According to the Hollywood Reporter, Neil Patrick Harris is to host a US variety show based on the UK ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’.
After the announcement that the star of ‘Gone Girl’ will be hosting the 2015 Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris has accepted the desired and gratifying challenge to host a
still unnamed variety show for NBC.
The show will be an American version of ITV’s ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’, the British television variety show which features games, celebrity guests, sketches and pranks.
The new NBC variety show, while still without a premiere date, will be shot in front of a live studio audience.
The 10 episodes produced by McPartlin, Donnelly and Harris will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and audience interaction, as the original version is, but it won’t air on Saturdays.
“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,” CNN reports.
The UK version was launched in 2002 by producers Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
The original show won the Award for Best Presenters at the National Television Awards, in 2013, and two BAFTA Awards this year for best Entertainment Programme and Entertainment Performance for Ant & Dec’s role in the show.
NBC’s new project hopes to remake UK hit by setting its eyes on the versatile and thrilling talent of Harris.