Sci-fi Newsflash: A ‘Dollhouse’ miracle highlights Upfront leaks

Elizadushku_dollhouse_s1_290 Let the Whedonites rejoice!

It was a busy day on Twitter Friday as 2009-2010 Fall programming leaks flew fast and furious. Though the Upfronts, when networks reveal their schedules, don't start until Monday, one major leak caused a ripple of shock and pleasure through the nerd community – "Dollhouse" appears to have been picked up for a second season.

Though confirmation of a second "Dollhouse" season won't be official until Monday, May 18th, The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed says it'll get 13 more episodes in the Fall thanks to massive DVR numbers, loads of online viewers, and this season's unaired 13th episode – one that was shot for a considerably smaller budget but still impressed as it was full of teh awesome. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that Season 1 is #9 on Amazon's Boxed Sets list strictly on pre-orders (#21 in Television, #49 in all Movies & TV). Plus the execs apparently heart Eliza Dushku. I don't blame them.

The other two FOX sci-fi shows, "Fringe" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," are on unequal ground – the former has been officially renewed while that latter is on the bubble and has an uncensored, shirtless Thomas Dekker going to bat for it.

More good news in renewal land centers on "Chuck" as the general consensus is that NBC will submit to our will. I guess buying all those $5 Footlongs really did help. "Heroes," which was never in any danger, has already been guaranteed a return. Word is also trickling down that The CW may give "Reaper" another shot in the form of Sunday syndication. If that does happen, which would be cool, Tyler Labine (who plays "Bert 'Sock' Wysocki") will have a busy work schedule since he's the lead in the new FOX comedy "Sons of Tuscon" about a guy hired by three boys to pose as their dad after their real pops is sent to jail. Sunshiny.

There's a lot of tasty nerd-flavored treats coming our way next season. FOX has picked up "Human Target" – based on the Vertigo title of the same name and starring Misfit favorite Mark Valley – about a man who assumes the identities of his clients to identify and eliminate threats to their well-being. Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, who I also adore, co-star. No word on whether the show will air in the Fall or Spring.

ABC has renewed the fab "Better Off Ted" and the Capt. Mal…er, Nathan Fillion vehicle "Castle,"  promos for David Goyer's "Flash Forward" (which was on my Spring TV watchlist) are already being aired, and they've just ordered up "Eastwick" continuing David Nutter's spotless pilot-to-series streak (*knock on wood*). Rebecca Romijn, Jaime Ray Newman, & Lindsay Price will play the witches while Paul Gross will be their Jack Nicholson. Gross will always have a place in my heart thanks to Constable Benton Fraser on "Due South."

The Alphabet Net also apparently loves but is negotiating a pick-up for the "V" remake. The ever awesome Seat42F tweeted "ABC wants 5 eps and pilot but WBTV wants a bigger order so not done yet." If the pilot is as awesome as the buzz indicates, why not up the order to 10 episodes?

Whew! That's a lot of action. I hope all this good news is verified next week because I'd hate to have to start cursing some programming execs (I'm lookin' at you, Ben Silverman).

About Tamara Brooks

A few things I wondered about as a kid: Why didn't Wonder Woman punch more bad guys in the face on the tv show?; How does Superman flying around the Earth turn back time?; Could someone really catch bullets with their teeth?; Why didn't the liquid bits of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man cause 3rd degree burns on whoever it landed on? Because melted marshmallow is up there with molten hot lava.