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 (twitter.com 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 http://www.candacehavens.com 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.