Neil Patrick Harris to Host Variety Show

Photo Credit: David Shankbone
Photo Credit: David Shankbone

Neil Patrick Harris is set to host a Saturday night variety series on NBC.

Based on ITV’s U.K. format, Ant and Dec’ Saturday Night Takaway, the primetime variety series is to feature sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebs and guest appearances.

NBC has fully embraced the new project, ordering 10 episodes from ITV Studios America.

“All of us here at NBC have been dying to work with Neil, as we’ve watched him brilliantly host the Tonys and Emmys,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “This series will suit his extraordinary talents perfectly. He is a versatile and thrilling talent for us to welcome into the NBC family.”

The series, which is to be filmed in front of a live studio audience, will also see Harris exec producing alongside Orly Adelson, Siobhan Greene and U.K. hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

“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. “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!”

No air date has been announced.