Neil Patrick Harris Gets a Title for His NBC Variety Show
Neil Patrick Harris is headed to NBC, making him practically the king of all major broadcast networks, from his stint hosting the Oscars on ABC, his previous stints hosting the Tonys on CBS (in addition to nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother), and his upcoming variety show for the “peacock network” (not enough writers in the trade papers call it that anymore, sadly).
While the variety show doesn’t have a concrete premiere date, it does have a title that has officially been announced: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.
The weekly, one-hour variety show, based on British series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, is expected to debut at some point this fall. The show is purportedly going to be a sketch comedy/live music/game show series, which has this sounding a whole lot more like an English-version of Sabado Gigante (which is sadly ending this year), except with a host who’s an all-singing, all-dancing, all-purpose Renaissance Man. Seriously, NPH has an insane amount of talent, and I think he’s the closest the modern era has come to having its own Dean Martin, the sort of funny, cool, collected emcee of ceremonies who exudes class, even when he’s being self-effacing.
Anyway, this show is sounding like a great idea for NBC. And if they do end up bringing back The Maya Rudolph Show for more episodes, I could see NBC making a pretty solid night of sketch comedy out of this, particularly if they pair it with SNL. I mean, maybe it’ll be sketch comedy overkill, but I’d love to see what that programming block would look like, and whether it would cut into Saturday Night Live‘s vibe or enhance it.
Neil Patrick Harris is one of my favorite celebrities, and one of the people whose projects I frequently look forward to, considering how varied his career has been, from sitcoms to hosting duties to dramas (like Gone Girl) and even huge, Tony-winning theater roles. I wish I could have seen him in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, but alas…
Here’s hoping the show delivers at a level that helps the critics forget that he didn’t exactly knock it out of the ballpark at the Oscars (hey, I was a fan, but I get why some were disappointed). Either way, I’ll definitely be watching when Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris premieres this fall.