Whedon Wins An Emmy For Dr. Horrible

Published 6 years ago by , Updated May 13th, 2013 at 7:37 am,

dr horrible sing along blog Whedon Wins An Emmy For Dr. Horrible

Joss Whedon finally received some official recognition with his work on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

On Saturday, (9/12/09) Joss Whedon won the Emmy for short-format live-action entertainment programs.  Way to go Joss!

This is his first Emmy and his 2nd such nomination.  His first Emmy nomination was for the silent episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode titled “Hush.”  (That was one creepy good episode.)

Horrible was part of a new Emmy category recognizing what they call short-format-action-entertainment, which I presume is a category for web-shorts and other like entertainment.

Again, this is an awesome recognition for Joss Whedon and if you haven’t caught this musical short yet, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.  I went into it very tentatively because I’m not that fond of musicals, and just like the musical Buffy episode, “Once More With Feeling”, it was pretty good.

Source:  Sci Fi Wire

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  1. I’m glad this got some kind of ‘official’ recognition. It was recommended to me and I was a bit dubious but after a couple of minutes I knew it would be great and it didn’t let me down.

    Not watched it in months and some of the songs are still in my head. Very funny and well worth a look.

  2. Yes – the songs do stick around … they linger in the brain!

  3. Half the songs of that movie are on my “play all the time” playlist on my MP3 player…as well as half the songs from the Buffy musical and Commentary! The Musical.

    And yes, I know all the words. I am a geek.

  4. JOSS WHEDON had some help:

    Even in the darkness, every color can be found. And every day of rain brings water flowing to things growing in the ground.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
    Everyone’s a hero in their own way, in their own not that heroic way.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
    Home is where the heart is, so your real home’s in your chest.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
    I am interested in the homeless, but they’re a symptom. You’re treating a symptom and the disease rages on and consumes the human race. I’m talking about an overhaul of the system: putting power in different hands.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
    I’m a fan of laundry: the smell of fabric softener, the warm clothes in your hands. It’s so good.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
    It’s not enough to bash in heads. You’ve got to bash in minds.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
    Sometimes people are layered like that. There’s something totally different underneath than what’s on the surface. But sometimes, there’s a third, even deeper level, and that one is the same as the top surface one. Like with pie.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
    You give my regards to St. Peter, or whoever has his job, but in Hell.
    Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008

  5. It does depend a bit on what you call “official recognition”. Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog also picked up a Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form in 2009. While the Emmy will certainly carry more weight in Hollywood for the next few years, and help him get money for other projects, the Hugo will recommend the piece to Science Fiction & Fantasy fans around the world for many years to come.

  6. @Lemmus

    What I meant was it’s quite well thought of in critic circles but any awards would widen it up to a greater audience. The Hugo award is great but it’s a slightly niche award if you know what I mean. It’s more of a comedy-musical than a Sci-Fi or Fantasy piece (to me anyway) and should be seen by everyone. Twice!

    For every 5 people I’ve got to watch it, 4 have loved it and the fifth can’t get past the songs and to be fair I probably wouldn’t have went to a cinema to watch it but it is absolutely fantastic.

  7. At 45 minutes, I probably wouldn’t want to pay full price, but I’d absolutely watch this in a cinema.

    And yes, of the 3 people I’ve shown this to, they all loved it.

  8. @Joshi

    lol. Wait ’til the 5th. The 5 or so people who haven’t liked it (never really gave it a chance to be fair) that I’ve shown it to just couldn’t get past the musical aspect.

    It’s one of the best acted (even cheesy Capt Hammer is semi-likeable with Nathan Fillion playing him though), best scripted and best scored pieces I’ve seen in ages. If Whedon knocked this up with friends and family during the strike just imagine what he could do movie-wise with full studio backing.

  9. I honestly wouldn’t show it to people who weren’t at least open to listening to musicals. Hell I’ve met some Whedon fans who didn’t like musicals and loved “Once More with Feeling” so they’d be up for it.

    Basically, as long as I let them know from the get go that yes, it’s a musical and yes the music is actually pretty damned awesome (don’t ask me to pick a favourite song… I WON’T DO IT!), they tend to like it, but if they say from the get go “yeah, doesn’t sound like my type of thing” I won’t try. I know a lost cause when I see one.

  10. Lemmus: Yes… I am focused on the more weight of the award, the merrier. Though I might admit I got overly excited about the Emmy news and things slipped from my head in the clamor!

    I hear what you’re saying Joshi… I’ve got a friend who refuses to watching anything older than he is. He really misses out on some classics, but everyone makes the bed they sleep in.

  11. @Joshi: Are the musical commentary songs available for purchase & mp3/iTunes download? I have the Sing-Along Blog songs saved in my iTunes library, but I would love some of those commentary songs! Some of them are even funnier and catchier than the show’s songs. (And I think Nathan Fillion gets to show off more vocal range in the musical commentary.)

    Bruce, do you know if Maurissa Tancharoen and Joss’ brothers Zack and Jed were included on that Emmy win, since they were part of the creation of the program? I would hope they all won an Emmy. They deserve it! 😀

  12. @Sherry

    Yes Commentary! The Musical is awesome and yes, Nathan’s song is great (doubly awesome for me since my first name is Neil, so it’s almost like he’s singing about me… except I don’t sing on Broadway or get Emmy nods). From what I’ve heard, there are plans to allow the tracks to be bought on iTunes, but as of now, nothing yet.

  13. Damn. I was really hoping you had information that I didn’t, Joshi. *GRIN* I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out for news that the commentary tracks become available. I hope they do — Nathan’s song about Neil is hilarious!

    (And what a kick that your name is Neil, too. Heh. Everyone start singing “It’s a Small World.” Talk about songs that stick in your head! I think I’d far prefer the Dr. Horrible songs stuck in my head over that one.)

  14. The annoying thing is that song is so damn catchy and yet I can’t sing it because then people would just be like “What? You’re better than yourself?”

  15. *laughing and laughing*

    Oh man, that is so sad. Yet, really funny. 😉

  16. “I’m better…better than meee!”

    Yeah, doesn’t work. I can sing it to myself in the shower though… and I do. 😀

  17. Reminds me of Adam Baldwin on the Firefly DVD, singing the Hero of Canton song from “Jaynestown”: “A man called meeeeeee.”


  18. Heh, yeah that was a good easter egg.

    Which reminds me, have you found any of the hidden eggs on the Dr Horrible DVD?

  19. No! I forgot to look! Are there any?

  20. Yeah, but they’re kind of awkward to find. Unless you want to search for ages and go through a rather roundabout hunt, I’d suggest just looking them up on the internet and following their instructions.

  21. I will do that. Thank you very much!