I have made no secret of my love for Neil Patrick Harris as I applaud both his self-lampooning in the “Harold & Kumar” movies as well as his stellar work on the fantastic comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother”. After last year’s disasterous quintet of reality show hosts presenting the Emmy awards, CBS has tapped one of its biggest stars, Harris, to follow up his well-received stint hosting the Tonys by hosting television’s congratulatory wankfest. It may also be odd because Harris is almost guaranteed to grab yet another Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nomination for his work on “HIMYM”. Of course, there won’t be the awkwardness of him winning because why do that when you can just give it to Jeremy Piven again (for those keeping count, Piven has won the award three years in a row for playing Ari Gold which doesn’t speak as much to Piven’s performance as it does to the fact that most Emmy voters probably just Xerox their ballots).
While the Emmys will undoubtedly be an exercise in frustration from the moment the nominees are announced (prepare to tear your hair out this year on July 17th), at least it will have a strong anchor with Harris and a strong host (see Conan O’Brien) can make the evening far less grueling when you realize you’re watching a four-hour repeat. Look forward to this year when shows like “The Shield”, “Burn Notice”, and “Battlestar Galactica” are neglected once again in favor of completely forgettable work from shows like “Entourage”, “Boston Legal”, and automatic nominations for anything HBO does.
This year’s Emmys airs on September 20th. If it weren’t for the NPH, you could almost feel the lack of excitement.