Back when Fox bought Joss Whedon's series pitch Dollhouse, the network bypassed the pilot stage and granted an immediate episode order in an attempt to speed the show onto the air with a minimum of speedbumps. Since then, though, the Eliza Dushku starrer has undergone cast shuffles, vicious network notes, episode reshoots, a set shutdown, and then, finally, a completely thrown-out premiere episode. Now, Fox has announced the latest, biggest setback, and it's one that even the former Faith may not be able to fight her way out of:
— Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" is going to air on low-rated Fridays. The series was originally scheduled to air with "24" on Mondays. Instead, "House" will open the night, followed by "24." — "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" is also moving to Friday and will serve as lead-in to "Dollhouse."
Ruh-roh! As if to drive the bad news home, Fox has set Dollhouse's premiere date for Friday the 13th of February. Whedon's Firefly famously tanked when Fox scheduled it on Fridays, so perhaps those "Save Dollhouse" campaigns that sprung up when the series was first announced weren't so premature after all. Nerds, commence your letter writing campaigns; Fox, we hope you're prepared to be besieged with truckloads of desperate, Dollhouse-saving Bratz dolls.