2nd Update: Some people have the problem with the word “lie,” in the following post. There are questions about whether it’s a loaded word and question its accuracy. My take is this: FOX is mad because the site provided false information that they further implied was official. To me that is lying. Was it malicious in intent? No. Was it false? Yes. Did they know it was false? No, but they knew it wasn’t official but they still provided the information as if it was. That is by definition lying. Again it wasn’t malicious in intent nor intended to hurt the show. The point of the following article is it was supposed to be noticed for the irony that it is. FOX hurts Whedon show, FIREFLY, fans try to save it. This time fans hurt Whedon show, FOX tries to save it. It’s ironic. I don’t believe Dollverse is bad or meant to do anything bad. I’m leaving this up in its original form to remind me to choose my words more carefully next time so as not to confuse people.
Update: I’ve had it explained to me that Dollverse claims they confirmed with FOX about EPITAPH ONE’s airing and were convinced they were right because FOX assured them “every episode will air.” However Dollverse never found out that FOX had never licensed EPITAPH ONE. So their source that it was ever scheduled and that it would be pre-empted was just plain wrong. Which is what FOX is upset about. I take the email from FOX (which should have remained private) to mean “In the future please confirm with us about air dates,” and that means FOX is willing to confirm air dates for them. Still the Dollverse people are taking this as an attack on them and their rights.
Original Posting Follows:
There is a website called “Dollverse,” and it’s a fan site for Joss Whedon’s DOLLHOUSE. The chain of events that lead up to the very appropriate bitchslap is very convoluted. The simple answer is FOX ordered 13 episodes, made them shoot another pilot and chose not to air the original pilot. FOX Studios ordered a 14th episode for the DVD set. FOX Broadcasting never bought the 14th episode. Kevin Reilly (and others) keep making the mistake of saying “We’re going to air all 13 episodes,” and the Dollverse people took that to mean EPITAPH ONE (the 14th episode) would be aired.
The problem is FOX never had it planned to air. So here is what Dollverse did: They claimed FOX decided to pre-empt the airing of the 14th episode. The problem? They were lying. This turn of events caused DOLLHOUSE fans to think the show was certainly canceled, etc. In fact many (myself included) feel that Dollverse cost DOLLHOUSE bad PR and the idea the show had no chance of coming back. I tried to say on TVBTN that it wasn’t part of the equation but I don’t think anyone believed me and honestly I don’t blame them. When you’re lead to believe a show was pre-empted with no plans of airing, that is bad. I later found out they never licensed the show and wanted it for Season 2 like I reported on TVBTN weeks ago.
So FOX sends Dollverse an email. The email states posted an incorrect airdate schedule for the remaining season one episode stated as fact that “Epitaph One” would air on May 15, then May 22 – which was never announced by the network – as we never licensed that episode for air.
Moving forward do not make any further announcements on your site regarding network scheduling unless you receive notification from the network that scheduling is confirmed – you are doing a great disservice to the show and your own site. Clearing up your misperceptions of the show has become very time consuming and frankly takes away valuable time that could be spent actively marketing the series in the proper way.”
So how does Dollverse respond: Dollverse was recently told by FOX it can not cover something about the TV series Dollhouse, in perhaps a watershed moment in terms of a network attempting to control a fan site output.
So their response is that FOX is now trying to control them! Lets not forget the fact that they flat out lied about the show airing on May 15th and May 22nd. FOX had never licensed the episode! Dollverse is trying to twist this into a Big Brother situation when the correct response is:
“We,re truly sorry. We will not in the future post scheduling information unless it is confirmed by FOX.” How hard is that? Obviously too hard for the bruised egos at Dollverse…
Here is the complete take by Dollverse: