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'Dollhouse' Closes Its Doors

Tonight marks the end of the line for Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" (Fox, 8 p.m.)



The episode, "Epitath Two," follows up on last season's "lost" episode "Epitath One," which showed a dystopian future 10 years from now in which Dollhouse technology was running rampant across the masses, causing the destruction of society.



Though not Whedon's best work, "Dollhouse" was a pretty interesting, high-concept show that never really got a chance from Fox. Here's why.



Unlike the JJ Abrams-produced "Fringe," which was heavily promoted and given a plum timeslot after "American Idol" on Tuesday when it debuted, "Dollhouse" wasn't promoted as much and put on the Friday death night.



In addition, Fox forced Whedon to do heavy reshoots of the pilot, which resulted in altering the very concept of the series. If you watch the unaired pilot on the Season 1 DVD set, there are a lot of changes -- such as Ballard meeting Echo in the first episode -- that would have gotten into the show's mythology more quickly.



Still, it's not the first or even second time Fox has screwed over Whedon. Witness "Firefly," which was also aired on Fridays and also had a heavily re-edited pilot, which was shown out of order. Note to Fox: When you hire a genius, let the man work and don't interfere.



WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: "Smallville" (CW, 8 p.m.) returns tonight after a long layoff as Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) faces his former mentor, who is gunning for him. Next week is "Smallville's" major TV movie event featuring the Justice Society.



CBS is all new with "Ghost Whisperer," "Medium" and "Numb3rs," while ABC has reality shows "Supernanny" and "Shark Tank" from 8-10 p.m.



On cable, "Caprica" (SyFy, 9 p.m.) is all-new. It features a look at Sister Clarice's (Polly Walker) rather interesting alternative lifestyle -- polygamy to the extreme -- and a shocking ending that will have ramifications for the next several episodes.



Starz, meanwhile, airs a new "Spartacus" at 10 p.m., featuring about as much gore, language and full-frontal nudity as last week's episode.



On Saturday, "Demons" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) is all new.



On Sunday, ESPN airs the Pro Bowl at 7 p.m. Yup, have an all-star game without representatives of the league's two best teams. Makes sense.



ABC has new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" beginning at 9 p.m., while Fox has an all-new night of animated comedy, including guest voices Chris Martin on "The Simpsons" and Allison Janney on "Family Guy."



CBS airs the Grammy Awards, beginning at 8 p.m.



"Masterpiece: Classic" (PBS, 9 p.m.) airs Part 2 of "Emma."



On cable, Rosie O'Donnell airs an HBO special, "A Family Is A Family" at 7 p.m. It's a bit awkward, since it was filmed before her split with her partner. "Big Love" is new at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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