Think you were upset when Fox canceled “Firefly?”
Just imagine how it felt to be Joss Whedon.
Whedon says that when Fox cut down his series after just 14 episodes, that his despair was so great that is cut off his flow of ideas and he couldn’t return to create new episodic television for several years.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Whedon shared that the loss of “Firefly” is “still the greatest grief I have about my career” and that the whole experience made him “the sourest man alive.”
“I stopped having ideas, which for me is an extremely rare experience,” Whedon said. “It was something much more subtle [than losing hope], it took away my ability to think in terms of episodic television. For years.”
Of course, Whedon did eventually come back to television with “Dollhouse.” Which got a second season before Fox pulled the plug.
How’d that make him feel this time?
“Yeah, pretty much. Anger, anger, anger. Anger. Bargaining,” he deadpans. “Honestly, this year with my career, I’ve been going, OK, is it over? Are they done with me, and is it time for me to start doing really small or make a graceful exit? Because I’m OK. I have my family, I love to write, I’ll always write, they can’t stop me doing that. But maybe I’m not going to get my shot to reach a mass audience. But then I got ‘The Avengers’. So, clearly, I’m an idiot.”