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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards again. (Matt Sayles - AP)
Neil Patrick Harris will return for a second time to host the Tony Awards on June 12, CBS announced Tuesday.

The actor, star of the network’s sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” hosted the show in 2009.

In addition to officially confirming NPH’s role — his name has been rumored for days — the network confirmed several dates for summer programming. Among the highlights:

* “Big Brother,” in which another group of attention-starved people moves into a house together for the summer, premieres Thursday, July 7.

* “Same Name,” a new reality series that swaps the lives of celebs and everyday people with — you guessed it — the same name, kicks off Sunday, July 24.

* Wayne Brady of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” fame will host the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 19.

Here’s a look at NPH hosting the 2009 Tony Awards:

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