Next year's Academy Awards has found its host. Variety reports that former Tony and Emmy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris is set to host next year's Oscars on February 22nd. Oscar hosts of the past few years include Billy Crystal, Seth MacFarlane, and Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year.
When several of the best recent hosts joined Neil Patrick Harris during his monologue last night at the Emmys, it was as a reminder that, despite the usual award show grumblings and random musical performances, the producers of the Primetime Emmys have a pretty good track record. They try new things and let the hosts have fun, and for the most part, their network-influence emcees are appropriate and talented (and when they get it very wrong, they course correct). Here's a look back at some of the best openings and monologues from the ceremony's impressive history:
CBS's Late Late Show is doing a post-Super Bowl show after the game on February 3rd, and some big names are set to join host Craig Ferguson for what's being dubbed The Craig Ferguson Super Bowl Special. TV Line reports that the show will be heading to New Orleans, visiting Jackson Square (the Super Bowl location), Bourbon Street, the Tremé District, and other local spots for segments and that Craig Ferguson's guests will be Steve Carell (promoting his movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Neil Patrick Harris, footballer player Drew Brees, Big Brother host Julie Chen, and Twilight actress Nikki Reed. This is Ferguson's second post-Super Bowl special after hosting one when [...]
The Nerdist YouTube network dropped a new web series today. Called "Neil's Puppet Dreams," it stars Neil Patrick Harris and a bunch of puppets. What more do you need than that?
“I’m excited to be writing a book of the observations and stories of my life. I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?”
–Neil Patrick Harris, as quoted in The New York Times about his upcoming memoir, which is set for release in spring of 2014.