Next week, Joss Whedon yet again will air a series finale on Fox with the last of “Dollhouse.” But could he stay with the company and jump over to cable?
John Landgraf, president of Fox’s cable channel FX, told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour Sunday that he is having lunch with Whedon within the next couple weeks, although he didn’t elaborate whether it was an official pitch, or simply a casual get-together.
Whedon, whose credits also include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly,” likely will stay with television, although his next move isn’t clear. He is slated to direct an episode of “Glee” this season, which likely will not involve space cowboys, vampires or people with wiped personalities.
After that is nothing more than a shrug.
“I don’t really know Joss, but I’m really looking forward to meeting him,” Landgraf said, according to HitFix. “I love his stuff.”
Landgraf pointed out that Shawn Ryan, responsible for FX’s breakout hit “The Shield” as well as its upcoming “Terriers,” had “learned at the feet” of Whedon. Ryan, who started his career writing for shows such as “My Two Dads” and “Nash Bridges” (under current “Lost” executive producer Carlton Cuse) was a producer on “Angel” at the beginning of the decade.
Whether it will eventually order a pilot from Whedon is anyone’s guess. But if they do, it seems there’s a great chance it could turn into a series. That’s because unlike the broadcast networks, which may only turn a handful of pilots into series, FX is a channel where little is wasted.
“I’ve been now at the channel for six years,” Landgraf said. “We’ve made nine drama pilots, and we’ve picked eight of them up. So we really don’t make very many pilots that we don’t order.”
For now, Whedon is looking toward the finale of “Dollhouse,” which airs Jan. 29 on Fox.