There’s been a lot of message board traffic and blogger buzz about “Dollhouse” by Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”/”Angel”/”Firefly”), but apparently message boards and bloggers don’t have much sway, because the new Eliza Dushku vehicle bombed on its debut Friday night. [Ed. Note: I would happily ride an Eliza Dushku vehicle.]
The series premiere of Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” was seen by 4.7 million viewers Friday night and garnered a 2.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and 6 share. It was beaten in the 9 p.m. hour by ABC’s “Supernanny” (6.1 million viewers, 2.2/7) and is the lowest-rated scripted series premiere on a major broadcast network this season aside from NBC’s now-defunct “Crusoe.”
Ouch. So, I’m not going to win any friends by saying this, but I have to say it: Joss Whedon is wildly overrated. “Buffy” was a fine show, but it’s not like he created “The Wire” or “Mad Men” or even the new “Battlestar Galactica.” He makes passable sci-fi/fantasy shows in a market that doesn’t really demand them.
You hate me now, don’t you? Okay, fine. I’ll give “Dollhouse” another chance. But I’m gonna need Dushku to get a whole lot closer to naked. I’m sorry, but as a professional TV critic I have to maintain some kind of standard.