lie to Me and Fringe recently received second-season orders.

Dollhouse stars actress Eliza Dusku as a woman who is routinely programmed with a new personality as part of a clandestine operation.