Sing Along With 'Dr. Horrible'

Posted on October 9, 2012 

With an entire night of new stuff from the networks to promote, instead, I'm going to highlight a rerun. Sort of.

When "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog" debuted a few years ago during the writer's strike, it became an instant online sensation. It stars Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, a supervillain who is really just a lonely guy bullied by the city's big jerk of a superhero, Capt. Hammer (Nathan Fillion).

While Dr. Horrible's schemes are constantly ruined by Capt. Hammer, he sits pining away for Penny (Felicia Day), a girl he met while doing his laundry.

"Dr. Horrible" was shown online for several weeks during the strike, then went straight to DVD. It has never aired on TV before, so tonight's (CW, 9 p.m.) broadcast will mark the first time a lot of people will get to see it.

Written by "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon and his brother, Jed, the show has become popular at sci-fi conventions for fans to sing along with, much in the same way they do at showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Musically, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Whedon's legendary episode of "Buffy," "Once More With Feeling," which became one of TV's most beloved hours ever. But "Horrible" is a great effort in its own right, and hopefully, the brothers Whedon will pen a long rumored sequel/prequel at some point.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: "Horrible" follows a new episode of "Hart of Dixie" at 8 p.m.

NBC's strategy of airing "The Voice" (NBC, 8 p.m.) on multiple nights has paid off for the network, which has given full season pickups to the sitcoms "Go On" and "The New Normal," despite the latter's dropping ratings. A new "Parenthood" airs at 10 p.m.

"Vegas" (CBS, 10 p.m.) hasn't quite been doing the numbers in the 18-49 demos the network probably hoped for, but it seems pretty stable for now, especially following new episodes of "NCIS" and "NCIS: LA."

Fox has picked up "Ben & Kate" (Fox, 8:30 p.m.) and "The Mindy Project" (Fox, 9:30 p.m.) for full-season orders, which follow "Raising Hope" and "New Girl," respectively.

ABC has two hours of "Dancing With The Stars," followed by a new "Private Practice."

On cable, FX's "Sons of Anarchy" has been doing some great work this season, and it shows, as it is winning the 10 p.m. timeslot ahead of the network shows in the key 18-49 demos.

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