Season Two of Dollhouse premiered on September 25, 2009.
Despite low ratings in the first season, a second season of 13 episodes was officially renewed on May 15, 2009. Kevin Reilly, FOX president of entertainment, gave several reasons for why they decided to renew Dollhouse in favor of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which had been cancelled: there was a perceived jump in quality and ratings mid-season, DVR viewing numbers were higher than broadcast ratings, potential for growth based on Joss Whedon's creative mind, and the fact that "if we'd canceled Joss' show I'd probably have 110 million e-mails this morning from the fans."
The series suffered a budget cut as part of the renewal deal, but Whedon said that it wouldn't affect season two production, largely because the first season budget included construction of the elaborate Dollhouse set. An entirely new crew was hired, according to a letter included with critics screener copies of Vows, to achieve "a look that's more lush and exciting." Also, writers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who left the series to work on Lie to Me, were been replaced by Reaper creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. In addition to the original cast from season one, two actors from previous Whedon shows were cast in recurring roles for the season: Alexis Denisof, who starred in Angel and debuted in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played a U.S. senator named Daniel Perrin and Summer Glau, a member of the Firefly cast (as well as the departed Terminator series), played Bennett, Topher's equivalent at another Dollhouse and someone from Caroline's history.
The series was officially cancelled on November 11, 2009. The final episode will take place during the same time period as the unaired Epitaph One.
|#||#||Title||Written By||Directed By||Airdate||Prod.|
|14||1||Vows||Joss Whedon||Joss Whedon||September 25, 2009||2APK01|
|15||2||Instinct|| Michele Fazekas &
|Marita Grabiak||October 2, 2009||2APK03|
|16||3||Belle Chose||Tim Minear||David Solomon||October 9, 2009||2APK02|
|17||4||Belonging|| Maurissa Tancharoen &
|Jonathan Frakes||October 23, 2009||2APK04|
|18||5||The Public Eye (1)||Andrew Chambliss||David Solomon||December 4, 2009||2APK05|
|19||6||The Left Hand (2)||Tracy Bellomo||Wendey Stantzler||December 4, 2009||2APK06|
|20||7||Meet Jane Doe|| Maurissa Tancharoen &
Jed Whedon &
|Dwight Little||December 11, 2009||2APK07|
|21||8||A Love Supreme||Jenny DeArmitt||David Straiton||December 11, 2009||2APK08|
|22||9||Stop-Loss||Andrew Chambliss||Felix Alcalá||December 18, 2009||2APK09|
|23||10||The Attic|| Maurissa Tancharoen &
|John Cassaday||December 18, 2009||2APK10|
|24||11||Getting Closer||Tim Minear||Tim Minear||January 8, 2010||2APK11|
|25||12||The Hollow Men|| Michele Fazekas &
Tara Butters &
|Terrence O'Hara||January 15, 2010||2APK12|
|26||13||Epitaph Two: Return|| Maurissa Tancharoen &
Jed Whedon &
|David Solomon||January 29, 2010||2APK13|
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