NBC calls for help for its prime-time hours and Neil Patrick Harris answers with a new variety show!
Basing his new show off the popular British show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Harris’ upcoming show “will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.”
Harris had this to say to about the opportunity “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. 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!”
The How I Met Your Mother star will perform in front of a live studio audience and, according to the release, has already had ten episodes ordered by NBC . Though no decisions have been finalized on when it will air, nor what it will be called.
He told Rolling Stone this past May that he wanted to do a weekly variety show . He goes on to say “I’m very keen on it being an Ed Sullivan kind of show. Something that would be more events-driven, with a lot more acts, a totally different structure.”
Harris has also recently announced that he is to host the 2015 Academy Awards. He has previously hosted the Emmy and Tony Awards and won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical this year for his role in the Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”