A key FOX executive may have promised that the network would air all remaining episodes of “Dollhouse,” but he never promised to give the struggling show prime November sweeps real estate.
According TheFutonCritic.com, this Friday’s (Oct. 23) new “Dollhouse” will be the last episode of the Joss Whedon drama to air until December. Also departing Friday nights for the key ratings period are similarly low-rated comedies “Brothers” and “‘Til Death.” This news comes just days after FOX announced a November sweeps schedule that included all three shows, but FOX is known for reversing field, schedule-wise.
In the first Friday of November sweeps (Oct. 30) FOX will reair the two-hour “House” premiere, while subsequent Fridays will be home to “House” and “Bones” repeats.
After this Friday’s “Dollhouse,” the show will be shelved until December 4, the first of three straight weeks with back-to-back new episodes. That means that Dec. 4 will also be the night for both episodes of the two-parter featuring guest star Summer Glau. With two episodes on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, “Dollhouse” will then return for what looks to be a brief January engagement to complete its 13 episode second season, though its fate has yet to be officially determined.
As for “Brothers,” the comedy will jump to Sunday nights at 7 p.m. in a time slot frequently preempted for FOX’s NFL overruns.
And “‘Til Death”? Well, TheFutonCritic doesn’t know yet about “‘Til Death,” but given the number of unaired episodes FOX still has for the comedy, it’s unlikely it will vanish forever.