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Neil Patrick Harris to host variety show on NBC

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(NBC) You're about to see even more of Neil Patrick Harris. The "Gone Girl" star and newly announced Academy Awards host will host a new hourlong variety show on NBC. No title or air date for the new show has been announced, but it will include comedy skits, musical numbers, mini-game shows, hidden camera pranks and more. It's based on a popular U.K. Show, "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway," which is hosted by British comedy duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

"As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling," Harris said of the British program. "Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game-changer. 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!"

All of us here at NBC have been dying to work with Neil, as we've watched him brilliantly host the Tonys and Emmys,” Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment president for alternative and late-night programming, said in a statement. “This series will suit his extraordinary talents perfectly.”

"Saturday Night Takeaway" has been a hit in Britain, where it has aired since 2002. The format is also popular in Germany, Italy and Belgium, said Paul Buccieri, chairman of ITV Studios U.S. Group and Global Entertainment.

"We are delighted that its expansion to the U.S. includes the multi-talented star Neil Patrick Harris," Buccieri said.

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