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(Entertainment Weekly) -- If I hadn't been warming to "Glee" already, this for sure would've begun defrosting me: "Dollhouse"-keeper Joss Whedon has agreed to direct one of the back nine episodes that Fox just ordered.
Turns out, the genius who gave us not only the "Once More, With Feeling" musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" but also "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" is a big fan of Ryan Murphy's new phenom.
So when Twentieth (the studio behind "Glee") approached him about the gig, pretty much his only reservation was scheduling.
"Joss directed one of the great musical episodes in the history of television on 'Buffy,' " gushed Murphy, "so this is a great, if unexpected, fit. I'm thrilled he'll be loaning us his fantastic groundbreaking talent."
And there's no reason to panic, "Dollhouse" fans: I'm told the auteur's moonlighting in no way, shape or form suggests that that show is a goner. He'd most likely tackle the side job after Eliza Dushku and Co. have wrapped their 13-episode order.
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