Neil Patrick Harris to Host His Own NBC Variety Show

Neil Patrick Harris Variety Show NBC

Neil Patrick Harris and NBC are finalizing a deal for the How I Met Your Mother star to host his own variety show on NBC, TVLine has confirmed.

The series, which consists of 10 hour-long episodes, will be an American adaptation of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, a U.K. variety program produced by ITV.

NBC on Monday announced that the show will include “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.”

The Peacock Net has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America, all of which will be filmed in front of a live audience. Title and premiere date are yet to be determined.

The variety show reportedly was courted by several networks and likely will shoot in New York City, where Harris is based.

For years, the actor has spoken freely about wanting to do an Ed Sullivan-style broadcast on a major network; he told Howard Stern in May that he and CBS chief Les Moonves had discussed the possibility of such a show.

The format is a natural fit for Harris, who has a background in musicals and live theater and who has hosted the Tony Awards and the Emmys multiple times. His next gig, announced earlier this month, will be emceeing the 2015 Academy Awards.

NBC tried out a variety show hosted by SNL alum Maya Rudolph in May; that premiered to an audience of 7.2 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating.

Will you tune in for an NPH variety hour? Sound off in the comments!

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20 Comments
  1. Tran says:

    First NPH is hosting the Oscars and now a variety show on NBC? That’s some strange news or not.

  2. Luis says:

    Its hard to say whether network TV can still do a variety show, but as with everything, I wish NPH the best of luck

  3. Liz says:

    Yes yes! Bring back the variety hour! This guy can do it

  4. Mare says:

    Neil Patrick Harris can do no wrong!
    He can sing, he can dance, he can act, he and his husband are adorable and so are their kids lol.
    I would so be down to watching his variety show!

  5. Steven says:

    Sounds like bad news for Maya Rudolph’s variety show. Which is too bad because it was really good.

  6. Tony Lang says:

    If anyone can bring back the format, it’s NPH!

  7. Et al says:

    If anyone can bring back the variety show, he can. I’ll be sure to give it a shot.

  8. jason says:

    so is NBC gonna pick up the Maya Rudolph show? 7.2 is good for NBC..

  9. jax says:

    Excellent News! More NPH on TV is always a good thing!

  10. JEF says:

    A guaranteed fail, I believe.

  11. Clifford Chan says:

    Neil is great at hosting the TONYs and was incredible as Hedwig , which I’ve seen twice on Broadway. Yeah, I’ll be watching for sure!

  12. DF12398 says:

    don’t mean to bash NPH because I do think he’s extremely talented, i’m just getting an NPH overdose because he’s everywhere. i think it’s a little too much

  13. Ellie says:

    I LOVE this news!!!

  14. Joey Padron says:

    Good news! Happy he’ll be back on TV again!

  15. Charissa29 says:

    I would watch that!

  16. Mary says:

    I love NPH but to be honest I am not sure about a variety show. I will give it a shot but not very optimistic about it.

  17. Melinda says:

    Absolutely.

  18. j says:

    Sounds like he’s going to do a night time version of The Ellen Show.