It appears that Hollywood is about to start focusing heavily on creating content for the internet, a means to combat the increasing competition among cable channels and the decreasing attention of a connected world. Notably, science fiction programs seem to be leading the way by creating content that is meant to coexist and complement broadcast television. Battlestar Galactica created webisodes between seasons to keep up the interest of fans and to fill in the gaps of things that happened outside of broadcasts. Heroes is now creating webisodes that will introduce new characters: Going Postal. Some are better done than others.
And now, Joss Whedon has scripted a webcentric creation that will only appear on the internet. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Neil Patrick Harris stars as a socially inept, wannabe super villain, Dr. Horrible, who is long on ideas and short on delivery. Nathan Fillian plays his nemesis, Captain Hammer. Oh, and did I mention that it is a musical?
Link to teaser trailer: Dr. Horrible
The first episode is now up on the web. There will be three episodes posted in total over this week, and then I believe it becomes a feature only downloadable through iTunes. But, you can check out the sheer genious for free this week. If you have an ounce of geek in you, check this out. The episode is about 13 minutes long and really gets going at about the 4 minute mark.
Link to first episode: Act I
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