And this is why


Why haven’t you been blogging? People keep emailing to ask if I’m okay, and I promise I am. Just really, really busy. We had upfronts this week where the networks announce their new shows. I’ve been working on a proposal for Harlequin. I wrote an entire book last month, and another one two months before that, and there’s the day job and the radio job. :-) By the time I think about blogging it’s a week later. I am tweeting ( and using facebook daily), but I’ll be doing more blogging over the coming weeks, because I want to give you chances to win tons of cool prizes. All of that contest info will be up on by Monday or so. And of course it’s in honor of the release of Dragons Prefer Blondes (July 7, it’s time to pre-order your copy today).

Back to the day job… I promised a few tidbits from my Neil Patrick Harris interview yesterday. These are items I didn’t use in my story, but came from questions some of you guys sent via Twitter and Facebook. He’s hosting the Tony’s the year. He’s such a talented guy, and if you haven’t seen How I Met Your Mother, catch up on it this summer. Funny, funny show, and he’s “awesome.” ;-)

Q: Did you have any idea that Barney would become a pop culture icon on How I Met Your Mother?

NPH: I had no idea. I still don’t. I consider him a bit of a cad, but I think it’s dangerous to get self-reverential about a character. We’re right in the middle of it all. Barney is such a crazy type. That I’m just excited to see what they do week to week. I’m worried that if I appreciate him too much, then my performance will suffer.

Q: Was it more fun to play Dr. Horrible or Barney?

NPH: Wow! Apples and oranges. Barney is all Id and so verbose and outlandish. Dr. Horrible is so introspective and twitchy. It certainly felt like we were more filmmakers doing Dr. Horrible because it was five days during a strike. We were moving the sets. We were recording in upper bedrooms. It was very nuts and bolts, and get our hands dirty. I think that end result is beyond anyone’s expectations. Not only in how successful it was with fans, but in how the actual piece turned out. I’d love to see them do more of those.

Q: That leads me to the next question. Will you guys do more?

NPH: I would have said yes, and then Dollhouse got picked up. I don’t know how Joss Whedon is going to find the time to write a sequel to Dr. Horrible, and write songs for it. It’s a big giant endeavor. It’s much easier to write an Internet musical when you are on strike. When you have a job and you’re working 16 hours a day, I just don’t know when it will happen. I think you can sense that everyone who was in the first one, is anxious to be a part of something else. I think everyone is a little bit worried and protective of the content. We would never just put out a sequel just because everyone wants to do it. I think Joss is very particular about the content of his shows. I suspect when there is one, it will be a good one.


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

5 responses »

  1. NPH

    Excellent questions, thanks for being our voice. Hope your brain fog lifted before you had to go head to head with Dr. Horrible. I love The Dollhouse but hope Joss will find time for more episodes of Dr. Horrible. Also love Nathan Fillion from waaaayyyy back,(we’re talking Joey on OLTL), and love his new show, Castle! Hope he’s not to busy now! Thanks again
    StaceyKay6- from Twitter

  2. NPH snippits

    I really enjoyed this “clipping room floor” extra, Candy! Thanks for sharing. As a die-hard Dr. Horrible fan I am actually glad to hear that there would not be more DH till they can do it right. To do it in haste or just to fill demand would be horrible…well, bad horrible, not Good Horrible, ya know? LOL

  3. Great interview! Neil Patrick Harris is always great no matter what character he plays. Thanks for sharing part of the interview.

  4. Interesting Interview!

    Thanks for sharing the interview with us Candy! I always enjoy reading about celebrities. It was fascinating to read Neil’s comments on the shows!

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Michele L.

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