As part of its upfront presentation, U.S. broadcast net NBC revealed it has slotted Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris – its version of the UK variety show format Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – for Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
The series, to be produced by ITV Studios, combines comedy sketches, game show and hidden camera prank elements, musical numbers, and appearances from top celebrities. The UK original, hosted by British comedians Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (aka Ant and Dec) has aired on ITV for twelve series since 2002, and recently nabbed the award for best entertainment program at the BAFTA Television Awards in London.
Harris (pictured) has been a longtime fixture on American television, beginning with his stint as a teenage medical prodigy in Doogie Howser on ABC from 1989-1993, and more recently, the comedy How I Met Your Mother on CBS. He has also served as host of the Tony Awards and hosted the 2015 Academy Awards.
On NBC, Tuesdays are also home for top unscripted series The Voice ‘s results show. No premiere date has been announced as of yet for Best Time Ever.