Telecast to air on Sept. 20 on CBS

It’s official: Neil Patrick Harris will host the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be telecast live Sept. 20 on CBS.

The “How I Met Your Mother” thesp was the front-runner for the gig after his well-received turn as host of CBS’ Tony Awards telecast last month (Daily Variety, July 2).

“Neil is charming, funny, quick on his feet and very likeable,” said Emmycast exec producer Don Mischer.

Harris, who has earned two consecutive noms for comedy supporting actor for his role on the CBS sitcom, will also serve as a producer on the broadcast — indicating that some of the “Mother” scribes may be recruited to work on the telecast. The Emmycast will air a night before the sitcom’s fifth season preem in the 8 p.m. slot.

Harris quipped that he’s “looking forward to the challenge of the show — adding my own voice to it, while honoring the nominees and the entire year in television. But which voice to choose? I’m torn between gangsta, foppish Brit, and robot. Really proud of my robot. We’ll see what happens on the night.”

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