Surprise: Fox has renewed “Dollhouse.” The Joss Whedon fan favorite had terrible ratings in its first season but network executives reportedly stressed other factors — huge DVR numbers, traditionally strong DVD sales for sci-fi shows and Whedon agreeing to make budget concessions. Plus, they were starting to dig the show.
Other TV news on the weekend before upfronts:

  • ABC has renewed “Scrubs,” “Castle,” and “Better Off Ted.”
  • ABC has picked up new series “The Forgotten”(Jerry Bruckheimer detective show); “Eastwick” (based on John Updike’s “Witches of Eastwicke”), “Hank” (Kelsey Grammer comedy), “The Middle” (Patricia Heaton), “Cougar Town” (Courtney Cox comedy), “Happy Town ” (small-town murder mystery from “October Road” creators).
  • The CW will reportedly pick up new series “Melrose Place” and “Vampire Diaries.” That leaves one slot open for contenders “Privileged,” “Beautiful Life” (about models starring Mischa Barton) and “Life Unexpected” (family drama).