As reported in an earlier interview with Joss Whedon, season two will continue the tradition of a strong lineup of guest stars to the Dollhouse. Miracle Laurie will reprise her role as November/Mellie in Episode 2, and Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica) will guest star in Episode 3. An eagerly anticipated Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles) will appear mid-season as the programmer of a Dollhouse in Washington D.C. When asked about her working relationship with Glau, Dushku was effusive. According to Dushku, Glau “came in with her A-game. She’s just a sweet, positive, fun actress. She’s great to play off of.” She also hinted at a link between Echo/Caroline and Glau’s character. “Our characters have some backstory that we have to fight out and so that’s a lot of fun.”
Word of warning to devoted fans: Dushku was adamant about the importance of the fans to the show, and the quality of the Dollhouse viewership. However, when asked whether fan comments on the Internet influenced the direction of the show, this was her reply: “When [Joss Whedon] sees someone falling in love with a character, he’s known to assassinate them [laughs] or do something terrible.” So, if you love a character, for heaven’s sake, don’t post it on a blog!
In the new season, Echo is “in an entirely vulnerable place.” If the wrong person or persons discover her retention of memories and her mission to help the other Actives, she “could be sent up to the attic and … cancel Christmas!” Season two is likely to heat up as Echo learns “who she can trust, who she can manipulate, who she can use.” She emphasized the connection between Echo and Ballard. But, “one bad step and she’s done.”
In teaming with Joss Whedon to produce Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku has made no bad step, nor — based on the season opener — is Dollhouse faltering along the path. Episode 2 airs Friday 10/2 9pm ET/PT, episode 3 will follow on 10/9. The show will be pre-empted for Major League Baseball on 10/16, but will return with new episodes the following Friday.