High Five to CBS: Barney Does Tony

May 14, 2009  •  Post A Comment

This year’s Tony Awards could be legend….wait for it….
Neil Patrick Harris
OK, never mind. But the good news is: CBS has snagged multitalented “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris to host the 63rd annual Tony Awards. The show is June 7.
I had figured—perhaps, “hoped” is a better word—NPH’s gig hosting the TV Land Awards a few weeks ago was a test run for a bigger stage. By all accounts, Harris did great, clearing the way for his Tony triumph.
Harris also killed as host of “Saturday Night Live” earlier this season. True triple threat, he.
If my master plan for Harris unfolds as I envision it, look for “The Neil Patrick Harris Variety Hour” to be announced within the next six months. In-between, I’ve got the fingers crossed for NPH to fill-in for the pregnant Julie Chen on “Big Brother” this summer, assuming the Chenbot needs relief as her due date looms.
A few more details on the hiring over here at TVWeek.com.


  1. There is nothing NPH can’t do. I saw him host the Ovation Awards — L.A.’s stage awards — which is a show that goes on and on and on and on… and he never flagged, never let the energy die, never let it get too dull. How does he do it? He is just pure AWESOME, that’s how!

  2. NPH also has several Broadway credits, including CABARET, and was in the West Coast premiere of RENT. He has cred in the community and is a great choice to host.

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