Monday, July 30, 2012

The CW to Air Dr. Horrible

Looks like the good ... er, evil ... Dr. is moonlighting on the Evil League of Evil ... and don't we just love that!

It's no secret I'm a huge fan of the CW.  After all, they've kept my beloved Supernatural on the air for a soon-to-be eight years, renewed the kick-ass Nikita and a majority of what I watch network-TV wise is on it.

Now they earn even higher praise by signing a deal to air the fantastical, Emmy-winning, cult online hit Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, directed and co-written by fantasy-genre mastermind Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse) and starring Neil Partick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Felicia Day (Eureka) and Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory).

In case you're new to the world of this web sensation, here's the low-down:  Shy, unassuming Billy (Harris), in the form of his alter ego, Dr. Horrible, relates his ongoing efforts to join Bad Horse and the Evil League of Evil through a video blog, sharing emails, future operations and plans to rule the world.  But Billy has another mission - to find the courage to talk to his longtime crush and laundry buddy Penny (Day), a quirky do-gooder who strives to establish a homeless shelter and who is unaware of Billy's double-life.

He also must contend with his nemesis Captain Hammer (Fillion), a self-absorbed, pompous superhero who saves Penny from a botched attempt by the Dr. to obtain Wonderflonium to power his freeze ray. To Billy's dismay, Penny and Hammer begin dating, driving Horrible to step up his efforts - with the support of sidekick Moist (Helberg), very appropriately named - which lead to an unfortunate, heartbreaking tragedy.

Mind you, all of this is done with Whedon's trademark humor, wit and snark and glorious original songs you'll be singing again and again.  Harris is brilliant (hell, when isn't he?) in the lead role, the loveable Fillion plays a fantastic douchebag, and Day is authentic, charming and sweet.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog will air Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. on the CW.  It is also available on iTunes and DVD.

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