'Dollhouse' episode 13 will not air, but why?

Elizadushku Whedon fans, I fear it's happening again.

According to Dr. Horrible's Twitter page -- which is apparently run by the Whedon brothers themselves -- "Dollhouse" episode 13, the show's intended season finale, will not be making it to a small screen near you.

This, by the way, is the episode "Buffy" alum Felicia Day (Vi) is in and, according to a morning tweet from her, she just got this news and she ain't thrilled.

So what does it mean when your show's season finale gets pulled? Probably nothing good.

Not like you didn't see it coming with the fairly sad ratings "Dollhouse" has been getting, but yeah, doubt it'll be back in the fall.

One rumor swirling is that the 13th episode is really more of an epilogue/season two setup (a la the season one "Buffy" finale) and if "Dollhouse" isn't getting a second year pick up, the producers and/or the network would rather end things at hour 12.

Thoughts?

UPDATE: According to FOX, the network ordered just 13 hours of the show, including the unaired original pilot. So the plan all along was to air the 12 episodes made after the first pilot, and the May 8 episode "Omega" (episode 12) was always intended as the season finale.

Apparently, the studio went ahead and made another episode, "Epitaph One," even though the network didn't ask for it, because of DVD deals that promised 13 hours. Technically, if you count the scrapped pilot, this 13th episode which FOX will not air, is technically episode 14.

"Dollhouse" producer Tim Minear -- who wrote and directed "Omega" -- just posted a paragraph on Whedonesque.com that seems to corroborate this story, though he adds that FOX should still air episode 13/14 because it's awesome.
 
FYI: FOX insists episode 12/13 ("Omega"), which will now serve as the show's season finale, not only wraps up this season's arc, but also leaves open the possibility of future episodes.

-Additional Reporting by Rick Porter

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