May 18th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Joss Whedon had a 'Glee-' ful time directing Neil Patrick Harris

Joss Whedon just can’t seem to get away from Neil Patrick Harris.

“I am so tired of that guy,” Whedon joked during a recent conference call. “Why do they always make me direct Neil?”

The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dollhouse” creator has a good thing going with the “How I Met Your Mother" star. The pair have worked together on "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and have once again teamed up for Tuesday night’s episode of  “Glee.”

Harris guest stars on an episode titled “Dream On” as a rival to actor Matt Morrison’s character Mr. Schuester and the episode has a decided, fantastical Whedon touch.

The director said it was a pleasure settling in short term with the “Glee” family and working with his bud Harris.

“I feel like [Harris is] one of those people who expresses the way I wish I could express myself,” Whedon said. “He’s like a muse, and he’s friends with Matt.  The sort of rivalry/affection between them just informed the whole thing so much.  We had such a good time.”

It’s not the first time Whedon has directed a show that was not his own. He’s also leant his creativity to series like “The Office.”

But he says he’s done directing show he’s a fan of because he’s often behind on episodes and having to catch up on the action spoils it for him.

“It’s like a giant slew of spoilers that quite frankly is not fair,” Whedon said. “I would say after “Glee,” “Friday Night Lights” is probably the show that blows me away the most.  But, I definitely don’t want to direct one of those, because I’m still on Season 2.”

During the call, Whedon declined to give updates on any of his other rumored projects including a reported gig to direct “The Avengers” for the big screen.

He instead focused on his current and past work like “Dr. Horrible” and the musical episode of “Buffy” which he said helped prepare him for “Glee.”

And fans shouldn’t rule out a possible return to “Glee” by Whedon.

“It’s the kind of thing that I would like to spend a lot more of my time doing,” he said. “I love musicals deeply and dearly. This was a return to home for me.  Not my home, but a very welcoming one.”


Filed under: Celebrities • Glee • television

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  1. jayman419

    Obviously Whedon didn't write it, as I think I'd of heard about major characters being killed in seemingly meaningless ways...

    I kid, I kid.

    June 21, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joss Is God

    Neil Patrick Harris announced to People Magazine (via a Cover Story) in 2006 that yes, he is gay. So what?

    May 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    I love listening to NPH sing. He has a great voice and in the duet of dream on he gave me chills when he hit those high notes!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Holly Golightly

    Neil actually is gay, just fyi "Julie"...last night's show was beyond Great!!! Fantastic duets on "Dream On" and "I Dreamed A Dream", which is one of my fave songs!!! I love this show!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Julie

    neil isn't gay don't listen to these jerks hes working with a guy helping him out in a show thats not gay u stupid dumb idiots.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Diana M. Galarza

    I saw last nights show. It was great. The duet was fantastic. The
    song brought back memories. Diana from Puerto Rico

    May 19, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. maddy

    I love Neil in HIMYM, and I know that I'm going to love him in Glee!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Head Diva In Charge

    I can't wait for NPH tonight on "Glee", it's going to be a great match, I am sure of it.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Baba Doodlius

    NPH was great in the "Harold and Kumar" movies. And "Starship Troopers", but that goes without saying.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    No matter what some would call him, I call him a GREAT actor and I will continue to watch him. I agree with what LJ said "Neil Patrick Harris rocks"!

    May 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Olikatz

    Yes, he is. So what?

    May 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jake

    neil is gay

    May 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bigbill427

    I bet he did, bend over Doogie Baby..

    May 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. millie

    Neil is cute. Joss Whedon really rocks! Iloved Buffy. And miss her.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LJ

    Neil Patrick Harris rocks!

    May 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |

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