Neil Patrick Harris to host NBC’s ‘Genius Junior’ game show: ‘They’re destined to be hilarious’
He’s been the host of the Oscars, the Tonys and the Emmys. Now Neil Patrick Harris is going to host a game show.
Harris will host and executive produce Genius Junior for NBC.
He will juggle the gig with his role as Count Olaf in Netflix’s series adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events which was recently renewed for a second season.
Genius Junior calls for 12 teams of very smart kids to compete over five rounds in a quest to be crowned Genius Junior.
Each team will be comprised of three kids vying for the Genius Junior Grant to help set the stage for their future.
‘I’m thrilled to be part of a project that shines a light on extraordinary children and challenges viewers to exercise their own minds,’ Harris said in a statement.
‘Plus, the contestants are kids, so they’re destined to be hilarious or, you know, snap. Win/win. I kid. #pun.’
Harris previously worked for NBC in 2015 as host of Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.
The live television variety series adaptation of the British variety series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was not renewed for a second season.
‘We are thrilled to have Neil as our host,’ said Paul Telegdy, president of Alternative and Reality Group for NBC Entertainment.
‘His quick wit and charm are perfectly suited to keep up with the unpredictability that is sure to ensue.’