Whedon, Dushku Enter The Dollhouse

Joss Whedon is coming back to television reports E! Online.

The creator of the brilliant “Buffy,” “Angel” and “Firefly” is returning to the small screen with a new FOX series entitled “Dollhouse.”

Even cooler, Faith herself Eliza Dushku will play the lead role and the network has already commissioned seven full episodes.

The story follows Echo (Eliza Dushku), one of a group of men and women who can be imprinted with personality packages, including memories, skills, language–even muscle memory–for different assignments. The assignments can be romantic, adventurous, outlandish, uplifting, sexual and/or very illegal.

When not imprinted with a personality package, Echo and the others are basically mind-wiped, living like children in a futuristic dorm/lab dubbed the Dollhouse, with no memory of their assignments–or of much else.

The show revolves around the childlike Echo’s burgeoning self-awareness, and her desire to know who she was before, a desire that begins to seep into her various imprinted personalities and puts her in danger both in the field and in the closely monitored confines of the Dollhouse.

Whedon confirms that deals are in place with the show, himself and Dushku committed. The scripts have been pitched but not yet written, thus next week’s writer’s strike will delay it but they’re presently aiming for a February start of shooting.

Finally writer/producer Tim Minear (“Angel,” “Wonderfalls,” “Firefly,” “Drive”) will also be involved.