Of course Neil Patrick Harris is coming to American Horror Story, of course, of course. Since wrapping up How I Met Your Mother, NPH has been checking off his career to-do list: Writing a memoir, winning a Tony, taking a key role in Gone Girl, and signing a deal to host the Oscars. So it only makes sense that Harris will kick off 2015 by appearing on American Horror Story: Freak Show, aka American Horror Story: Let’s Just Cast Everybody This Season. READ FULL STORY
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It’s easy to believe that pop culture has the power to change the world, but it’s rare to witness that change in real time. And yet, this year, that’s what happened.
Across the country, our minds were opened to the varied experiences of transgender people by watching television. Laverne Cox—Litchfield’s beloved hairdresser, Sophia, on Orange Is the New Black—endeared herself to both inmates and the Television Academy, becoming the first openly trans actor ever nominated for an Emmy. Then on Amazon, the new drama Transparent, about a transgender woman named Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) and her troubled family, was a hit with viewers and was hailed as one of fall’s best TV shows by many critics (including this writer). On Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris sold out nearly his entire run in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and won a Tony award for starring as the title character, a trans singer in a glam-rock band. These fully formed roles suggested that trans people aren’t heroes or villains. They’re just human.
Update: NBC has confirmed that Harris will indeed be hosting a series based on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, in a press release. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the show, which “will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.” It will be filmed in front of a live audience. “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,” Harris said in a statement. “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!”
Original post: Master host Neil Patrick Harris is getting what seems like the perfect gig: According to Vulture, NBC is enlisting Harris for the U.S. version of the British variety show Saturday Night Takeaway. READ FULL STORY
Barbara Walters may no longer be as ever-present on ABC as she once was, but that hasn’t stopped her from returning with a new list of fascinating people. ABC announced today that Walters will return in December with Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014.
Among those on this year’s list are Chelsea Handler, newly minted Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson, and Oprah Winfrey. The other six figures, who will also be interviewed on the show, are expected to be announced soon.
The special will air on Dec. 14 at 9 p.m.
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 Show—which 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.
@ActuallyNPH of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you’d love.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 18, 2014
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.”
Check out NPH saying farewell at PaleyFest earlier this month below. READ FULL STORY
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
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.
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.
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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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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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