'Dollhouse' shuts its doors

elizadushku_dollhouse_290.jpgUPDATE: Comments from Joss Whedon, via Whedonesque:

"I don't have a lot to say. I'm extremely proud of the people I've worked with: my star, my staff, my cast, my crew. I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you'll agree in the coming months. I'm grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.

"I'm off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking. Possibly that relaxation thing I've read so much about. By the time the last episode airs, you'll know what my next project is."

Original post below.

And the ax keeps falling: Though the news isn't surprising, FOX has made it official that "Dollhouse" won't go beyond its 13-episode order this season.

The Joss Whedon-created series is in the midst of shooting its 11th episode of the season and will complete all 13 and give Whedon a chance to end the show "in a significant way." A network insider confirms that the 13th episode will serve as the series finale.

FOX pulled "Dollhouse" from its November sweeps schedule after its initial four episodes drew an average of only 3.08 million viewers (that number includes DVR viewing; its same-day audience was only 2.2 million people).

The network plans to air back-to-back episodes for three weeks starting Dec. 4. The show will take Christmas and New Year's Day off and return for its final three episodes starting Jan. 8. The series finale is slated for Friday, Jan. 22.

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