Whedon flips ‘Dollhouse’ episodes

Showrunner moves pilot back to clarify plot

At the request of Joss Whedon, “Dollhouse” will be aired out of sequence.

After Whedon received feedback that his pilot episode wasn’t making sense to audiences, he has decided to use the pilot as the series second episode, and will now reshoot a another episode to act as the series opener.

He alerted fans on his website today of the news about “Dollhouse, which is produced by Twentieth and will air on Fox.

“I showed some scenes to David Lynch and he’s all, ‘Whuh?’ Bad sign,” Whedon wrote. He continued later on in the post, “There were some slight issues with tone. I was in a dark, noir kind of place and didn’t bring the visceral pop the network had expected from the script.

“The network was cool about it, but not sure how to come out of the gate with the ep.”

The delay in production shouldn’t affect the network, as Fox had scheduled “Dollhouse” to air on Monday nights beginning in midseason.

“Joss came to the realization that there was a better way to start the show,” said a Twentieth spokesman. “After he wrote episode two, he asked the network to use that as episode one.”

Whedon’s decision to rework what episode comes first could be a good sign, if his “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” is any indication. Whedon’s original “Buffy” pilot never aired and was replaced by a show that better repped his vision for that show.

Whedon made a splash last week with the debut of his self-financed made-for-Internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” (Daily Variety, July 17).

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