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'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' sequel 'will exist'


Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a very unique case that’s unlike other the shows in Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue, which explores the odds of fan-favorite shows returning.

For starters, Dr. Horrible was not a TV show (though its 42-minute length is nearly the same as one episode of broadcast television). For secondsies, Dr. Horrible wasn’t canceled — it was created as a stand-alone story. In fact, the story’s ending is satisfying and fitting, unlike the frustrating conclusions of many axed shows on our list (like Firefly). Thirdsly, there’s no huge impediment to actually doing a sequel — the actors are willing, and nobody has to convince a major media company to bankroll millions into the project.

For the few who are unfamiliar: Dr. Horrible was a 2008 family affair from co-creators Joss, Jed, and Zack Whedon, along with Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen. It was a low-budget three-part tragicomedy web musical that on paper should never have been successful but has clocked more than 50 million views and inspired a rabid fanbase despite breaking rules for online success that at the time hadn’t even been written yet. The charmingly quotable story spoofed superhero worship by championing a wannabe villain (Neil Patrick Harris) fighting to win his true love (Felicia Day) from a jerkwad hero (Nathan Fillion).

So what’s the problem, then? READ FULL STORY

Fall TV critic's take: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Almost Human,' more picks

Wondering which new shows to check out as Fall TV premieres get under way over the next couple of weeks? EW TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen have the answers! Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring our critics’ takes on the upcoming TV season. Below, Maerz previews Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg; Hostages with Toni Collette; Almost Human with Karl Urban; and the hotly anticipated Joss Whedon collaboration Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

'Comic-Con': Joss Whedon favorite Amy Acker upped to series regular on 'Person of Interest'

It looks like the Whedonverse truly is the center of Comic-Con 2013: At the panel for CBS’ Person of Interest, it was revealed that Joss regular Amy Acker has been promoted to series regular for season 3.

Acker most recently starred in Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and first teamed with the director in Angel. Now she can get a little more comfortable as cyber-hacker Root on Person of Interest when the show returns September 24 at its new day and time: Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

InsideTV Podcast: Joss Whedon talks about bringing Agent Coulson back from the dead and the possible appearance of Rage in Marvel's 'The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Does Joss Whedon ever sleep? One has to wonder with everything he has going on. Not only is he busy writing The Avengers 2, but he also has a new series (Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., coming this fall on ABC) and a new movie (a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, opening in theaters June 7). We asked him about all three things and more when he stopped by to chat on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105, and in case you missed it there, you can listen in right here on the InsideTV Podcast.

Why spend his 12-day vacation after filming The Avengers shooting a Shakespeare movie in his own house? And what Shakespeare work would he like to tackle next? Whedon tells us all about his new film and the familiar faces that pop up in it. And then I grill him on Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. How is Agent Phil Coulson — who we clearly saw bite it at the hands of Loki in The Avengers — alive and kicking for the new series? Whedon promises all will be explained when the show premieres. “We’re gonna earn it,” he says of coming up with an explanation that will meet fans’ approval. “That’s not something you take lightly.”

I also try my darndest to get Whedon to reveal the identity of the J. August Richards character seen in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer. Is it that of vigilante Rage, as has been speculated online? “I’m not going to say who he’s playing,” teases Whedon. “But he’s certainly cranky, as you can tell from the trailer.” We also get updates on the future of a Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog sequel and some of the other projects Whedon would like to pursue, including…a ballet? Just click on the audio player below to hear the whole conversation for yourself. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jeff Probst reveals the big 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' twist. Plus: Joss Whedon and Gillian Anderson!

Jeff Probst was cagey when he announced the title of the next season of Survivor as Blood vs. Water and showed a clip of blood mixing with water that looked vaguely like a promo for Showtime’s Dexter. But he is cagey no longer! When I traveled on location last week for filming of the upcoming season and spoke to Probst for an interview that ran today on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105, I was shocked to hear him go ahead and reveal the big twist for all to hear. “I think it’s okay to say that it is going to be family members,” said Probst of the next season’s cast. “And they’ll end up playing against each other.” Whose family members? you may ask. Well, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler tells EW that Survivor: Blood vs. Water will indeed feature “the return of great characters and their relatives.” So there you have it: The cast will be a mix of returning players and their loved ones. Which returning players? Well, Probst isn’t quite ready to spill on that, but you can hear him talk about the new season and twist right here on the InsideTV Podcast replay of that EW Radio chat. READ FULL STORY

'S.H.I.E.L.D.' first trailer is here!

If you clicked on this link, I’m betting you don’t need prodding to watch the promo that’s below. And you probably don’t need any further explanation, either. So: The first trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC is here: READ FULL STORY

Did 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' get a new title?

shotJoss Whedon fans found something intriguing buried in ABC’s website for advertisers: A page touting its heavily buzzed pilot S.H.I.E.L.D. revealing a new title and a more detailed description (below).

The title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A network representative tells EW that this title is not yet official. Keep in mind that titles often change during the development process (remember how Fox’s The Mindy Project was originally called It’s Messy?). At the very least, however, this title made it through enough layers of network approval to get previewed to Madison Avenue, and we hear this is what Marvel and the producers are currently calling the project as well.

Personally, I prefer S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s one of the simplest and strongest pilot titles in contention for fall. Sure it has six periods — us TV bloggers haven’t been so burdened since CBS unleashed $#*! My Dad Says. But as a title, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a clean M*A*S*H-like impact.

The issue could be the title’s similarity to FX’s former cop series The Shield. Perhaps all those periods aren’t enough to distinguish S.H.I.E.L.D. from The Shield, either from a legal or marketing perspective.

If this is the new title, I hope ABC considers ditching the Marvel shout-out. Last year, The Avengers was officially called Marvel’s The Avengers (most media outlets simply opted to call it The Avengers). In that case, too, there was the possibility for confusion with another TV show — the 1961 series The Avengers. But if ABC goes with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s no need for the intrusive studio branding of “Marvel,” too. You don’t see Sony’s Justified and Warner Bros.’ Big Bang Theory on the schedule. The play is the thing.

If greenlit to series — and we’re pretty confident M.A.O.S. will be greenlit — the official title will be unveiled in May when ABC presents its fall schedule to advertisers. Frankly, ABC can call this project The Joss Whedon Superhero Action Variety Hour and we’ll still watch.

Here’s the new description. This is also not “official” but…


'Angel' alum J. August Richards joins Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D'

More casting news for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. to share: EW has confirmed that Angel star J. August Richards has joined the cast,but, true to form for the top-secret series, no one is saying much about the role he will play.


ABC orders 'S.H.I.E.L.D' pilot from Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon might be coming back to TV. ABC has ordered a pilot from Marvel TV executive produced by Whedon titled S.H.I.E.L.D.

The project is set in the same universe as Whedon’s Avengers film and follows the law enforcement group headed by Nick Fury. The pilot will be written by Whedon and his brother Jed, along with Maurissa Tancharoen. Deadline reports that Whedon also might direct the pilot too.

In the Marvel universe, S.H.I.E.L.D stands for which stands for the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate (or Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). Production on the pilot is expected to begin ASAP.

'Dr. Horrible' gets CW premiere date


Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog now has a premiere date to air on actual TV. Joss Whedon’s stand-alone production of online musical genius starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day will make its debut on The CW on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m.

That’s sandwiched right after the network’s Monday premieres of 90210 and Gossip Girl, and the Wednesday debuts of Arrow and Supernatural. (So, yeah, expect a lot of previews for Arrow during the good doctor’s commercial breaks.)

Read more:
Joss Whedon thanks his fans, confirms ‘Dr. Horrible’ sequel
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