Neil Patrick Harris will host a new NBC variety show, adapted from the ITV program Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. The untitled series will be shot in front of a live audience and feature “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.” NBC has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America. The network has not scheduled a premiere date—I would be surprised to see it on Saturdays unless NBC is planning an aggressive programming move.
Harris is the best chance to revive the classic television format for a modern era. The versatile actor will next show off his hosting talents at the 2015 Academy Awards. Hit the jump for the press release.