He's the host with the most... hosting obligations. Neil Patrick Harris, star of CBS's How I Met Your Mother and all-around good guy, has been named host of the 2013 Emmy Awards. This will be Harris's second time hosting TV's coveted shindig, following his 2009 turn when the awards ceremony was last broadcast on CBS.
Harris is best-known for playing Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, but we all grew up with him as Doogie Howser M.D., whiz-kid doctor. A triple-threat in the industry, Harris has been a go-to man for awards-show hosting duties over the last several years. In addition to the 2009 Emmys, he's also hosted the Daytime Emmy Awards (2008) and will host his third consecutive Tony Awards later this year.
I'm not usually one to throw press release quotes in stories like these, but I'll make an exception for NPH: “I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting this year's Emmy Awards,” he said. “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.”
This year's Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 22 and air on CBS.