Tuesday, January 13, 2009

President Obama in the Dollhouse?

Yes, I knew Obama was about to move into a new house, but the Dollhouse? ...  

Let me explain.  Today at TCA, Fox presented a panel of the producers and stars of Dollhouse, Joss Whedon's highly anticipated series about a unit of "dolls," men and women whose memories and identies are hollowed out, only to be refilled anew each week to go on a mission or fulfill a fantasy.

(The show had worried fans by going back to the drawing board recently; Whedon, who appeared on live link from Boston, says that the original pilot was not a true example of what the show would ultimately be.)

On the panel was lead actress Eliza Dushku, as well as her co-stars Tahmoh Penikett, Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, and Harry Lennix.

You may recognize Lennix from his recurring role as a very Obama-like president on HBO's hilarious comedy Little Britain, USA.  I asked him if it might be odd, now that the HBO comedy has been renewed for a second season, to be simultaneously filming a comedic role as a hopefully noble president, and a more mysterious role on Whedon's new drama.  The answer:  he hadn't yet heard about Little Britain's renewal, but called the show's stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams "geniuses" and said he hopes that in their show's upcoming season, his U.S. president will get a second term.

premieres on Fox
Friday, February 13, 2009
9 PM Eastern

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