Saturday, July 5, 2008

Once More, with Neil Patrick Harris

Aaaah! Thanks to the Writer's Guild of America going on strike, we have another musical from Joss Whedon, who first showed off his musical comedy chops on a very special episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And you won't need a TV, cable, or a ticket to see it! On July 15, part one of the three-part miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, starring Neil Patrick Harris as wannabe mad scientist Billy and Nathan Fillion as doltish do-gooder Captain Hammer, debuts at*

Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote a nice little article about how the internet musical came to be, and Joss himself writes about how he developed this during the WGA strike at the musical website. Billy, aka Dr. Horrible, develops a crush on a girl at the laundromat, only to have her swept away by his stupid interloper nemesis Captain Hammer. Don't you hate it when that happens?

I can't wait!

Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

*Update: At the time that I wrote this, I had no idea who Felicia Day was and did not bother to mention her in this post--big mistake. Day partially inspired Whedon to create a straight-to-the-internet distribution model with her online series The Guild, which she wrote and acted in. The woman is a polymath--went to UT Austin at 16 to major in violin performance, then math. And she can sing!

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