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Neil Patrick Harris Secures Status as Go-To Host with The Emmys

By Jac Kern · September 18th, 2013 · Television
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The Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS) celebrate the stars of the small screen and while the spotlight is on the television shows, it’s always telling to see who’s been chosen to host these grand ceremonies.

Neil Patrick Harris will “suit up” (as his TV character Barney Stinson would say) this year to host Sunday’s program, a task he’s certainly prepared for. Harris hosted in the Emmys in 2009 and he’s taken on the duty at the Tony Awards for the past three years and in 2009. He’s pretty much the Ryan Seacrest of awards shows. 

America loves NPH and the choice for him to host isn’t likely to ruffle many feathers. The former Doogie Howser, M.D. portrays everyone’s favorite chauvinist ladies’ man on How I Met Your Mother and has an extensive theater career — he’s set to star in the first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch next year. He sings, dances, acts and makes us laugh — sometimes at his own expense (Harold and Kumar, anyone?) — but don’t expect too much of his signature musical theatrics Sunday, as Harris reportedly wants to differentiate the Emmys from his other recent hosting gig (the Tonys were just last June).

This year marks the first time streaming shows have been nominated for Emmys, marking a shift in the way audiences watch television. Netflix’s House of Cards and Arrested Development both received nods. American Horror Story: Asylum and Game of Thrones lead in number of nominations, 17 and 16 respectively.


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10 p.m., FXX) – Desperate to finally be nominated for Philly’s Best Bar, Paddy’s Pub pulls out all the stops to try and attract customers.

Perhaps they get a Jon Taffer type to “rescue” the bar? (The thought of The Gang storming the office during “Best Of” voting time hits a little too close to home.) The episode is an allegorical nod to Always Sunny’s lack of Emmy nominations.

The League (10:30 p.m., FXX) – Kevin and Jenny are excited to see Jay and Kristen Cutler’s child, “The Cutlet,” who is enrolled in the same preschool as their own, Chalupa Batman. Pete enlists Snoop Lion to lift a heartbroken Andre’s spirits.


Project Runway (9 p.m., Lifetime) – Project Runway super-fans receive makeovers and one-of-a-kind outfits by the designers. Bring the drama, ladies!


Breaking Bad (9 p.m., AMC) – Two episodes left! This one’s title, “Granite State,” references New Hampshire. Fans will recall last summer’s premiere, which opened with an elusive flash-forward scene finding a hairy Walt eating at a Denny’s on his 52nd birthday. Walt’s ID (which showed his last name as “Lambert” — Skyler’s maiden name) and license plate were both from New Hampshire. Perhaps we’ll see another time jump?

Dexter (Series Finale, 9 p.m., Showtime) – Tonight’s the night — to bid Dexter Morgan adieu. Saxon’s on the loose, Deb’s injured but alive and Dexter must find a way out of Miami as a hurricane quickly approaches.

Boardwalk Empire (9 p.m., HBO) – Nucky looks into a land deal in Tampa, Fla., where we meet speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Dr. Narcisse books a sultry Jazz singer — his own daughter — at the Onyx Club. Gillian poses as Roy Phillips’ wife; Willie continues to try and get into “the business”; Harrow struggles with his past.

Ray Donovan (Season Finale, 10 p.m., Showtime) – While Abby and the kids lay low in Malibu, Ray needs to get rid of Sully — with a little help from America’s Most Wanted. Elsewhere, Ray and Avi track down Eddie and get Sully’s money back.


How I Met Your Mother (Season Premiere, 8 p.m., CBS) – After eight seasons of dealing with the insufferable Ted Mosby’s bullshit, it turns out there really is a “mother” (it hasn’t been a cruel trick) and we’ve finally caught a glimpse of her. Now, we’ll learn all about her and how they meet at Robin and Barney’s wedding weekend — the setting for this entire final season.


Sons of Anarchy (10 p.m., FX) – Holy hell! Taking on mass shootings is a ballsy move for a TV show right now, especially when dealing with children. But, considering the context, I think Sons did it well. Jax has blood on his hands like never before and now he has to own up. This week, Jax finds a new alliance for SAMCRO and Clay seeks protection.

CONTACT JAC KERN: jkern@citybeat.com or @jackern



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