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Neil Patrick Harris wants to be on 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' (Updated)

Neil Patrick Harris is a man of many talents and many more projects. But after rumors spread that Harris could potentially take over David Letterman’s The Late Showwhich Harris shot down—he revealed another project he’d be more interested in.

Harris stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) and talked to Mario Correa about his love of variety shows, freak shows, and therefore, the upcoming American Horror Story: Freak Show. In the clip, Harris confesses that he actually wrote co-creator Ryan Murphy a letter asking to be on the new show, because that’s how much he loves the series (and freaks). Sadly, Murphy hasn’t responded.

UPDATE: Ryan Murphy responded to Harris on Twitter, claiming that there is a role available if Harris wants it.

'How I Met Your Mother': Neil Patrick Harris will raise a glass for the finale

As history’s longest family meeting draws to an end, and Josh Radnor begins his final transformation into Bob Saget, the cast of How I Met Your Mother is preparing for their ninth and last season to draw to a close Monday night with the airing of the show’s series finale. For his part, Neil Patrick Harris plans to raise a toast to the sitcom and the character he played in more than 200 episodes.

“I’ll be doing a preview performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch [on Broadway], so I think I’ll be probably watching it with my feet in an ice bath,” the actor told EW. “But I’ll definitely have at least a couple fingers of scotch in my hand to see Mr. Barney Stinson and the gang off.”

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'How I Met Your Mother' releases photos from new episodes -- PHOTOS

Fans may not know much about afterwards, but it appears Barney and Robin do in fact make it to the altar.

CBS has released a few photos from the March 24 episode, and one of the photos shows Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) all dressed up at the altar. (And doesn’t Robin look pretty?) The official episode description for “The End of the Aisle”: “With only a half-hour to go, both Barney and Robin have panic attacks about their upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily rewrite their old wedding vows.” Does this mean we might get a flashback to when Marshall shaved his head?

Other photos give fans a few more clues as to what might be in store for viewers over the last moments of the show — including Patrice as a bridesmaid?! Check them out below: READ FULL STORY

'Billy on the Street': What are Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, and Lindsay Lohan doing on the show?

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Hell hath no fury like a fired-up Billy Eichner. The 35-year-old comedian returns tonight for a third season of Fuse’s fun-and-frenetic game show from Funny or Die Billy on the Street, in which he tests New Yorkers’ pop culture knowledge at a turbo pace and very loud volume. What kind of manic antics can you expect to see from Eichner, who also guest-stars as the easily enraged Craig on Parks and Recreation? Below, he gives EW 11 teases for the upcoming 10 episodes, which air Wednesdays at 11 p.m. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' cast headed to 'Inside the Actors Studio' -- VIDEO

Here’s one interview that’s sure to be legendary.

The cast of How I Met Your Mother — Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, and Cobie Smulders — will appear on Inside the Actors Studio later this month. The group interview, hosted by James Lipton,  is part of the lead-up to the finale of the long-running sitcom, which makes its exit Mar. 31.

Bravo has released a few excerpts from the taping, including Radnor explaining what he likes best about the comedy: “I’ve always loved [that] it’s not a cynical show,” he explained. “It’s a show that lets people love each other, and express that love. The whole point of the show is about love and the search for love…and it’s also about family…a kind of modern family.”

No word on whether the cast shares any insight about any of the recent ending rumors that have flooded the Internet.

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'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' sequel 'will exist'

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a very unique case that’s unlike other the shows in Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue, which explores the odds of fan-favorite shows returning.

For starters, Dr. Horrible was not a TV show (though its 42-minute length is nearly the same as one episode of broadcast television). For secondsies, Dr. Horrible wasn’t canceled — it was created as a stand-alone story. In fact, the story’s ending is satisfying and fitting, unlike the frustrating conclusions of many axed shows on our list (like Firefly). Thirdsly, there’s no huge impediment to actually doing a sequel — the actors are willing, and nobody has to convince a major media company to bankroll millions into the project.

For the few who are unfamiliar: Dr. Horrible was a 2008 family affair from co-creators Joss, Jed, and Zack Whedon, along with Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen. It was a low-budget three-part tragicomedy web musical that on paper should never have been successful but has clocked more than 50 million views and inspired a rabid fanbase despite breaking rules for online success that at the time hadn’t even been written yet. The charmingly quotable story spoofed superhero worship by championing a wannabe villain (Neil Patrick Harris) fighting to win his true love (Felicia Day) from a jerkwad hero (Nathan Fillion).

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Neil Patrick Harris and producers talk Tonys opening number

The musical number is a tried-and-true awards show opener. But last June, it got taken to new heights when viewers were treated to one of the most elaborate, thrilling, and catchy performances of all when Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony Awards for the fourth time.

The “Bigger” number celebrated the best of Broadway and had audiences both at home and in the theater on their feet by the end of the seven-and-a-half-minute performance. (Just check out Debra Messing’s reaction shot to sum up most people’s feelings about the song). With all the songs, magic tricks and cameos the song would have been impressive regardless, but the fact that the number went live after only getting to run it fully through a few times makes it worthy of a standing ovation.

“That’s what makes the Tonys so invigorating,” Harris tells EW. “With almost no rehearsal you’re counting on people to execute well. But these are people who execute well every single night. So they’re used to that kind of pressure and they thrive on it.”

In separate conversations, Harris, as well as Tonys telecast executive producer Ricky Kirshner and Tonys telecast director/executive producer Glenn Weiss, walked EW through what happens when you sketch out a number via Facetime, put each part together separately, and only get a few precious moments to run it all together before curtain.

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage.

As told by: Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Kirshner, and Glenn Weiss READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' stars recall the time they rhymed all their lines: A 'Bedtime Stories' preview

The ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother has been all about stretching the sitcom limits: All 24 episodes take place over the course of one wedding weekend, and in another narrative twist, Monday night’s half-hour (8 p.m. ET on CBS) will play out entirely in rhyme.

Last week, EW was on the set of the show’s 200th episode — premiering at the end of January — and we had to ask a few questions about the clever concept. So far, we know that the episode (titled “Bedtime Stories”) has Marshall (Jason Segel) trying to get baby Marvin to sleep with some very personal nursery rhymes.

“The structure of the flashbacks are that Marshall is recounting crazy things that happened to each one of us,” Neil Patrick Harris told EW on set, adding that two of the three acts involve Barney and his fiancée Robin (Cobie Smulders). “There’s a great adventure that Robin tells about this crazy night where she had superhuman powers, and then Barney recounts this dream tale of how he is the ultimate player in New York City.”
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'HIMYM' season premiere: Could Barney and Robin be ... related? -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Could Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) be just a little too perfect for each other? Like sharing DNA too perfect? The happy couple is in the thick of wedding preparations in the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother, and as they head out to Farhampton for the big day, they discover something else they might have in common.

But the scare is totally worth it for Barney’s brilliant Game of Thrones shout out. Check out the exclusive clip below to find out which shady character he references in the back of the car.
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No big opening number at this year's Emmys -- and more hints from Neil Patrick Harris

Second-time Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris isn’t just an actor, singer, dancer, director, writer, child stardom survivor, evil genius, amateur puppeteer, and magic enthusiast — he’s also a seasoned awards show producer with three Tony telecasts and the 2009 Emmys already under his belt.

Accordingly, Harris has been actively involved with every aspect of TV’s upcoming big night. “I become very, very particular [about] even an errant comma or a misplaced inflection,” Harris explained to EW during a recent chat. “Not only the things that I say, but the presenters’ dialogue as well.” At least the three-time Emmy winner won’t have to worry about contingency plans this time around; though Harris is up for an award this year (for Special Class Programs), it’s not a prize that will be handed out on air. (In 2009, the host lost Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Series to Jon Cryer, then interviewed his rival from his podium.)

Will the How I Met Your Mother star’s micromanaging help him strike hosting gold again? We won’t know until 65th Emmy Awards air on CBS Sept. 22 — though Harris did give a few more hints about we can expect at this year’s show. Think less Miley, more magic.

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John Lithgow back as Barney's dad on 'How I Met Your Mother'

It’s wedding time for Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders), so it’s hardly surprising that the groom’s father will be in attendance. John Lithgow is returning to How I Met Your Mother as Barney’s father for an episode during the upcoming season, EW has confirmed.

Lithgow appeared in two previous episodes as Barney’s father, Jerry Whitaker.  The wedding is drawing a number of  guest stars to the table, including returning guest star Wayne Brady as well as Sherri Shepherd and Ellie Kemper.

How I Met Your Mother returns to CBS for its ninth and final season on Sept. 23.
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'How I Met Your Mother' stars tear up at Comic-Con over final season -- VIDEO

We didn’t mean to make them cry!

The How I Met Your Mother cast — Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, and Jason Segel — sat down with EW’s Laura Hertzfeld at Comic-Con, and what started as a lighthearted interview (“Kiefer Sutherland is the mom!”) turned emotional when we asked what the actors will miss most after their ninth and final season.

See the clearly tight-knit cast (the five of them even shared one couch that would barely fit Segel by himself) open up in the video below:
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'How I Met Your Mother' at Comic-Con: 'Let's Go to the Mall' sing-along and 'the highest of fives'

The Project: CBS’ How I Met Your Mother

The Panel: Neil Patrick Harris (Barney), Cobie Smulders (Robin), Josh Radnor (Ted), Jason Segel (Marshall), Alyson Hannigan (Lily), Carter Bays (co-creator and executive producer), Craig Thomas (co-creator and executive producer), Pam Fryman (director and executive producer), and EW’s own Sandra Gonzalez moderating

Footage Screened: No season 9 sneak peeks, but the intro video showed Ted’s exasperated kids (Lyndsey Fonseca and David Henrie) at the end of their rope after eight years of listening to the world’s longest stream-of-consciousness story. Watch the “kids” (who are now twentysomethings) go on an F-bomb-riddled rant below:
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