Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog star Felicia Day set off a Joss Whedon-fan panic this afternoon when she tweeted “Found out my Dollhouse ep, #13 isn’t gonna air. Only on DVD. Such a great part too. Thx Fox. ”
It’s true. Fox bought and paid for 13 hours of Dollhouse (from sister company 20th Century Fox), one of which turned out to be the scrapped pilot that Whedon wound up reshooting. Which means Day’s episode, “Epitaph One,” is the 14th — which the network didn’t buy. And isn’t going to buy. “We currently do not have plans to air ‘Epitaph One,’” says a Fox source, who added that this decision does not reflect the network’s feelings about the show or whether Dollhouse will be renewed. An official announcement about Dollhouse’s possible return for next season will be made at the network’s upfronts in May.
But don’t be too sad, Whedonites. The episode will be on the DVD, and as far as the show’s mythology goes, “Epitaph One” is, according to the source, less a conclusion and more of a branch into another direction: “‘Omega’ was and is the proper season finale.”