It seems like a no-brainer, but one of the broadcast networks has given Neil Patrick Harris his own variety show. Deadline.com reports that Harris, who is set to host the upcoming Oscars ceremony, is developing a show for NBC, based on the popular U.K. show “Saturday Night Takeaway.”
The network has given a 10-episode order for the program, which will air live from New York City. It’s a project that Harris has had his eye on for a while, with the actor telling Howard Stern in May that CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves had turned down his idea of doing a late-night show, the story notes. He said he wanted to do “an Ed Sullivan-y kind of show.”
The NBC show, which doesn’t yet have a name, will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, hidden camera pranks, visits from “A-list stars” and mini game shows, the story notes.
“All of us here at NBC have been dying to work with Neil, as we’ve watched him brilliantly host the Tonys and Emmys,” NBC alternative programming President Paul Telegdy said in today’s announcement. “This series will suit his extraordinary talents perfectly. He is a versatile and thrilling talent for us to welcome into the NBC family.”
Here’s a taste of Harris at work, hosting the 2011 Tonys: