U.S. broadcaster NBC has commissioned ITV Studios America to remake UK variety show format Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, with actor Neil Patrick Harris (pictured) signing on as host.
The network has ordered 10 x 60-minute episodes from ITV Studios America, all of which will be filmed in front of a live audience. Neither an official title nor an air date have been set yet.
The variety series format features comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities, and appearances by stars.
The news comes after Harris (Gone Girl, How I Met Your Mother), a five-time Emmy Award winner, was recently named as the host of the 2015 Academy Awards.
“All of us here at NBC have been dying to work with Neil, as we’ve watched him brilliantly host the Tonys and Emmys,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment’s president of alternative and late night programming. “This series will suit his extraordinary talents perfectly. He is a versatile and thrilling talent for us to welcome into the NBC family.”
Harris added: “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.”
Harris, Orly Adelson, Siobhan Greene and UK hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly serve as exec producers. The deal was brokered by CAA and WME.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment handles international distribution for the format.