There's gotta be more to it than that. Dollhouse's ratings aren't marginal, they're downright tragic! Maybe Joss is going to make S2 with hand puppets? I don't see how he could get the budget down to match the ratings otherwise. But if this increases the odds of Reaper and Chuck getting renewed, fine by me. Fox would just fill that slot with some cop show anyway. They've got nothing in the hopper that interests me.