It's been almost three years, but we still can't stop thinking about Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon's groundbreaking musical supervillain web series. Granted, that may be partially because Whedon's follow-up, Dollhouse, failed to set the world on fire, but Horrible was still unlike anything we'd seen before, and had great performances from Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion in the lead roles. A book about the show, complete with scripts and sheet music, hit stores today, and we snagged ourselves a copy, only to find a plethora of factoids that delighted our Horribleness-craving eyes. They're not earth-shakers, like that the series was filmed in Esperanto and dubbed into English or anything, but they're fun and cute, just like the show itself. Read on, for seven of the most Hammertastic.
Castle ended last season with some pretty awesome twists: the beloved Captain who always seemed like a straight arrow was involved in a major corruption ring and then sacrificed himself in order to save Kate's life. But at his funeral, a sniper shot Kate and Castle tried to get her out the way, but was too late. So he professed his love instead. For a show that usually consists of light-hearted banter with some grisly cases, this was pretty heavy stuff. So I had high expectations of the premiere... and they weren't exactly met.
Our three-day weekend is on its way. Here's some lukewarm news to keep you entertained until then.
Now that I've stopped kicking myself for paying nearly six whole dollars for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (yes, I am that cheap), I can inform you that the brilliant opus is now available on Hulu for zero dollars, which, in case you forgot, is six fewer dollars than what I paid for it. You can watch all three acts in one fused together super-vid (after the jump!), or in the original stand alone installments. Either way, Doogie is officially the Patron Saint of TWoP these days, so show him some love!
When we heard the pitch for Nathan Fillion's new TV show Castle -- mystery writer helps police solve crimes -- we immediately thought of the long-running Angela Lansbury series Murder, She Wrote, which had a similar premise. Hell, even Fillion himself makes the comparison, although ABC apparently told him not to, probably because it makes it sound like a show for 80-year-olds. We've seen a couple episodes of the show by now, and while it probably has more in common with current series like Bones and The Mentalist, there are certainly a few similarities between Castle and Murder She Wrote. We decided to look at just the facts, ma'am, on a case-by-case basis and see if the comparison is justified.
I admit I'm not a Joss Whedon fanatic like some (read: all) TWoP staffers are. So I was shocked and awed at the fuzzy, excited feeling I got when I watched the teaser for Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Whedon's three-part online movie/musical starring Neil Patrick Harris as a doofy supervillain to Nathan Fillion's equally doofy superhero. I suspect the presence of Doogie has a lot to do with it, being that he can do no wrong in my (correct) opinion. As Angel reported back in March, the plot centers on a classic struggle between good and evil (with show tunes!), and the catalyst is a cute girl in a laundromat -- isn't that always the way! -- who'll be played by Felicia Day. Still not clear when the first installment will be available, though internet buzz seems to indicate it will be up sometime in July. Peep the trailer [via Pop Candy] and commence plotzing!
It's a good day for TV nerd news. Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Smallville, Dollhouse, Firefly, Charmed, Terminator, Doctor Who -- all magnificently nerdy, and all tied into nerd-newsworthy announcements.
Apparently Veronica Mars genius Rob Thomas wasn't totally crazy for leaving shoo-in hit 90210 to go work on a remake of his short-lived comedy Cupid. The romantic comedy, which stars the dreamy Bobby Cannavale and showkiller-in-desperate-need-of-a-hit Sarah Paulson (she of Studio 60, Leap of Faith, American Gothic and Deadwood), is Thomas's new twist on a guy who thinks he's cupid and the therapist who thinks he's nuts. It's now got a potential spot on the midseason lineup along with four other new shows.
Now, don't get me wrong -- Joss Whedon has a way with words. Every other word out of his characters' mouths has me rolling on the floor in hysterics. But his true genius -- the talent of his that really, truly caves in my skull, as if with a large rock -- is his ability to deliver the funny dialogue right up to the point where he decides that you are no longer allowed to laugh. That's when he sticks the knife in you, or throws you the curveball, or drives your tour bus off a cliff, whichever "shock and awe" metaphor floats your metaphorical watercraft.