Look. I love Joss Whedon as much as anyone whose post-adolescence was shaped by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And Angel. I even liked Firefly. A lot. I enjoyed the online comraderie with fans, I think he has superb taste in TV shows, and he played Numfar and danced the dance of shame in those Pylea episodes. But...well, here's the excerpt from the interview with Wizard Entertainment:
What about TV? You recently guest directed an episode of NBC’s “The Office.” Would you like to go back to television?
I love TV, I absolutely want to go back to TV. You know, if I have a series I believe in and I have the people to make it and a place to put it, yes. I adore television but a lot of things have to come together and while I have these other obligations, I can’t really pursue those things. I also just don’t want to get trampled on. So I’m a little skittish…
What do you mean, “trampled on”?
“Trampled on” as in having someone cancelling out from under you two things in one year. When a story doesn’t get finished being told, or you’re the victim of wrong-headed business decisions that nobody even seems to be losing sleep over, you really don’t want to walk in that world anymore. So, I’m not interested in telling stories that nobody is going to see. I don’t feel like making a pilot and seeing if it goes. I feel like if I make something, it has to have a venue. Whether that is a low-budget movie, a DVD or TV with commitment to DVD, whatever it is, I can’t tell the stories nobody hears anymore. I’ve done that in my life.
Oh my GOD. Is he seriously -- seriously -- playing the wounded puppy because he's had a few projects fall apart? He doesn't "feel like" making a pilot unless he's guaranteed...what, a full season? Two? Seven? I mean, sure, after having created three TV series, each one cut shorter than the last, I suppose that kind of "I won't get out of bed for less than a full-season pickup" attitude is understandable, but maybe that's something you bitch about to your friends rather than to the public at large. And if this is STILL about that goddamn Firefly movie, I'm gonna hit someone. Does he realize how many people don't get their pilots picked up or their scripts filmed? Are we supposed to feel sorry for him because, after three TV series getting made, he's had a couple rejected? To the point where we're supposed to read this pouty "well maybe I just won't write any more TV shows" crap and be sympathetic? There's a lot of genius in Joss, but a hell of a lot of entitlement, too. And the fact that he doesn't feel the need to conceal that tells me he's got ego to spare besides.