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Neil Patrick Harris Adds Emmys To Hosting Tonys, Why Not Oscars? UPDATE

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2013 at 2:59PM

Why fix something that isn't broken? Musically gifted TV star Neil Patrick Harris is not only returning for a fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, to air June 9 on CBS, but will also host the Emmys for the network on September 22. Harris hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the 2009 Emmys, which is the last time they were broadcast on CBS. it doesn't hurt that the final-season premiere of Harris's show “How I Met Your Mother" is the night after the awards show.
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Neil Patrick Harris at the Tony Awards
Neil Patrick Harris at the Tony Awards

Why fix something that isn't broken? Musically gifted TV star Neil Patrick Harris is not only returning for a fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, to air June 9 on CBS, but will also host the Emmys for the network on September 22. Harris hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the 2009 Emmys, which is the last time they were broadcast on CBS. it doesn't hurt that the final-season premiere of Harris's show “How I Met Your Mother" is the night after the awards show.

Ken Ehrlich will exec produce The Emmys for CBS.

EARLIER: Rest assured," promised Harris of his Tony stint. "The show will rock!”

Longtime executive producers of the Tonys, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, will return as well. The Tonys welcome Harris as one of their own, because while the "Doogie Howser" and “How I Met Your Mother” veteran is a well-known TV star, he has appeared on Broadway in “Assassins,” “Proof” and “Cabaret" as well as the 2011 New York Philharmonic presentation of “Company,” and has directed such L.A. stage productions as “Rent” and “Nothing to Hide.”

Fellow musical veteran Hugh Jackman has hosted the Tonys three times, as well as the Oscars, a goal that still eludes the TV star.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.