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Fox's "Dollhouse"

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(Fridays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)

Joss Whedon, creator of groundbreaking cult favorites “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” returns to television and reunites with fellow “Buffy” alumna Eliza Dushku for a thrilling new drama, DOLLHOUSE.

ECHO (Dushku) is an “Active,” a member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don’t just perform their hired roles, they wholly become – with mind, personality and physiology – whomever the client wants or needs them to be. Whether imprinted to be a lover, an assassin, a corporate negotiator or a best friend, the Actives know no other life than the specific engagements they are in at that time.

Confined between missions to a secret facility known as the “Dollhouse,” Echo and the other Actives, including SIERRA (Dichen Lachman), are assigned engagements by ADELLE DEWITT (Olivia Williams), one of the Dollhouse’s leaders. After each scenario, Echo, always under the watchful eye of her handler BOYD LANGTON (Harry Lennix), returns to the mysterious Dollhouse where her thoughts, feelings, experiences and knowledge are erased by TOPHER BRINK (Fran Kranz), the Dollhouse’s genius programmer.

Echo enters the next scenario with no memory of before. Or does she?

As the series progresses, FBI Agent PAUL BALLARD (Tahmoh Penikett) pieces together clues with the help of Russian informant LUBOV (Enver Gjokaj) that lead him closer to the Dollhouse, while Echo stops forgetting, her memories begin to return and she slowly pieces together her mysterious past.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Mutant Enemy, Inc., DOLLHOUSE revolves around Echo’s blossoming self-awareness and her desire to discover her true identity. But with each new engagement, comes a new memory and increased danger inside and outside the Dollhouse. Joss Whedon directed the pilot and serves as executive producer and writer. Liz Craft, Sarah Fain and David Solomon are co-executive producers, and Eliza Dushku serves as a producer.

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ON-AIR: Fridays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT


CONCEPT: Drama series focusing on a young woman who as a member of an illegal organization has her memories and personality wiped clean and imprinted with new ones in order to fulfill assignments catering to the wealthy and powerful.

SERIES PREMIERE: Feb. 13, 2009

STARRING: Eliza Dushku (Echo)
                     Tahmoh Penikett (Paul Ballard)
                     Olivia Williams (Adelle DeWitt)
                     Harry Lennix (Boyd Langton)
                     Fran Kranz (Topher Brink)
                     Dichen Lachman (Sierra)
                     Enver Gjokaj (Lubov)
                     Amy Acker (Dr. Claire Saunders)
                     Reed Diamond (Laurence Dominic)
                     Miracle Laurie (Mellie)

PRODUCED BY: Mutant Enemy, Inc. in association with 20th Century Fox Television

CREATED BY: Joss Whedon


                                                      Sarah Fain
                                                      David Solomon

                                                   Steven S. DeKnight
                                                   Jane Espenson

PRODUCER: Eliza Dushku

WRITTEN & DIRECTED (pilot): Joss Whedon

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 Eliza Dushku - Tahmoh Penikett - Olivia Williams - Harry Lennix - Fran Kranz - Dichen Lachman - Enver Gjokaj - Joss Whedon

(Producer and Echo on DOLLHOUSE)

The daughter of an Albanian-American administrator father and Danish-American professor mother, Eliza Dushku was raised with ambition in her blood. At the early age of 10, Dushku was discovered by casting agents for the lead role of “Alice” in the film “That Night.”

Dushku was most recently seen co-starring with Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman in “Bottle Shock,” a drama about the birth of the Napa Valley wine country. Dushku was reunited with Rickman and the film’s director, Randall Miller, this December for the feature film “Nobel Son.”

In 1993, Dushku landed the role of “Pearl” alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in “This Boy’s Life,” a role that caught the attention of many in the industry. The following year, she starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in “True Lies,” opposite Paul Reiser in “Bye Bye, Love“ and alongside Halle Berry in “Race the Sun.”

After completing high school, Dushku returned to acting with the role of “Faith Lehane“ on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” a slayer much more troubled than the main character “Buffy Summers.” Though initially planned as a five-episode role, the character became so popular that Dushku stayed on for the entire third season and returned for a two-part appearance the following season. The remainder of her original story arc was played out in the first season of the spin-off “Angel.” Repentant and rededicated, “Faith” returned as a heroine in a number of later episodes of “Angel” and in the last five episodes of “Buffy.”

Dushku resides in Los Angeles.

(Paul Ballard on DOLLHOUSE)

Before landing his role on the award-winning “Battlestar Galactica” as “Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon,” Tahmoh Penikett starred in the final season of the critically acclaimed Canadian series “The Cold Squad.” His performance on that series earned him a LEO Award nomination, which honors the best in British Columbian television and film production.

Penikett has guest-starred on a variety of series, including a recurring role on “Whistler,” “Smallville” and “The L Word.” He starred in the short film “Trapped Ashes,” which was helmed by renowned director Monte Hellman, and debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Penikett recently completed production on two films to be released this year: “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Green Chain.”

Born in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Penikett has strong ties to the Upper Tanana tribe, their traditions and their love of storytelling. He also has a strong connection and is extremely devoted to his family with whom he spends time whenever possible.

In his spare time he enjoys a variety of athletic pursuits including competitive kickboxing.

Penikett divides his time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Los Angeles.

(Adelle DeWitt on DOLLHOUSE)

Olivia Williams earned a degree in English at Cambridge University before studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for two years. She also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

A four-month tour of “Richard III,” featuring Sir Ian McKellen, took Williams to the U.S. and brought her to the attention of Kevin Costner who handpicked her for his film “The Postman.”

Since making her film debut opposite Costner in 1997, Williams has starred in numerous Hollywood films including “The Sixth Sense” opposite Bruce Willis and “Rushmore” with Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

In 2002, Williams won Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards for her role in “The Heart of Me,” starring alongside Paul Bettany and Helena Bonham-Carter. In 2006, Williams starred in the BBC docu-drama “Krakatoa: The Last Days,” which told the true story of one of the most destructive natural disasters in history. Additionally that year, Williams returned to the stage for a starring role in “The Changeling” at the Barbican Theatre in London.

Most recently, Williams starred as writer Jane Austen in the BBC production of “Miss Austen Regrets.” Williams has several feature films set for release including “Flashbacks of a Fool” opposite Daniel Craig, “Broken Lines” with Paul Bettany and “An Education” with Emma Thompson and Alfred Molina.

When not filming DOLLHOUSE, Williams resides in London with her husband and their two daughters.

(Boyd Langton on DOLLHOUSE)

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who is familiar to FOX audiences for his role as “Walid Al-Rezani” on the last season of 24, as well as his role as “Jim Gardner” on the Golden Globe-nominated drama “Commander in Chief.”

Lennix’s other critically acclaimed and highly successful projects include the Academy Award-winning film “Ray,” for which he received a SAG Award nomination, as well as “The Matrix: Reloaded” and “The Matrix: Revolutions.” Lennix received much critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as “Aaron” in Julie Taymor’s “Titus,” bringing new life to the toxic literary villain. Lennix has worked with myriad accomplished actors and directors including Spike Lee in “Get On The Bus,” Robert Townsend in “The Five Heartbeats,” Ben Kingsley in “Suspect Zero,” Billy Bob Thornton in “Chrystal” and Anthony Hopkins in “The Human Stain.” His other film credits include “Across The Universe,” “Resurrecting The Champ,” “Stomp The Yard,” “Barbershop 2” and “Love and Basketball.” Lennix recently completed production on “State of Play” opposite Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck.

In addition to his distinguished film career, Lennix made his mark on the small screen with his role as the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in the cable telefilm “Keep The Faith Baby” for which he won a Black Reel Award and was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite Award. Lennix’s additional television credits include recurring roles on “ER” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

Lennix has directed and appeared in stage productions across the country including the Northlight Theater Company’s production of “Permanent Collection.” He directed the stage version of Townsend’s “The Five Heartbeats,” which received three NAACP Theater Award nominations, in addition to “The Glass Menagerie” for the Steppenwolf Theater Company.

As a stage actor, Lennix was the first distinguished recipient of an Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. He earned two Joseph Jefferson Citations for his roles in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Caught in the Act,” and starred as “King Hedley II” at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, he was part of the first American troupe to be invited to participate in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “Cymbeline.”

Lennix resides in Los Angeles.

(Topher Brink on DOLLHOUSE)

A graduate of Yale University, Fran Kranz most recently starred in the comedy series “Welcome to the Captain” opposite Jeffrey Tambor.

Kranz’s upcoming films include “Don’t Fade Away” and “Shades of Ray.” His additional feature credits include “The TV Set” opposite David Duchovny, “Wieners,” “The Night of the White Pants,” “Careless,” “Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas,” “Rise: Blood Hunter,” “The Village,” “Matchstick Men,” “Orange County,” “Training Day” and “Donnie Darko.”

Kranz also has extensive theater credits including “Twelfth Knight,” “Angels in America,” “A Bright Room Called Day,” “Henry IV, Part I,” “Sideman,” “Antony & Cleopatra” and “The Dining Room.” At a guest program at Oxford, he won Best Actor for his portrayal of “Petruchio” in “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Kranz currently resides in Los Angeles.

(Sierra on DOLLHOUSE)

Dichen Lachman was conceived in Japan, born in Kathmandu and lived in Nepal until her family moved to Adelaide, Australia.

In 2005, Lachman received her first big break when she joined the cast of the long-running Australiansoap opera “Neighbours“ as “Nurse Katya Kinski,” a part created for her after she auditioned for another role.

Lachman was featured in the feature film “Aquamarine“ and recently starred in the cable film “Aztec Rex.” She will be seen next in the feature film “Bled.”

Lachman divides her time between Australia and Los Angeles.

(Lubov on DOLLHOUSE)

Enver Gjokaj recently completed production on three feature films set for release this year: “The Express” starring Dennis Quaid, “Taking Chance” opposite Kevin Bacon and “Eagle Eye” with Shia LeBeouf. Gjokaj’s television credits include the cable film “Filthy Gorgeous” as well as a recurring role on “The Book of Daniel” and guest-starring appearances on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Unit.”

On stage, Gjokaj has appeared in “The Cherry Orchard” with Kate Burton at the Huntington Theatre and “As You Like It” at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Gjokaj graduated with an M.F.A. in acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley.

Gjokaj divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.

(Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director, DOLLHOUSE)

Emmy and Academy Award nominee Joss Whedon is one of Hollywood’s top talents, scripting several hit films and creating one of television’s most critically praised shows, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Born June 23, 1964, in New York, Whedon is a third-generation television writer. His grandfather and father were both successful sitcom writers on shows such as “The Donna Reed Show,” “Leave It to Beaver” and “The Golden Girls.”

After receiving a degree in film studies from Wesleyan University, Whedon landed his first writing job on the staff of the top-rated series “Roseanne.” He later pulled double-duty, co-producing and writing on the series “Parenthood.”

After creating “Buffy” as a feature film script, Whedon brought it to television in 1996, where it became a cult phenomenon. In 2000, Whedon garnered his first Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his groundbreaking episode entitled “Hush.” In 2002, he wrote, composed and directed a Broadway-style musical episode entitled “Once More, With Feeling” which received worldwide recognition and spawned an “Original Cast Recording” soundtrack, which sold more than 400,000 units worldwide. In a New York Times Magazine profile, “Buffy” was called “one of the most intelligent and most underestimated shows on television.” The show won several awards including Emmys, Saturns, SFXs and a Hugo in its seventh and final season.

In 1998, Whedon developed and produced “Angel” through 20th Century Fox Television and his production company, Mutant Enemy. The “Buffy” spin-off gained a loyal following of its own and ran for five seasons. In 2002, he followed up with the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama “Firefly.” In addition to serving as creator and executive producer on “Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” Whedon also wrote and directed multiple episodes of each series.

Whedon earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay for Disney’s box-office smash “Toy Story.” His other feature writing credits include “Titan A.E.” and “Alien Resurrection.” In fall 2005, Whedon made his feature directorial debut with “Serenity” based on the “Firefly” series. In addition to his television and feature writing, Whedon created “Fray” for Dark Horse comics, writes “Astonishing X-Men,” “Runaways” for Marvel and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Season Eight for Dark Horse Comics.

Whedon recently released a musical internet series titled “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

Be sure to check out our sites for "Angel" and "Buffy", previous hit shows by Joss Whedon!


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