“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”: A Whedon family hootenanny

DrhorribleIt’s always nice when a pleasant surprise pops up in your inbox late in the afternoon. That was the case with an invite that came out of the blue for a screening next Thursday (July 10) at CAA of Joss Whedon’s latest concoction, the made-for-Internet “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

It’s a three-parter with name-brand stars, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and the fabulous Simon Helberg from my new favorite show, “The Big Bang Theory.” “Dr. Horrible” seems to be something of a Whedon family hootenanny. It’s penned by Joss, his brothers Jed and Zack, and Jed’s fiance, Maurissa Tancharoen. Jed and Maurissa are writing partners working for Joss on his day job, the upcoming Fox drama “Dollhouse.”

Zack, as readers of On the Air already know, is a comer who is not only endowed with screenwriting in his DNA (his father and grandfather were also in the family biz) but was taken under wing a few years ago by none other than David Milch. Zack (pictured right) worked with Milch on “Deadwood” and “John from Cincinnati,” and even wrote “John’s” big-wave-wild finale (I’m not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed that show).Zackwhedon

In his spare time during the past few months, Zack’s been busy working on “Dr. Horrible” and writing a comic book, “Captain Hammer,” based on a character from “Dr. Horrible.” You can check out his comicbook wordsmithing right here.

“Dr. Horrible,” which Joss also helmed, is set to be unleashed on the Web over three days — July 15, July 17 and July 19. If there’s some numerology significance to those dates, maybe we’ll find out about it at the screening.

On the “Dr. Horrible” website, Joss explains his reasoning (as only he can) for tackling this project.

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  1. Clark Jones says:

    It seems Zack is a pretty good comics writer, I would like to read some of his comics, what is the plot of Dr. Horrible??? I am so curious about it, maybe this doctor have a good generic viagra I think I need it.

  2. J. Earley says:

    Open Letter To Joss Whedon and Wife:
    Hi Joss, and Mrs. Whedon:
    I’m a writer. I don’t have Final Draft or Movie Magic yet…but I have written a clever script..well, it is a fun and high concept genre film, but low cost in terms of production, if made into a film…I am thinking it will be the budget of 3 or 4 hour long episodes of any major drama tv series.
    I know that you and your wife are looking for ways to make high quality movies with low budgets, as it is easier to get a green light by studios and investors. Well, I have the kind of script that suits Joss and his magical abilities, of course my script can always use some of Joss’ great ideas…but I am sure you will like it…and find it more than worthy, over all.
    I hope you will give me a chance to prove it…by allowing me to pitch my script. I’m sure the web master of this web site will be more than happy to give you my email address if you take me up on my sincere effort to contact you. Happy 4th, and thanks…and good luck on Dr. Horrible!!!
    Signed, J. Earley

  3. ProgGrrl says:

    Fellow JfC fan here – very excited for Doc Horrible…and for Brothah Zack’s future work too…will he work on Milch’s new show?

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