NBC is moving forward with a new TV show from Neil Patrick Harris. The former “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “How I Met Your Mother” star will host and executive produce “Genius Junior,” a game show spotlighting bright kids.
Twelve teams of kids will compete for the title of Genius Junior.
“Over five grueling rounds, teams of three children will have to work together to beat the competition. The winning team will take home the Genius Junior Grant that will set the stage for a big and bright future ahead,” Deadline.com reports.
In a statement, Harris said: “I’m thrilled to be part of a project that shines a light on extraordinary children and challenges viewers to exercise their own minds. NBC is a great home for ‘Genius Junior.’ Plus, the contestants are kids, so they’re destined to be hilarious or, you know, snap. Win/win. I kid. #pun.”
Added Paul Telegdy, president of the Alternative and Reality Group for NBC Entertainment: “Tackling incredibly tough and fast-paced challenges, these amazing child prodigies will leave us entertained and awestruck. We are thrilled to have Neil as our host. His quick wit and charm are perfectly suited to keep up with the unpredictability that is sure to ensue.”