After seeing the mind-bending extra episode of "Dollhouse" on the first-season DVD, my interest in the show revived. Now, here's another reason: Summer Glau, who was so good on "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," is joining the "Dollhouse" cast as a recurring character. From the Fox announcement:
Summer Glau (“Firefly,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) reunites with Joss Whedon when the actress joins the cast of DOLLHOUSE this fall in a recurring role as BENNETT, a Dollhouse employee who shares a past with ECHO (Eliza Dushku). The second season of DOLLHOUSE premieres Friday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Additional guest stars appearing throughout the upcoming second season include Alexis Denisof (“Angel”), Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Keith Carradine (“Dexter”). DANIEL PERRIN (Denisof) is a U.S. senator leading a witch hunt to track down the underground organization. Mysterious, charismatic businessman MARTIN KLAR (Bamber) is Echo’s new husband. BRADLEY KARRENS (Hogan) comes to the Dollhouse hoping to stop a psychotic family member’s killing spree, while MATTHEW HARDING (Carradine), a nemesis of Dollhouse leader ADELLE DEWITT (Olivia Williams), stirs up trouble. Additionally, DR. CLAIRE SAUNDERS/WHISKEY (Amy Acker) and MADELINE/NOVEMBER (Miracle Laurie) return this season in multiple-episode arcs.
I am jumping way ahead here, but would be intrigued if Glau's character is sufficiently compelling that at some point she took center stage and Eliza Dushku moved on. Dushku is good some places, but did not serve well the shifting-personalities aspect of "Dollhouse''s" first season. Glau, I would think, has great possibilities.
Of course, I also thought that Vinnie on "Wiseguy" should have been replaced permanently by Roger, since Ken Wahl became a far less interesting actor than William Russ. And I am sure you've all seen shows where you thought, "That actor/actress is a lot more fun than the main character."