As if hosting this year’s Oscar’s wasn’t enough excitement!
Neil Patrick Harris, one of America’s favorite actors and song and dance men, is getting his own variety show for NBC. The network has confirmed that the How I Met Your Mother star will host a series based on the British show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
The network has ordered 10 episodes, which will be filmed in front of a live audience and filled with “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars,” as stated in a press release.
The Gone Girl actor is a big fan of the original British program. “As I watched the show, I couldn’t stop smiling. Now that I’ve seen many seasons, my face hurts. It’s a game changer,” Harris said in a statement. “Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!”
NBC experimented with a variety show revival earlier this year when it aired a single episode of The Maya Rudolph Show. But that show’s future remains uncertain.
This is definitely the perfect gig for NPH. He has long expressed his desire to do a variety show, a medium which is the ideal format for his many talents. In addition to signing, dancing, and comedy, he is also a highly skilled magician! While visiting Howard Stern in May, this year’s Best Actor in a Musical Tony winner for Hedwig and the Angry Inch brought up the variety show concept when asked why he didn’t want to take over The Late Show from David Letterman.
The new show will likely be based in New York, as Harris recently moved there with his family after the end of How I Met Your Mother. Harris and his husband, David Burtka, have 4-year old twins, son Gideon Scott and daughter Harper Grace. The men were married September 6 of this year.
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The world has been given ample opportunity to see Harris’s talents. In addition to starring on HIMYM and in Hedwig, he had the incredible platform for his skills of hosting the Tony Awards in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, for which he won several special class Emmy Awards. Harris also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2013. Now that Harris is hosting the 87th Academy Awards in 2015, he is only one Grammys hosting gig away from being the first ever EGOT host (hosted all four programs). The only two people who have come close are Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg, with Ellen missing a Tony show and Whoopi missing the Grammys.
Harris became a household name this century thanks to his starring role as Barney Stinson on the long-running CBS series (starting in 2005). He first burst onto the scene as a kid in 1989 as the title role in ABC’s Doogie Howser, M.D. The show ran until 1993 and Harris was M.I.A. for awhile afterwards. But once back, he has become one of our favorite entertainers. There is nothing not to like about him! His variety program is most likely going to fantastic and will be a hit no matter what.
Here are some clips of Harris and his many talents. His awesome Glee duet is one of my favorites duets from the show (he was on for a few episodes in 2010).
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