Harris returns to host awards shows

You're going to see a lot of Neil Patrick Harris on the trophy-show circuit.

CBS announced Wednesday that it had tapped its Monday-comedy star to host the Primetime Emmy Awards in September. That's because it's CBS's turn to air the show, which the major English-language broadcast networks take turns broadcasting. Last year, when it was ABC's turn, Jimmy Kimmel hosted.

Harris is also hosting CBS's broadcast of the 67th annual Tony Awards on June 9.

"I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting this year's Emmy Awards," Harris said in Wednesday's announcement. "And what perfect timing - I'll just do the exact same script I'm about to use for the Tonys. 'And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to "Breaking Bad!" 'See, told you it works.'"

Harris is better than most at hosting live trophy shows and has gotten mostly rave reviews over the years for his work.

He hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards last time CBS aired it, in 2009. And he hosted the 63rd, 65th and 66th Tony Awards. Heck, he won two Emmys for hosting the Tonys (2009 and '11).

The only reason that Harris hasn't hosted the Academy Awards is because that show airs annually on ABC, and "How I Met Your Mother" is produced at Twentieth Century Fox, not ABC-parent Disney, so ABC has no incentive to showcase him on the mother of all trophy shows. Same holds true for the Golden Globe Awards, on which NBC has a broadcast lock.

"Neil is the quintessential host - engaging, entertaining and a true showman - with a passion for celebrating the medium we all love," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in Wednesday's announcement.

Not coincidentally, "How I Met Your Mother" begins its final season on CBS in the fall, kicking off the network's much-changed Monday lineup, which will include the launch of the comedies "We Are Men" and "Mom," and the serialized drama "Hostages."

CBS understandably wants to drive as many viewers to "HIMYM" to Mondays-at-8 this coming season. One easy way to help that is to have Harris host as many trophy shows as possible.

CBS will broadcast the Primetime Emmy Awards the night before CBS's final season debut of "HIMYM."


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