May 29, 2017

Neil Patrick Harris is the “Hollywood TV Star of the Week”

By Sean O’Connell When news broke that Ashton Kutcher was replacing Charlie Sheen on the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” one of the first reactions I eagerly anticipated was Neil Patrick Harris.

But why? Harris has nothing to do with “Two,” and even less to do with Sheen (as far as we know). But Harris has, in fact, become an influential celebrity Tweeter, commenting, critiquing, and even assisting in ways social media mavens can only dream. Oh, and as for his Kutcher comment, NPH tweeted, “Ashton’s replacing Charlie? Good times! CBS shindigs just got much easier on the eyes.”

Ah yes, CBS. Home of Harris’ hit sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” which concludes its sixth season as it sets the stage for seasons seven and eight (which could be the show’s last). In Harris’ hands, Barney has gone from womanizer to legitimate character, even carrying an emotional arc this season that found Barney meeting his father (John Lithgow). Once the slinger of punchlines, Barney is now an integral part of the “HIMYM” family, in no small part due to Harris’ acting talents.

But that’s not all he’s capable of. Harris made a memorable stop on “Glee.” And he remains a terrific host of live events, which is why he has been asked to return as host of the 2011 Tony Awards, which will be televised live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City on June 12.

Harris was so good at the Tonys, he was asked to open the 2009 Emmys, and once was considered the perfect host for the Academy Awards/ Here’s his opening number from the 2009 Emmy ceremony.

If the TV screen had an idol – and no, not an “American Idol” – it would be Neil Patrick Harris, which is why we are very proud to announce that he has been named the “Hollywood TV Star of the Week.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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