Neil Patrick Harris will host a new variety series from ITV Studios America on NBC.
According to a NBC press release Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris will host a variety series based on the the U.K. Series Takeaway. NBC ordered 10 episodes and they will all be filmed in front of a live studio audience. The release date and title for the new NBC variety series have yet to be chosen. The NBC press release went on to say:
The new primetime variety series based on the hugely popular U.K. format “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” which was created by ITV Studios, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. The series is an institution in the U.K., winning multiple awards, including two prestigious BAFTA’s in 2014.
NBC’s new variety series will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars, based on ITV’s U.K. format, “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.”
NBC has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America, all of which will be filmed in front of a live audience. Neither an official title nor air date has been set.
“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!”
The series will be produced by ITV Studios America. Neil Patrick Harris, Orly Adelson, Siobhan Greene and U.K. hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will serve as executive producers. The deal was brokered by CAA and WME.
The “Saturday Night Takeaway” format is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
I’m excited to read that Neil Patrick Harris will be back on our TV’s outside of his upcoming job as the host for the 2015 Oscars airing on February 22, 2015 at 7 E | 4 P.
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