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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Buffy" Writer's Webisodes Crash Server

You know you're a badass when so many people try to download your video that you crash servers (unless you're running a server in your basement, then it's just kind of sad).

That's exactly what happened today when Joss Whedon -- the uber-geek writer behind Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Firefly -- released a straight-to-Web video series penned during the writer's strike called "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog".

The series, which stars Nathan Fillon and Neil Patrick Harris, didn't just crash the site's servers, it also crashed mainstream sites like Hulu, a site that hosts current television programs like The Daily Show and mainstream movies.

In other words, Whedon's goofy musical webisode is more popular than the most popular television show and movie right now.

E gads.

The story, which was shot professionally to look low budget (got that), follows Harris' character's attempt to get into the Evil League of Evil. With music.

It's nice to see that while Hollywood and Google are trying to co-exist so that we can all gobble up the mainstream entertainment (and we love our mainstream entertainment), folks like Whedon are successfully finding ways to connect with fans -- and deliver good entertainment just for the heck of it.

And with 200,000 downloads an hour, seems like there's a pretty good market for Web-based awesomeness.

By Brad at 04:46 PM | Comments (0)

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