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TV airing?
July 20, 2008
12:58 am
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Has anyone considered seeing Dr. Horrible in an hour long TV special? The episodes are, all together, about 44 minutes long, which is about the length of an average primetime TV show. Its Joss Whedon and NPH, so that will bring viewers, as Nathan Fillion likely will as well. This also leaves the possibility of a sequel, perhaps in a TV miniseries, up for grabs. Any thoughts?

July 20, 2008
1:29 am
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Since this is pretty much uncharted territory here, this whole \"made-especially-for-the-internet\" thing, I'm thinking that there would be a whole lot of Stuff (legal) that would be required to get this thing broadcast.

Joss said that this thing cost somewhere in the \"low six figures\" to do. People have bills to pay, mouths to feed, etc. so you know that everyone didn't work entirely for free.

I think once something gets broadcast, which means the studios start making advertising dollars off of it, then we get into a whole 'nother realm.

The realm of Stuff.

Yes, Joss's fans crashed the servers. But what broadcast network is going to gamble on trying to get advertisers for this thing? Because, if you don't know it, know this: TV programming is merely placeholders for advertising. If the program happens to actually be good, then that's a bonus.

And then there's the whole \"penis\" thing.

There are people who actually consider that word, which is the proper word for a part of the male anatomy, as a \"dirty\" word. (Imagine, if you will, if Captain Hammer had used the \"c\" word instead?)

No, I really don't see ABC, NBC, CBS...or FOX willing to have a character use that word. Especially before 9pm. They'd have Joss re-write it. Which would be bad.

I think this entity belongs on the Internet...and on DVD.

It's too precious a jewel to try to cram into the narrow confines of broadcast TV.

Plus, think about it: Wouldn't you just hate to see it broken up by commercials?

I know I would.

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July 20, 2008
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Regarding the word, Fox aired Whedon\'s Firefly, and while they didn\'t keep it around for long, they are still a safe bet, considering that their show Family Guy uses that sort of language all the time.

July 20, 2008
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The FCC has said you can refer to a penis, so long as you call it a penis.

Curiously, if he had said \"my cock\", they\'d need to edit it to get it on TV, but as-is it would probably fit an 8:00 time slot.
And as for breaking it up for commercials, the breaks between acts are right where the commercial breaks usually go. And I think it actually benefits from a brief lapse between segments: don\'t just jump from one to the next, go refil your beverage first.

I, too, had noticed that the whole thing is just slightly longer than a typical hour show (generally 40 minutes out of 60). It\'s sort of the best episode of The Outer Limits ever.
But I doubt that any network would offer enough money to make it worthwhile, with the possible exception of Joss seeing that as great advertising for the DVDs.

It seems to me that much of the point here was proving that you don\'t need the major studios (which would include the networks) to make quality entertainment. The idea is any money it generates goes to the people who actually made it, and since there are fewer middlemen that means the consumers pay less and get more. Having coke give money to NBC, and then NBC passes cents on the dollar on to Joss kinda defeats the purpose.

July 22, 2008
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Of course Broadcast is just one option.  I'm looking at you SciFi channel (you've run a lot worse).  Plus they do Firely marathons and mini-marathons from time to time.  I could Dr.Horrible shown there.

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August 7, 2008
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You guys are missing the point... this was made as a show against the system that entertainment doesn't have to be done at the studios' behalf, it can be done independently... putting it on television would be like a slap in the face of all of that.

August 7, 2008
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No, I really don't see ABC, NBC, CBS…or FOX willing to have a character use that word. Especially before 9pm. They'd have Joss re-write it. Which would be bad.


Neil Patrick Harris himself has said \"penis\" at least twice on How I Met Your Mother, which airs before 9.

August 7, 2008
1:56 pm
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There's also the \"friggin' 'tard\" lyric. 😛

January 12, 2009
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I think that if they did tv it would be cool but the internet is free whenever. XD

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