Neil Patrick Harris to Host a Weekly Variety Show for NBC


NBC is adding another weekly show called Saturday Night. Vulture reports that the network has teamed up with actor and next year’s Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris to head up an American adaptation of the UK variety show Saturday Night Takeaway that will tape in Harris’s home base of New York City. “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,” said Harris on the news. “Nothing like this has been done before, and it’s unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!”

UPDATE: NBC exec Paul Telegdy told Vulture that Harris’s variety show will not air on Saturdays, and its final title has not yet been determined. The 10-episode debut season is expected to premiere sometime in 2015 and NBC is open to future seasons of the show over 10 episodes, but “probably only a couple more and only once per year.”