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July 9, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | July 9, 2008 |

This isn’t exactly TV news, but it sounds better than most things on TV right now, and I know it’ll appeal to many Pajiba readers regardless, so here we go — we’re getting close to the premiere of Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog,” the 42-minute internet movie featuring Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in a musical tale of good and evil. The movie will appear in three parts on the official site on July 15, 17 and 19, and will then go away on July 20, so we’ve got a pretty small window to watch the whole thing. However, Whedon hopes to have the videos available for download (for a fee) shortly thereafter, and there’s already work on a DVD which will include, among other things, an entirely sung commentary. Whedon is absolutely losing his marbles, and I have to admit that I’m kinda digging it. Anyway, if you missed the trailer for “Dr. Horrible” when it popped up on a recent Pajiba Love, here it is again:

And if you want to read an eight-page comic about Dr. Horrible’s nemesis, the do-gooder Captain Hammer, well then here you go.

Next week also gives us the premiere of Comedy Central’s revamped “The Gong Show,” on July 17. At first, I wasn’t too excited about this retread, featuring Dave Attell as the host. I mean, Attell isn’t even a former secret assassin for the CIA, you know? But now they’ve announced some of the judges for the show, and I’m a bit more on board. On the premiere episode, I don’t care so much about Steve Schirripa (Bobby Bacala on “The Sopranos”), but I’m a big fan of Brian Posehn and Robert Smiegel/Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and welcome the chance to watch those two being snarky for 22 minutes. Other guest judges will similarly include people some folks who I also want to watch be snarky (Adam Carolla, Andy Dick, Greg Giraldo and Jim Norton), along with people I don’t care about and/or have never heard of (Kate Walsh, Ron White, Dava Navarro and JB Smoove).

July 17 is also when Comedy Central will be premiering “Reality Bits Back,” the network’s first reality show. The show features 10 comedian/contestants who are hoping to win $50,000 while fighting through competitions satirizing other reality shows. The Comedy Central press release says the show will make fun of reality staples like “American Idol,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “American Gladiators,” among others. Michael Ian Black continues his ride into obscurity (save a fun guest spin on “Reaper” last season) by hosting the show and, from the trailer included below, it looks like he’s made another fine, fine decision. If one thinks “tedious” suggests career upwards mobility. Because while there are a few bits that look potentially amusing, the show as a whole gives off a strong “ugh” vibe.

Also, if you watch the end of that clip closely, you might catch that one of the “comedian” contestants is himself a former reality TV star. I actually knew he was trying to make a go of it as a comedian, and I wonder if he thinks sticking his toe back into the reality well is the way to keep things moving forward.

In news you probably already heard, rumors are running rampant that Shannen Doherty is giving thought to joining the CW’s “90210,” if the money and story are right. We already know that Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling are returning, and with the possible return of Brenda Walsh, one has to wonder why they don’t just do a proper reunion special and get it over with. I have an increasingly sneaking suspicion that this show is going to blow as long and hard as the night is young, whereas a true reunion special, perhaps done as a three or four hour miniseries, could be a finely toasted nugget of glorious cheese. Sure, Luke Perry and Jason Priestly probably have the good sense to stay as far the fuck away as possible, but why not just use that to your advantage — Luke’s Dylan can be dead, appearing in the form of a CGI ghost, while Priestly’s Brandon can have had severe reconstructive plastic surgery after a fire or something.

In other casting news rumors, word has it that when “Rescue Me” returns to FX many-a-month from now (next March), Michael J. Fox may just be appearing for a multi-episode run as a lover of Janet, Tommy’s ex. No deal has been ironed out yet, but it sounds like one may be forthcoming quite soon. Like all other Children of the 80s, I’ll eternally love Alex P. Keaton/Marty McFly, and I welcome him back onto my TV in whatever form I can get him. And given his sense of humor about himself and the show’s own dark sense of humor, I imagine that there will be at least one cringingly hilarious scene with Leary’s Tommy going off on some sort of “shakes” tirade (even if Fox’s character doesn’t, himself, suffer from Parkinsons, they’ll find a way to meta it in).

Speaking of FX, the premiere date for the Fourth Season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has finally been announced. September 18th, bitches — mark your calendars. The long Third Season was a bit more hit-and-miss than the most excellent first two seasons, but there was still plenty of goodness to warrant some excitement about the impending Fourth Season. This link will take you to a music video (which stupid FX won’t let me embed) made in anticipation of the new season although, frankly, it has me anticipating my own upcoming return to Philly for a weekend more than anticipating the show’s return, but that’s just me. There are also a bunch of promos on the FX site, the following of which is the best, because … well, because it’s the fucking truth:

And in our hat-trick of FX news, it seems that the new show Ryan Murphy (creator of “Nip/Tuck”) is working on, “Pretty/Handsome,” is having trouble finding a home. The pilot stars Joseph Fiennes as a married man (married to Carrie-Anne Moss) with kids who decides to have a sex change. While it was originally slated to be on FX, the network passed on the pilot last spring and Murphy has been unable to sell the show to any of the other networks. Which doesn’t really speak too well about it’s quality. So perhaps it’s for the best that we may never be able to see Joseph’s fiennes get lopped off.

And finally, here’s that preview for “Reality Bites Back.” And I have to admit that, with as warm as it’s been in L.A. lately, a hamsicle sure does sound mighty refreshing:

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. He didn’t even mention his moratorium once this whole … dang.

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