'Dr. Horrible' Sequel Still in Works
Joss Whedon web sensation fails to scare up big ratings, but follow-up is imminent
By Kenny Herzog Oct 10, 2012 10:43AM
It wasn't like CW execs could have expected Tuesday night's broadcast airing of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" to perform spectacularly in the ratings. After all, the Neil Patrick Harris-starring musical comedy (already making it niche) first appeared online nearly half a decade ago. Not to mention, its belated prime-time debut had to contend with the usual roster of Tuesday night network forces, from "The Voice" and "Dancing with the Stars" to "Sons of Anarchy." Still, its roughly half-million viewers had to be a disappointment. Not that it will deter creators Joss Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen from continuing to plan a sequel.
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"Dr. Horrible." 2.0 has been rumored dating back to 2009, but over the past several days, sources ranging from Huffington Post to MTV have gotten Whedon and Tancharoen to open up about a possible shooting schedule in the spring. In a recent interview, Whedon divulged to Huff Po that "We want it to come out five years after the first one.... It's an always-evolving thing. Even though we're trying to maintain the spirit of, 'We're buddies making little movies together,' the first one was well received, so we feel pressure to not ruin it with the sequel. So we're taking it a little more seriously than we maybe should be."
Tancharoen confirms to MTV that, “The goal is that we are going to be shooting next year, and getting the script and everything done at the end of this year.... “We’ll invent something that will make our lives difficult but we’ll also have a grand time doing it.”
So, if the busy collaborators are to be believed (and last night's ratings taken with a grain of salt by CW), the legion of devoted fans who've found their way to "Dr. Horrible" since '08 will get a heady dose of his "Blog" in the not-too-distant future. And if not, there's always "Arrested Development."