'Dollhouse' Week: News from everywhere

Elizadushku_dollhouse_240 We're not the only ones gearing up for the premiere of Dollhouse on Friday. Turns out the show has gotten a lot of coverage on the Web. Who knew?

OK, well, yeah. Pretty much everyone knew. There's been buzz on the show ever since it was announced, and we've been intrigued ever since creator Joss Whedon and star Eliza Dushku led a tour of the set during last summer's TCA press tour. Following is a round-up of news about the show.

The interviews

Our friends at the L.A. Times have been all over the show in the past couple of weeks, interviewing everyone from Dushku to Dollhouse operatives Olivia Williams and Harry Lennix to the show's set designer.

Whedonesque, the clearinghouse for all thinngs Joss, has a bevy of links to coverage of the series. Among them are this AP video with Whedon in which he discusses how ideas about sex and sexuality will play into the show, and one on Salon that touches on everything from Dr. Horrible to Whedon's time on Roseanne. Alan Sepinwall of the Star-Ledger goes pretty deep into the show's journey from idea to premiere.

The reviews

Reaction to the show has been pretty mixed thus far. Televisionary and the San Francisco Chronicle's Tim Goodman both fall into the "disappointed" category, while Sepinwall found some things to like but doesn't embrace it completely.

On the positive side, there's Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who's a fan of the show's "deftly delivered shock." New York magazine also likes the show, even as it worries about the timeslot and network TV's ability to "embrace weird." (Our take on the show will be up tomorrow.)

Fun stuff

If you haven't already seen the grindhouse-style promo for Dollhouse and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you really should. And if you have, well, it doesn't get old. FOX.com also has a series of goofy "Jossverse" videos, some clips from the pilot and the show's panel at New York Comic-Con.

There's also this. I don't know what MNEMA R Prime-Lab is, but it doesn't look like the most fun place to be.

Previously on Dollhouse Week: Joss Whedon shared some of the difficulties of getting the show on track, and Tahmoh Penikett shared a few things about his character. We also looked at lots of pretty pictures and reacquainted ourselves with the Whedon oeuvre. Still to come: Our review of the show.