Last night for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards, host Neil Patrick Harris did a skit as Dr. Horrible, his online blog persona, proclaiming the death of television and forecasting the future of internet entertainment. Didn’t that already happen 10 years ago?
Entertainment newsgroups postings discuss how Emmy host Harris made and showed a quick skit starring his character Doctor Horrible from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The sketch guest-starred actor Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer and a couple of other cast members from the online blog.
If you haven’t seen Neil Patrick Harris and his Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, it just won its own Emmy as an Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program Emmy Award.
From Howser to Dr. Horrible, Neil Patrick Harris, who is also a cast member on “How I Met Your Mother,” opened up with a song begging viewers to stick with the show, and made several references throughout to the challenges facing broadcast television.
He earned kudos from critics, and from people appearing on the show. Harris successfully hosted the award show last year and was hoping for an even better show this year. He delivered.
Harris made a few good points that have been active considerations from TV broadcasters as more of its audience have been migrating online and away from the TV tube.
Here in its entirety, is the clip from the awards show: