'Better Off Ted', 'Dollhouse' renewals: Fan culture exerts its power!

, renewed? Better Off Ted, renewed? Whaa? Are we living in a new alternate world, where intelligent but low-rated shows with potential for increased audience size can now thrive? No. This news, as reported by the Caesar of scoop, Michael Ausiello, is simply a great display of power: passionate fans finally making networks understand that, at a scary economic time to be a network, they’d better start listening to the fans.

There’s no doubt in my mind that these two shows — overseen by distinctive, original creators (Joss Whedon for Dollhouse; Victor Fresco for Better Off Ted — will receive the renewal notices because of all the internet support that bombarded Fox and ABC. They would doubtless deny it, but I would guess that both networks were mindful of past mistakes: Fox in having cancelled Whedon’s Firefly and ABC for cancelling Pushing Daisies, or name your own 100 times these networks, and CBS and NBC have killed creativity prematurely.

Yes, I lament that there wasn’t yet this kind of massive rallying in cyberspace to save older shows some of us loved, such as Andy Richter Controls The Universe.

But, hey, doesn’t it give you Chuck fans hope?

More on Dollhouse and Better Off Ted renewals:

Random scooplets! Dollhouse renewed!

Breaking: ABC renews Castle, Better Off Ted


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  • John

    I cannot tell you how excited I am about this news! Even getting just 13 more Dollhouses makes me happy, and Ted now has a bit more time to find an audience (my theory – it’ll be syphoning viewers off of a bound-to-decline Scrubs that it will share a night with). And it only makes me even more optimistic for Chuck.
    The bad news, though, is that between these, Glee, and all my other favorites, my weekly TV quota is going to start to get ridiculous in the fall. Bye bye social life!

  • shea

    I wonder that this gives Terminator a chance for a 13 episode season 3!?

  • Abby

    I do thinkthat the FIrefly factor worked in Dollhouse’s favor. Fox was clearly in error when they cancelled that show, so now they’re making up for it by giving Dollhouse time to find its audience and crative voice. Which rocks, because Dollhouse just keeps improving week to week. This is the first Joss Whedon show that didn’t wow me right out of the gate, but I like it, and I see it’s potential to become great, and now it has the chance to realize its potential. Now if NBC would just officially renew Chuck, I would be happiness personified!

  • Dr. Zaius

    So, am I the only one who sees waaaayyyy too many Pushing Daisies parallels?
    1. ABC Network
    2. quirky comedy
    3. low rated, critically acclaimed first season
    4. surprising renewal
    If all goes the same way, we’ll see cancellation come late 2009.
    I hope not. ABC crushed my hopes for the quirkiness once, they shall not do it again.
    Oh, and nay for Scrubs. Great season (should’ve been series) finale.

  • Adam

    Dollhouse was just a victim of bad scheduling. With the right timeslot and some MARKETING…it will succeed.


  • sean

    Yah! I really like Dollhouse. I wasn’t wowed with the first episode, but like Buffy (with its poor 1st epps# Dollhouse has improved immensely & i’m a fan of anything Whedon.
    Also, I really don’t watch any comedys #except for the excellent Office#, however, Ted is funny & have found myself watching each week #I’ve seen like 3 epps) & am so glad its getting renewed.
    Yah for both. Still mad at FOX for cancelling Firefly & Tru Calling, but keeping Dollhouse on is making up to me.

  • GARY

    I am pumped about dollhouse being renewed. Thank God for Whedon agreeing to a smaller budget and thank you fans for doing all you could. The only sad part is…..now i know they are gonna cancel terminator chronicles!

    • Nadine

      Le 23/01/2011 e0 02h47 Citation:Poste9 par Pin-up ColadaNooooon Pourquoi oui pourquoi??!!!!Snif…Pardon, j’arrive avec 4 temps 1/2 de reatrd, je viens de de9couvrir qu’il n’y aurait pas de 3eme saison… Moi je trouve e7a original de faire un 13eme e9piode e0 la saison 1 et un 13eme episode e0 la saison 2! Pour une fois qu’on a une vraie fin… Je vous l’accorde, elle est peut eatre un peu bacle9e, mais c’est si rare d’avoir un vrai ending que moi je prends!!Tu dis que c’est rare d’avoir une vraie fin, mais pourtant Joss Whendon est tre8s doue9 pour les fins il ne laisse jamais ses se9ries sans fin. La fin de Buffy est vraiment bien (je ne connais pas Firefly) et la fin de ses minisodes de Dr Horrible est e9galement tre8s bien.C’est pour e7a que j’aime son travail.Bon j’arrive sur ce sujet comme un cheveu sur la soupe lol mais je viens de tomber dessus sur M6 cela fait longtemps que j’ai finis la vision de cette se9rie que j’adooooore. Un concept tre8s bon. Je suis fan et puis e9tant fan de la premie8re heure de Buffy que du bonheur de retrouver Faith dans ce perso de Echo (ils ont meame garde9 sa voix frane7aise de Faith , par contre la voix de Prue (Shannen Doherty) de Charmed pour Dewitt e7a me perturbe lol)

  • Lola

    I’m so happy they renewed Better Off Ted! The cast is so funny and Ted is too cute.

    • Kateleen

      We have 3 cardboard duehloosls at my house right now, and we have been making lots of fun things for them. I love your hairspray cap for the vase; I hadn’t thought of that one! We are using toothpaste caps for lightshades. I am actually working on some free printables for duehloosls right now, which I am planning to have up on my site soon.

  • Nessa

    It was a HUGE mistake to cancel Pushing Daisies, that show was the BEST, well second best when I found out about Chuck on NBC, now Save Chuck!!!! (Pretty Please) :D

  • pai

    As much as I enjoyed the growth of Dollhouse over the season, I would have given anything to get Pushing Daisies back. A true original and so creative. Too creative for network TV ultimately, I suppose.

  • CandyMaize

    It was such a good day yesterday with renewals confirmed for Dollhouse, Castle and Better Off Ted! And I would’ve just loved it if had NBC had announced a Chuck renewal as well – they didn’t, so my fingers remain crossed and I keep sending prayers out.
    And it IS great that it seems like the fans made a difference .. that the networks actually worked harder at coming up with deals to make renewals happen .. and whatever else went down as well.
    True, not all the shows I watched this past year (and perhaps the year before) are getting renewed .. and, yes I still lament their loss .. but the fact that a few of them, whose futures were uncertain at one point or another, ARE getting renewed .. does make me feel better as a TV viewer.

  • Arlene

    I learned about Dollhouse yesterday & was so happy — e-mails and prayers do pay off.
    If only ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ were renewed too, I’d be in the proverbial 7th heaven (no pun intended).

  • Snarf

    Great news. Talk about shock and awe.

  • Joe

    I’d rather have Pushing Daisies, Firefly and Futurama all back than have to suffer through another episode of Dollhouse. If they cancel Terminator and renew Dollhouse then I’ll know Fox has lost their marbles completely.

    • Mangesh

      Le 17/05/2010 e0 16h08 J’arrive apre8s la bataille, mais en fait l’e9pisode 13 est dans la counintite9 du dernier e9pisode de la saison 1. Les deux e9pisodes vont ensembles, du coup si on a pas vu le premier on comprend rien au 2e (les deux personnages inconnus ont e9te9 introduits dans le 1er, entre autres…). Bref c’est sfbr qu’on sent que ca a e9te9 be2cle9 (surtout la mort de Ballard, genre un coup t’es le0, un coup t’es mort et on s’en fout). Mais j’avais bien aime9 cette petite se9rie et la fin ne m’avait pas tant que ca de9goute9e, ca clf4turais bien le machin…

  • Joe

    Renewing Scrubs after that brilliant finale is a HUGE mistahe for ABC. As far as my viewing habits are concerned that was the last episode of Scrubs.
    This new season will probably be like After MASH or Golden Palace. Such a pity to destroy the legacy of Scrubs with one more desperate season.

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