Interview: Joss Whedon on ‘Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’

Rick Marshall

Rick Marshall was Online Managing Editor for ComicMix before joining MTV's SplashPage. Previously, he was Online Content Manager for Wizard Entertainment. He has written for several daily newspapers, alternative weekly newspapers, trade magazines and online media, and was named "Writer of the Year" by the New York Press Association in 2005.

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8 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    Here's the deal: you can't get through on It seems the site is being deluged with traffic. Ah, if only every Internet site with cool free content were so lucky. You can get through to This is a sister site to the Sing-Along Blog. It doesn't have the Sing-Along, but there is a trailer there and links to various Interviews and stories that have been done about the Sing-Along Blog. Neil Patrick Harris has a particularly funny interview with Anyway, mentions the traffic problems, tries to give some solutions and also mentions that the Sing-Along Blog is available on iTunes. It's in three chapters, each chapter is $1.99 or you can buy the Season Pass for just $3.99. Chapter One is about thirteen minutes long. So the whole show should be about 40-45 minutes long, I guess.I downloaded Act 1. Well worth the money. Several clever songs. Neil Patrick Harris is very likable as the love-lorn Doctor Horrible. Very funny, oddly touching. Captain Hammer is just a corporate tool. I know who I'm cheering for.

  2. Russ Rogers says:

    Oh my! There is a Captain Hammer (nemesis of Dr. Horrible!) web comic at MySpace Dark Horse. Very funny. It shows the tyranny of do-gooders. Captain Hammer, what a tool!…What I would like to see is a web comic adaptation of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog", with songs. I know, that's almost redundantly redundant. Oh well. A fella can dream.

  3. Stray Farce says:

    Awesome Sauce. :)

  4. Neil Ottenstein says:

    I had no problem accessing it this morning. It appears either most of the traffic was yesterday or they upgraded. It was lots of fun.

  5. Sgt. Kato says:

    I'm sorry to break it to you folks, but this ISN'T an original idea. Whedon has taken this from the REAL mad scientist DR.STEEL who wears a white lab coat, black gloves, goggles, is trying to take over the world and who's first album was named "Read-a-long".There isn't room in the entertainment industry for 2 mad scientists….and DR.STEEL WAS HERE FIRST! <a href="<br /> <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    • Russ Rogers says:

      I'm sorry to break it to you, Sgt. Kato. But if there is room for only one musical mad scientist, it's not going to be Dr. Steel.Dr. Steel looks more like Dr. Sivana than Dr. Horrible. Horrible looks more like a young Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown. (Back to the Future.)Dr. Steel can't even claim to be the first musical mad scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter preceded Dr. Steel by 26 years!I think you would have to be a mindless minion to think that Joss Whedon tried to rip off Dr. Steel.The "Mad Scientist" is an archetype. The white lab coat and goggles are part of the costume.I've listened to both Dr. Steel and Dr. Horrible. The musical styles, themes and characters are entirely dissimilar.The fact is, there is plenty of room for all kinds of Mad Scientists. And this is not a question that can be resolved through war, litigation or debate. The only way to argue this question is with a "Dance Party -Dance Off!" "Let's do the Time Warp again!"

  6. Neil Ottenstein says:

    This is an interesting interview with Neil Patrick Harris about his EMMY nomination:From…Neil Patrick Harris was onstage at 5:40 a.m. to announce the nominees when as a surprise at the end, it was his name called as best supporting actor in a comedy series for CBS' "How I Met Your Mother." Harris called it a "lovely surprise" but downplayed the importance of winning. "We're all trying to do our best at the show, and it's good to put on your bio, but it doesn't hold that much water. The trophy isn't important; it's just nice to give acknowledgment to the show," he said. Harris also talked about his smaller-than-small-screen work on Joss Whedon's just-launched online musical, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," and whether a series like that could see an Emmy someday in a new category. "It's odd that I'm way more excited right now about 'Dr. Horrible' than the Emmy nomination," he said, laughing. "It wouldn't surprise me (to see an online TV category) in the future. We're in a tricky, uncharted territory on the Internet. If people know that millions of people will watch it, we're going to see more shows like this. I'm not saying 'Dr. Horrible' is the most high-brow of shows, but it's good. We're not reinventing the theatrical wheel, but it's certainly an amazing 22 minutes of show so far, and I can't wait to see what happens next."