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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Updated on July 29, 2014

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In the summer of 2008, Joss Whedon (the creator of Firefly and The Avengers) released his latest project: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. This was the first ever superhero musical, featuring an evil villain, his arch-nemesis, a pretty girl, with some sweet ballads and belting anthems. Most significantly, this mini-epic was released on the Internet.

You can find out more about this exciting Internet event here, watch the trailer, buy the DVD, read the book, download the soundtrack, get the exclusive figurine of Dr. Horrible, vote on your favorite quotes and leave your comments.

Why did Joss do this?

Joss Whedon wrote this during the Hollywood writters strike of 2008, and filmed it in 6 days on a minimal budget and relying on the lots of family and friends and calling in many favours. Instead of be broadcast on the traditional medium of Television, this project was shown to millions around the world via the Internet.

"Whether this has any impact on the Internet is unclear to me. It will be something that hasn't been done. And although some people came up with a plan on how to monetize this right away, our first priority was to put this out. We do it for the fans, we do it as an advertisement for itself and for just this culture, this idea of people who are doing something smaller scale but hopefully in such a way they can reach a lot of people.

source: review by TV Guide

What is it?

This is a musical comedy in three parts, featuring the wannabe mad scientist Dr. Horrible bent on taking over the world (played by Neil Patrick Harris). There is also Penny (Felicia Day), the cute girl he really likes, and Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) who keeps beating him up.

These three characters all get big numbers, from lyrical ballads to soaring comic anthems, written by Joss with his brother Jed. If you've seen the Buffy episode "Once More With Feeling", you'll already have an idea what it could be like.

When can I see it?

This show will be broadcast on television for the first time on October 9, 2012, airing at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Official Video Trailer / Teaser - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Buy Doctor Horrible on DVD

Featuring the First Ever Musical Commentary

To quote the master plan: "We will put the complete short epic out on DVD - with the finest and bravest extras in all the land. We'll go into greater detail about that at Comiccon, but we're changing the face of Show Friendliness a second time with that crazy DVD".

A review of the DVD by NewTeeVee said: "As for special features, the centerpiece of the DVD is definitely Commentary! The Musical, a full-length commentary track that is a completely original musical in its own right. Commentary! is actually a fun, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the production, heavily laced with inside jokes set to music very nearly as good as that in the actual production."

ยป For more information about this, visit the Dr. Horrible DVD page.

Get the Sing-Along Blog Book!

New!

Joss Whedon's Emmy award-winning musical tragicomedy tells the story of Billy, aka Dr Horrible, a budding supervillain who wants to beat superhero Captain Hammer and take over the world... and pluck up the courage to speak to his laundromat crush Penny. With exclusive new material from Joss and the production team, new photos, sheet music and more, this official book is a must for fans!

"This book is a treasure that belongs on any fan's shelf." - SciFi Mafia

"You'll definitely have a smile on your face from this book's beginning to its very end." - Blogomatic 3000

Get The Horrible Soundtrack

You can now download all 14 Dr. Horrible tracks as MP3s from Amazon, or buy the complete soundtrack on CD.

click on the button to hear samples.

"All hail Joss Whedon and his merry troupers. If you are hooked on the soundtrack to the musical Buffy episode 'Once More With Feeling', you'll also adore this soundtrack. Felicia Day, Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion are a delightful surprise on vocals. As enjoyable to hear as it is to watch."

Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories

Graphic Novel

Based on the Emmy Award-winning web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, this collection of stories written by Zack Whedon (Deadwood, Fringe) chronicles some of the earliest adventures in the lives of archenemies Captain Hammer and Dr. Horrible. This anthology solves many unanswered questions left over from the show.

For instance: What event inspired Dr. Horrible to become the world's greatest criminal mastermind? Why is Penny, the beautiful girl from the Laundromat, still single? How can you, the reader, be like blustering do-gooder Captain Hammer? And why is Horrible's sidekick, Moist, so... um... well, you'll find out!

8-Bit Version of Doctor Horrible - Video Tribute

An 8-bit interpretation of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog" as a theoretical Nintendo game.

All music, sound effects, graphics and animation for "Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Game" were created by DoctorOctoroc as a tribute to Dr. Horrible (by Joss Whedon) and the NES.

Click on the thumbnails below to watch all 3 acts.

Animated Maquette of Dr. Horrible - Freeze Ray. Tell your friends.

It seems only fitting that the first authorized and fully-licensed Dr. Horrible Animated Maquette is of the man with the PhD in Horribleness himself. Cast in professional-grade resin and painted by hand, Dr. Horrible is pictured in his moment of triumph, holding his Freeze Ray aloft in one hand and shaking his fist at the world.

As with all QMx animated maquettes, Dr. Horrible comes with many screen-accurate details, such as his goggles, the medical symbol on his smock and, of course, the aforementioned deanimation gun. He stands over six inches tall - nine, if you include his weapon.

Dr. Horrible's Animated Maquette #1 - Dr. Horrible Figure
Dr. Horrible's Animated Maquette #1 - Dr. Horrible Figure

Cast in professional-grade resin and painted by hand, he stands over six inches tall - nine, if you include his weapon.

 

Dr. Horrible takes over the Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion as Dr Horrible and Captain Hammer in a segment from the Emmy broadcast.

... just your

typical internet,

superhero musical.

Spread The Word!

Joss wants us to spread the word about Dr. Horrible - here's how you can help:

Once More, With Feeling - from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The episode Once More, With Feeling was a breakthrough for television. It was a musical where the cast did all their own singing and Joss Whedon wrote all the music and lyrics. It was an amazing achievement and the Audio CD is also brilliant, featuring all the songs from the episode plus some scores and suites from other episodes:

Firefly / Serenity - a Sci-Fi Adventure by Joss Whedon

Written by Joss Whedon, and staring Nathan Fillion, Firefly is a Western in Space. Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) leads his compact crew on a quest for survival - they are renegades with an amoral agenda, taking any job that pays well. Unfortunately, this series was canceled after only 11 episodes were aired, but it soon picked up a cult following amongst it's fans, and all 14 episodes can be got on DVD. In 2005, the movie Serenity continued the story of the ship and its crew.

Are you excited about this show? Have you told all your friends about it yet?

Have you watched it yet? What did you think? Was it awesome or what?

Please leave your comments below...

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      This is a great summary for a great web series. Thank you for posing this.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      Love! What's not to love? Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris...love love love. Thanks for a great lens!

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      Dr. Horrible's one of my all-time favorite shows/movies. I was recovering from a badly broken ankle when the series began online, and it brought some much needed laughter! It's also one of the rare movies my son and I enjoy equally, so it gets a lot of air time in our house.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      LIKE!!!

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      PamelaDW 5 years ago

      Not sure what I like more, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog or Commentary, the Musical.

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      A friend introduced us to Dr. Horrible, and we loved it so much that we bought the DVD, bought the soundtrack, and even bought the "commentary" soundtrack.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      1) i really like Dr. Horrible. 2) I really like old-school games. Therefore the link to the 8-bit version on youtube just made my day. thank you for finding/posting it :)

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Awesome lens about Dr. Horrible! Love that show even if the songs get stuck in my head. :)

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      mennella 6 years ago

      i loved this musical very much...

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      mrniceguy11 6 years ago

      It's my favorite DVD. In case all of you don't know, the special features are a whole 'nother musical. Thanks, fluff!

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      SingingPros 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens! I love musicals and singing.

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      HelanaRirosknee 6 years ago

      I saw this in it's entirety recently, and the songs were pretty good. Pleasantly surprised to find a lens on it. Thanks for posting.

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      Loved your Lens - thanks for the Emmy vid !

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I absolutely love Dr. Horrible - one of my favorite of Whedon's works.

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      axiomsedge 6 years ago

      Just wanted to let you know that your page has been included in our list of Squidoo Sci Fi/Fantasy Lenses over at A Lens on Sci Fi (www.squidoo.com/a-lens-on-sci-fi). Go there to vote for your lens and to submit others that genre fans will like.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 6 years ago

      I'm a huge Joss fan and somehow I am not surprised he has combined music and fantasy horror - or whatever is genre is called ... he seems to have created a new one. I hope we may see more than this if he can persuade an accountant to back it.

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      We just watched this on Netflix for the first time awhile ago. I was so surprised I didn't know about it sooner being such a fan of not only the creator but the entire cast as well!

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      oh yeah. very cool. and horribly good.

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      My husband and I watched this via streaming with Netflix. It is beyond awesomeness. So funny and the music (even though the lyrics are silly) is really good. Great lens!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Never heard of this but the lens is great... have a horrible angel blessing :-)

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      dating_london 7 years ago

      cool, Ihad never heard of dr horrible, came across this lens searching for something else!

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      fluffanutta 7 years ago from UK

      @anonymous: It looks like Dark Horse Comics are no longer on MySpace, and I'm unable to find the comic on their website. Sorry.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I tried to read the comic but every Myspace link just leads me to the myspace overview page, not the user's page. Is there some other link where I can read the comic?

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      Ceeshell 7 years ago

      I love all things Joss! He's always pushing the envelope. NPH rocks too. I sooo enjoyed his big "Suits" musical number on the 100th ep of "How I Met Your Mother."

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      I'm glad they won an emmy, because that made me check out this lens, which made me check out that awesomely funny comic."Pass the science ingredient!"

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      CeleryStalker LM 8 years ago

      Loved this show... glad they're working more about the Evil League of Evil. Nice lens thefluffanutta :)

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Oh my goodness! We just discovered Firefly around here, and of course are totally hooked, so another teaming of Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion is gonna be BIG at our house! Thanks for cluing me in. 5*

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      TheCarrie 8 years ago

      I have your SquidUtils.com bookmarked, didn't realize you were a Dr Horrible fan! I can't wait until I have the DVD and can watch Commentary! The musical.

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      jfield 8 years ago

      I love NPH, Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion! Yay, Dr. Horrible. And yay you for this lens!

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      Culrec_Zandier 8 years ago

      Phenomenally funny. This is the new up and coming campy cult classic!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have just joined the Dr Horrible cult. Am involved in Amateur Musical theatre - I want to do this show!

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      I like the MP3 module you've added since my last visit. Nice touch! :)

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      Charanne 8 years ago

      Fluffanutta are you slight crazy ? I great lens. You gave me inspiration to show some of my crazyness in a lens too.

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      HPR 8 years ago

      Great Job!! Please Keep it up:>

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      EternalBlog 8 years ago

      Fantastic stuff. Lol.

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      Wottonian 8 years ago

      Hulu seem to have closed the loophole that allowed me to watch the series here in the UK! How horrible of them! Thanks for the heads-up tho enjoyed it while it lasted!

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      Gentlemangino 9 years ago

      I feel complete now as I went to the Comic-Con , but the day Joss was there I arrived late ,hence, I missed the panel :( but now I'm complete ,GOOOOOOOOOODDDDD LENS. Thank you.

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I watched the first two parts and totally forgot to watch the third.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Spectacular, Little effort from the "Hero of Firefly" anyone else notice the resemblance of Patric's voice & intonation to Jos? Is Horrible Jos's alterego? Don't know where it can go from here, but I'm hoping for 20 more webisodes.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      What a Horrible lens Fluff! ;)A Squid Angel Blessing today! ~ Colleen

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      First time I've heard of Dr. Horrible.

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      Spook LM 9 years ago

      Personally, because of my circumstances I miss out on a lot of this which no doubt I would enjoy.Congrats on LOTD.

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      fibro cfs gal 9 years ago

      Great lens, Fluffanutta! 5 stars from this Dr Horrible groupies :-)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Be still my heart. I was just mourning that Joss Whedon seemed to have disappeared! I never did get over the disappearance of Firefly. Wow! thanks so much!

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      GhostMan LM 9 years ago

      Love the stuff!!

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      newsgirl lm 9 years ago

      What a lens this one! I really enjoyed reading everything. I cannot add much to this lens, but at least i can leave you my 5*. Your experience making lens, make me jealous.

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      RichLeighHD 9 years ago

      A truly excellent lens. A very well deserved LOTD! Congratulations. :)

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      Marc 9 years ago from Edinburgh

      Congrats on your LOTD...You've opened my eyes to something I never knew was there :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      What fun! Keep them coming!5*Lizzy

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      hesika 9 years ago

      A great lens and for the makers of Dr. Horrible all success they like to have.I found it some remarkable that at first is said that all you can see and get without paying and then you have to by it for two or three US$ on iTune?? Hhmmmm....Have fun with Mr Horrible!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      If you can't get enough of that wacky singing mad scientist bent on world domination stuff (because it was only 3 episodes for a limited time) ... then check out Doctor Steel! The ongoing movement for world domination with robots, toys, puppets and Mind Control Cookies!- definitely not here for a limited time only!Check it out his music on www.doctorsteel.com under Audio Experimentation and on youtube!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I watched the first episode when it was available on the site and thought it was cute, but when I came back to watch the next one I found out that it's only available on iTunes, but not on the French store. Nice going. I hope the lucky viewers who happen to be in right country and have the right software enjoy it :-(

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      LOL!!! I missed the freebie showings, gotta see this asap. Congrats for LOTD - well deserved, Mr. F. 5*s!

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      smallfry 9 years ago

      Nice work, I will look forward to watching these. Perhaps he will bring back firefly this way also. After all, you can't stop the signal.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the very cool lens. Dr. Horrible may be Joss' best idea yet, and that's saying much. It is simply made of awesome. Spend money on the official stuff and buy it on iTunes people. We want Joss to get a positive feedback in his purse ;-)When you've exhausted the official stuff, come over to my Dr. Horrible cafepress shop athttp://www.cafepress.com/besserwiss/5781061 where I have put up some quotes t-shirts from the show, incl. 'The Hammer is my Penis' , 'I hold a ph.D in Horribleness' , Bad Horse, the Thoroughbred of Sin' and Captain Hammer is a TOOL' and others like that.Spread the love people!

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      Teacher Adez7 9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, it is about time! :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This latest act was awesome. Check out my review of all 3 acts: http://masontechbeat.blogspot.com/2008/07/dr-horri...

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      Congrats on LotD. Fun lens and much deserving of the award. Keep em coming, Fluff! Bear hugs, Frankie

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like Joss Whedon's creation especially Buffy and Angel, these are one of my favorites shows!

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      fefe42 9 years ago

      I've watched the first act twice so far and can't wait for the next one tomorrow. Nathan Fillion and Doogie Howser rock! :)

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      AdriennePetersen 9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      dvprater 9 years ago

      Thank you so much for making a lens about this. I'm a huge fan of Joss Whedon's work, and even recently had found myself wondering what he'd have been up to. But, too lazy to Google it, I'd never have known about this project without your lens. Looking forward to it!

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      kemengr 9 years ago

      Congratulations! That's great job.

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      GreenRevolution 9 years ago

      Cool lens! Sounds like it's going to be a blast! Thanks for the heads up. Congrats on LOTD! 5 ***** PS. Thanks for donating the proceeds from this lens to charity. Great job!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens and congratulations on LOTD. 5*****

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

      great lens and congrats on lotd

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congrats on LOTD! A mere 14 hours away....

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      Deb Bryan 9 years ago from Chico California

      Yeah for LOTD! :D Great Lens!

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      This sounds interesting, I love musicals and to have this offered on the Internet, awesome! Thanks for the shout from StumbleUpon.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      LOL! I'll do my part to spread the word. Can't wait to see this one.

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      fefe42 9 years ago

      Looking forward to it!

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      whitebison2 9 years ago

      Never heard of it, but now I'm going to watch it!

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      lyrical 9 years ago

      A sing-along blog! And from Joss Whedon no less! It should be awesome! :)

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I am depending on you to squidcast to remind me, as I'm flaky.

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      Tonie Cook 9 years ago from USA

      Excellent!!! High 5!

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      katiyana 9 years ago

      Sounds funny and sort of off the wall... :)

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      Susan 9 years ago from Texas

      This is going to be so awesome!! I love it when Joss gets to do things his way without people screwing it up. (Witness the movie version of Buffy to see what happens then.) Come on July 15!!

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      Nathan Fillion! *dies*

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Interesting...I'll probably end up catching it on YouTube.

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      Heather Weaver 9 years ago from Colorado

      Neil Patrick Harris can be so funny! It will be fun to see him sing and stuff. He cracks me up in Harold & Kumar.

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      Sheryl Westleigh 9 years ago from Maine

      This looks so cool, I can't wait! 5 musical stars!