(FROM THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is shooting a new prequel episode for his upcoming Fox series Dollhouse that will serve as the show’s pilot. Whedon says he decided on the reshoot after meeting with Fox executives who were concerned about the accessibility of the previously-planned first episode. The series, which is set to debut in January, is Whedon’s first new show since Fox canceled Firefly in 2003. Whedon told THR his previous experience with Fox played a role in his decision to reshoot the Dollhouse pilot. ”I get their perspective, I get my perspective, these are not stupid people [at the network], and I decided I needed to make a preemptive strike,” he said. ”I wasn?t going to entrench around my art. It is very fluid — the creation of a television show. So I said that I know a way to satisfy everyone.”

Dollhouse is about a group of young adults who are programmed with ”personality packages” before being dispatched on assignments. (The Dollhouse refers to the memory-erasing lab where the dolls stay after each mission.) Eliza Dushku stars as Echo, a mysterious agent with no identity except for the personalities imprinted on her and then deleted by her employer depending on the wishes and needs of wealthy clients. Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) will play Paul Smith, an FBI agent who’s got his sights on the Dollhouse operation — and on Echo. Fran Kranz (Welcome to the Captain) assumes the role of Topher Brink, a gifted, not-to-be-trusted programmer in charge of imprinting the dolls. Australian actress Dichen Lachman has been cast as Sierra, a doll who seeks a friendship with Echo, while Enver Gjokaj (a guest star on The Unit) is Victor, another doll and Echo ally. The show has a seven-episode order from Fox. (Hollywood Reporter)

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