July 15, 2008
Whedon to Launch `Dr. Horrible’ the Internet Slayer
By TENLEY WOODMAN
Joss Whedon is going where he has never gone before: the Internet.
The creator of cult TV hits "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" unveils the world of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," a Web-only miniseries beginning today.
Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") plays the title character, Dr. Horrible.
Dr. Horrible is just a supervillain trying his best to make things, well, horrible, Whedon said. But there are a few obstacles complicating his wicked ways.
He has relationship problems. His malevolent collegues don't respect him. The woman he loves (Felicia Day, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") falls for his nemesis, Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion, "Firefly").
"He's clearly not that evil, but he's working on it," said Whedon.
Parts two and three air tomorrow and Thursday (drhorrible.com). The content will remain online until midnight Sunday.
Whedon created this musical-comedy, comic-book-themed mash-up during the writers strike.
"Basically, it was, `Hey, kids, let's put on a show,' " said Whedon, 44.
The actors lent their talents for free and Whedon himself funded the low-budget, six-day shoot.
"It had been in there as a concept possibly for an audio podcast and an excuse to write songs from the point of view of a disenfranchised villain," Whedon said.
"I love comic books and comic book spoofs," said the self- described fan-boy of Dr. Horrible's satirical style.
Whedon said making "Dr. Horrible" proved to be an ideal work situation.
"My dream would be to become a tiny studio and make and oversee lots of tiny little things that run anywhere from two hours over a couple episodes to 10 minutes total. I would love to spend my time doing that. I don't have time to become this tiny mogul of which I speak," said Whedon, whose next TV series, "Dollhouse" starring Hub native Eliza Dushku, is now filming.
"I do think with minimal risk and maximum effort, we created something that will last. Even for a little independent movie, it's an expensive venture to show that you can do something that is fairly professional but deeply silly," he said.
Originally published by By TENLEY WOODMAN.
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