Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' canceled

12:20 PM PST 11/11/2009 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Sci-fi series expected to finish its 13-episode order

"Dollhouse" is closing its doors at Fox.

The network has canceled Joss Whedon's cult fave, which in May beat the odds with a second-season pickup despite low ratings.

The sci-fi series, which is filming episode 11, will finish its 13-episode order.

"Yes. Canceled. Sad but true," tweeted Maurissa Tancharoen, a writer on "Dollhouse" who is married to Whedon's brother Jed Whedon, also a writer on the show.

Beating the odds after a very slow start last spring, "Dollhouse" was renewed for a second season. But with a dismal performance this fall -- and despite getting a ratings bump from DVR viewing -- the show starring Eliza Dushku was benched for November sweeps after four episodes.

Fox plans to air all produced episodes of "Dollhouse," which will return with originals Dec. 4 as planned. Whedon is working on giving the series a proper ending with a big finale.

"I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you'll agree in the coming months," Whedon wrote on Whedonesque.com. "I'm grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again."

The cancellation of "Dollhouse" may spell good news for fans of Whedon's Web short "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."

Whedon, who had been rumored to be working on a sequel to the Emmy-winning Internet project, said on Wednesday he is "off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking" following the end of the Fox series.

"Dollhouse" stars Eliza Dushku as a DNA-altered woman who gets implanted false memories for various missions and tasks.

Fox already has picked up breakout freshman dramedy "Glee" for a full season, while sophomore drama "Lie to Me" is waiting for an episodic order after receiving an order for three additional scripts last month. Freshman comedy "Brothers" is also still awaiting its fate, but its chances don't look good.
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