Neil Patrick Harris to Host Emmys

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It should be a "legendary" Emmycast.

Thesp Neil Patrick Harris is in the midst of cutting a deal with CBS and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to host the 61st annual kudos on Sept. 20. Insiders cautioned that the deal is not yet completed, but all sides are working toward setting Harris as this year's Emmycast frontman as soon as possible.

A CBS rep declined comment late Wednesday.
The How I Met Your Mother star (whose character, Barney Stinson, is known for his liberal use of superlatives like "legendary" and "awesome") was a no-brainer of a choice for the Eye after he earned rave reviews as host of the June 7 Tony Awards, which also aired live on CBS.

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Cynthia Littleton writes for MCN's sister publication Variety.