The variety show has historically proven a tough sell in recent years, but NBC certainly isn’t giving up, and Neil Patrick Harris might well be the man to make it work. The first promos for NPH’s Best Time Ever have arrived, featuring the likes of HIMYM alum Cobie Smulders, Jane Krakowski, ziplining and much more.

NBC released the first official promos for Harris’ new variety series, airing Tuesdays at 10:00 P.M. beginning September 15. Harris himself describes the show as seven or so concepts rolled into one (always, looking for what sticks, that NBC), as ol’ NPH does everything from prank celebrities, to audience members, and even undertaking a few dangerous stunts.

Apart from some celebrity appearances that include Cobie Smulders pranking a poolboy with the aid of husband Taran Killam, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, The Voice coach Blake Shelton and more, Harris said of the series:

I was drawn to this show because it’s a game-changer. People need a reason to watch TV when the show’s actually happening. You have to see it live, that’s why you want to watch TV, and why you want to watch our show.

Believe it or not, Best Time Ever is even based on the popular British hit Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway as well. You can check out the first promo above, and see if variety makes a comeback on September 15.

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