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NPH TO REVIVE THE VARIETY SHOW ON NBC

October 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC has signed Neil Patrick Harris to host a U.S. version of the ITV variety show Saturday Night Takeaway. The show will reportedly be renamed, and it will not air on Saturday night — which has become a dead night for virtually every type of traditional entertainment show in the U.S. (Sports specials still draw big audiences on that night.) New York magazine, which first reported on plans for the show on its Vulture.com website, commented, "The Neil Patrick Harris variety show for which Americans have hoped and prayed is finally happening." Harris told the magazine that he had watched several episodes of the show, which combines comedy sketches, musical numbers, games, phone-in competitions, hidden-camera pranks and celebrity appearances. "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," Harris said in a statement. "Nothing like this has been done before, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun."