Neil Patrick Harris Is Bringing Variety (Show) to NBC!
There was How I Met Your Mother. Then Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Even hosting gigs on Emmys and Tonys stages, with an Oscars debut just months away. Now, America’s favorite all-around performer, Neil Patrick Harris, is readying for an even bigger stage: his own late-night variety show on NBC.
The Peacock confirmed that Harris will helm a stateside edition of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, a U.K. variety show that’s been on-air since 2002. The realization comes three years after Harris told Craig Ferguson that he wanted to “do an Ed Sullivan–y kind of show,” and is a move executive Paul Telegdy says is true to NBC’s DNA.
Harris’ hourlong version won’t bear the same name as its British counterpart, and is likely to be filmed in his native New York. Most of all, it’ll be the perfect platform to showcase his many talents.
“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,” he told Vultureof the project, which will premiere in 2015. “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!”
Harris’ variety show conquest shouldn’t come as a surprise. When Jay Leno announced his departure from late night, some pitted Harris against candidates, including current host Jimmy Fallon, to succeed the The Tonight Show throne. He, however, told Howard Stern that a weekly show suited his tastes more.
“I think if it’s weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there’s a lot of really great s__t on there, then you’re gonna get the guests to want to come on there,” he said.
Looks like he—and his fans!—got their wish.