Update: Neil Patrick Harris Nearing NBC Variety Series ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’
UPDATE – 6:15 P.M.- It's official! NBC has confirmed a 10-episode order for the series remake, which will feature “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.”
With filming to take place in front of a live audience, Harris offered his own quote:
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. 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!
Original story follows:
Long before Stephen Colbert and James Corden settled into their new CBS late-night homes, Neil Patrick Harris made plenty of headlines in potentially hosting his own variety-type series. And while the 'HIMYM' star has already been confirmed for the 2015 Oscars, Harris may yet host his own NBC variety series, remaking the U.K's 'Saturday Night Takeaway.'
Per Vulture, Harris is reportedly close to a deal to headline a U.S. version of the series, despite multiple networks having bid for the project. Original series producer ITV reportedly mandated a 10-episode order for the series, as well as a $2.5 million pricetag for each episode, independent of marketing and promotion.
This isn't NBC's first attempt in recent years to launch a new variety series outside of 'SNL,' previously seen with Maya Rudolph's short-lived special, though it remains unclear what, if any relationship 'Saturday Night Takeaway' would have with 'SNL.' Harris himself has been vocal for years on the desire to host a potential variety series, though CBS' initial thoughts about slotting the 'Gone Girl' star in for David Letterman proved preliminary at best.
We'll likely hear more about NPH's potential new variety series in the coming weeks, but what do you think? Would you tune in for an American update of 'Saturday Night Takeaway,' or have we reached peak Patrick Harris hosting?