You’re going to see a lot of Neil Patrick Harris on the trophy-show circuit.
CBS announced Wednesday it had tapped its Monday comedy star to host the Primetime Emmy Awards in September.
It’s CBS’s turn to host that trophy show, which the major English-language broadcast networks take turns broadcasting. Last year, when it was ABC’s turn, Jimmy Kimmel hosted.
Harris is also hosting CBS’s broadcast of the 67th annual Tony Awards, on June 9.
“I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting this year's Emmy Awards,” Harris said in Wednesday’s announcement. “And what perfect timing — I'll just do the exact same script I'm about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to ‘Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.”
Harris is better at hosting live trophy shows than most, and has gotten mostly rave reviews over the years for his work in that capacity.
He hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards last time CBS aired it, in 2009. And, he previously hosted the 63rd, 65th, and 66th annual Tony Awards. Heck, he won two Emmys — for hosting the Tonys (’09 and ’11).
The only reason Harris hasn’t hosted the Academy Awards is because that trophy show airs annually on ABC and “How I Met Your Mother” is produced at Twentieth Century Fox, not ABC-parent Disney, so ABC has no incentive to showcase him on the mother of all trophy shows. Same holds true for the Golden Globe Awards, on which NBC has a broadcast lock.
“Neil is the quintessential host — engaging, entertaining, and a true showman — with a passion for celebrating the medium we all love,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said in Wednesday’s news.
Not coincidentally, “How I Met Your Mother” begins its final season on CBS in the fall, kicking off the network’s much-changed Monday lineup that will also include the launch of new comedies “We Are Men,” and “Mom” and the serialized drama “Hostages.”
CBS understandably wants to drive as many viewers to “HIMYM” at 8 on Mondays this coming season. One easy way to help that along is to have Harris host as many trophy shows as possible. And this September, CBS will broadast the Primetime Emmy Awards the night before CBS’s final season debut of “HIMYM.”