Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is heavy discounts on Joss Whedon‘s TV series. Today only, you can save up to 79% on Firefly: The Complete Series on Blu-ray plus other Joss Whedon titles like Dollhouse, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you’ve been holding off on buying complete collection sets, now would be a good time. Whedon’s commentary tracks alone make these sets worth the purchase.
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Tuesday’s TV ratings are in and it was a big night for NBC. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- A particularly emotional episode (aren’t they all?) of NBC’s excellent drama Parenthood scored the show’s best ratings in nearly a year as the Tuesday’s ep netted a 2.0 demo rating and 5 million viewers.
- The new Matthew Perry-fronted NBC comedy Go On hit a three-week high as this week’s episode garnered a 2.8 rating and 7 million viewers.
- Fresh off full-season pick-ups, Fox’s Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project were down a tad and even, respectively, compared to last week’s episodes.
- The CW’s Hart of Dixie took a drop again, earning a 0.4 rating down from last week’s 0.7.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, October 9th, including New Girl, Vegas, Raising Hope, The New Normal, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and more.
As part of The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, network president Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about their new fall (including Arrow and Beauty and the Beast) and mid-season line-ups (including The Carrie Diaries and Cult). During the interview, he spoke about what went into the decision to cancel Ringer, the possibility of The Selection still getting ordered to series, the rumors that they’re planning to do something with Battle Royale, how Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along ended up airing on the network, and what fans can expect from the upcoming seasons of Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Nikita and Hart of Dixie. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The popular internet hit Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, created by Joss Whedon in 2008, has been available online and through streaming since its inception, but to continue preaching its gospel to the masses, The CW will be broadcasting it in full October 9th starting at 9PM. The three-part musical stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as the title character, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as his nemesis Captain Hammer, and Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as their shared love interest.
Though Whedon had hoped to shop his project around to a bigger venue at the time in order to pay the cast and crew (who worked on it for free), subsequent DVD sales have reportedly paid those bills. Still, the popularity of Dr. Horrible continues both in book form (with essays from the main actors, the shooting script, sheet music, etc) as well as in college and cult theaters, so while this broadcast may feel behind the times, it shouldn’t. Dr. Horrible is certainly a classic. For details on the CW broadcast, hit the jump.
Though the Internet has given way to plenty of nasty and terrible things over the years, one of the most fruitful recent trends has been Q&A sessions with writers/directors/actors/etc. on Reddit. Mr. Joss Whedon (who’s technically royalty here on the internets) participated in a Reddit AMA recently, touching on everything from a Dr. Horrible sequel to season two of Firefly, to Scarlett Johansson’s prevalence as a “sex object” in much of the marketing for The Avengers.
Hit the jump to check out some of the highlights from the conversation.
Made in five days with almost no budget, Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog became an Internet sensation. With catchy songs and funny performances from Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Neil Patrick Harris as the title character, it’s not difficult to see why it caught on so quickly.
Now sequel plans are in the works. Speaking with MTV, Harris revealed that Whedon, brothers Zack and Jed, and Maurissa Tancharoen would like to make Dr. Horrible 2 a feature film, but nothing is set in stone at this point. Harris points out that they don’t want to make a huge blockbuster feature, but also not something so cheap that it wouldn’t be worth it to send it to theaters. He also made the point that the three leads have to manage a potential sequel with Harris on How I Met Your Mother, Fillion on Castle, and Day as the writer, producer, and star of the online series The Guild.
Hit the jump to check out the video of the interview and a synopsis of the original musical.
Back in October, we reported that the beloved Joss Whedon will direct an episode of FOX’s breakout hit, Glee. As those familiar with such quintessential Whedon creations as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and the recently cancelled Dollhouse know, the man likes to work with familiar faces. For Glee, Entertainment Weekly reports that Whedon is looking to include the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris, whom he previously directed for the online opera Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Harris is game and Glee creator Ryan Murphy is keen on the idea; the only thing that might stand between Harris and TV’s highest rated teen musical is, of course, network executives. Harris is an Emmy-nominated regular on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, so the network would need to okay any appearance on FOX.
Harris recently proved his chops for the television musical number on Mother. Check out a clip of his lyrical ode to the glory of suits after the jump.
Of course it’s a crime that Neil Patrick Harris didn’t win for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy at last night’s Emmys (click here for a list of who won in the major categories). But it’s okay because judging from all the coverage of last night’s broadcast, he won the night. The response he’s gotten hasn’t just been a shrugging “Well, it was better than last year’s endless torture of five reality-show hosts…” but a standing ovation for his energy and humor. It makes me wish I could watch the broadcast but without the awards. Just let it be the “Neil Patrick Harris Variety Hour(s)”.
Well, I kind of got my wish because some clips featuring NPH’s great work have started popping up online so if you want to see his opening song-and-dance number or Dr. Horrible breaking into the live feed, hit the jump.
Even if you didn’t think it was catchy or funny-and I find you a strange human being if you didn’t-Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was a significant moment in the development of content produced exclusively for online distribution. Produced during 2008′s WGA Strike, it was a major case for why revenue from digital content was so crucial to writers. Also, it looked professional, featured great performances, and had Whedon’s singular wit. And now he has an Emmy Award for it. Hit the jump but know that the Emmy is not his penis.
by Nico Posted: June 20th, 2009 at 10:36 am
I have a confession to make. I am a Joss Whedon fan. No, that’s actually not the confession. The confession is this – I didn’t see Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog until I got this DVD. I know. I’m now on the outs with the club. Despite all my friends insisting that this was right up my alley, I just didn’t want to watch it online. I was stubborn in my old-school TV and DVD ways. After having seen this, however, I vow “no longer will I be tied to the tube.”
Dr. Horrible (or Billy in his non-villain guise) wants two things out of life. The first, he wants admission to the ELE, the Evil League of Evil. Second, he wants pretty Penny to notice and possibly fall for him. Penny is a purehearted soul and often crusading for the homeless. Unfortunately, Dr. Horrible has a nemesis – do-gooding ham-head Captain Hammer. Thwarting Horrible’s current scheme puts Hammer in a position to save Penny which, in turn, leads to those two dating. Penny thinks that Hammer is a good guy through and through. Only Horrible sees through Hammer’s public persona to see the douchebag underneath. When word comes down that Dr. Horrible will need to kill someone to get into the ELE, he discovers that Captain Hammer would make for the perfect victim. Of course, not everything works out as intended.