Fox pulls Dollhouse from November schedule

Fox can't seem to make up its mind about Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. On the one hand, it renews it despite some of the lowest ratings ever. Then it buries it on Friday night, where its ratings continue to plummet before stabilizing. Then it decides to air all 13 season-two episodes once it's clear a lot of people are watching it on DVRs.

But now comes word that it's pulling it from the schedule entirely during the all-important month of November, the so-called "sweeps" period when the network tries to boost ratings to set its advertising rates.

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello tweeted the news first:

@EWAusielloFiles Exclusive: Hearing FOX will bench DOLLHOUSE for November sweeps and air back-to-back eps on Friday night in December....

Then the FutonCritic chimed in:

Network sources have confirmed Friday entries "Brothers," "'Til Death" and "Dollhouse" will all go on hiatus after their October 23 airings. A rebroadcast of "House's" two-hour season premiere will sub in for the night on October 30 with additional repeats of "House" and "Bones" taking over for the rest of the month.

"Dollhouse" will then return with back-to-back originals starting at 8:00/7:00c on December 4, 11 and 18.

This sounds a lot like Fox has decided to burn off the new episodes it just ordered. Sounds like there's some confusion at the network about what to do with the troubled show. What do you think?

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