The cult hit musical will air on Tuesday, October 9 at 9PM on the CW Network, for at least 30 minutes before being canceled right in the middle of a song.
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, starring Doogie Howser, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day, made waves back in 2008 as a creative way to get around the writer's strike that was happening at the time. Whedon produced the three-part web video on a low budget and released it on the internet, and it became an instant hit. The show was praised by fans and critics alike for innovation in production, catchy tunes, and the remarkable singing talent of someone who entered medical school at such a young age.
A sequel to the musical is on the way soon, and with no writers strike this time around, could Whedon be testing the waters for a television series? It may be a possibility, but also could be dangerous. Though his Avengers movie was a huge success, Whedon has a poor recent track record with TV shows, with both Firefly and Dollhouse being canceled prematurely, much to the chagrin of over-invested fans.
Industry experts are predicting that Dr. Horrible may not even make it past the testing phase, with the odds of the the October 9th airing being canceled before all three parts are shown at 50/50. This may actually be a brilliant move, as the cancelation could yield an obsessed fanbase similar to the Browncoats that have spent the last ten years refusing to accept the cancelation of Firefly, even at one point attempting to raise money to buy the series and give it to Nathan Fillion, whom they worship as a god.
"We'll have hit the jackpot," said Whedon, probably. "There's a Firebrony born every minute.