NBC Cancels ‘Best Time Ever’ But Stays In Business with Neil Patrick Harris (EXCLUSIVE)

NBC Cancels 'Best Time Ever' But
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NBC and Neil Patrick Harris have pulled the plug on “Best Time Ever,” the ambitious live variety show hosted by Harris. But the network and Harris are committed to working together on new projects through NBC’s deal with Harris’ Prediction Productions.

“Best Time Ever” came to NBC with much fanfare in the fall. It was based on the long-running U.K. series “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” and was part of NBC’s push to add must-see live TV to its schedule.

As with the original ITV series, the hourlong “Best Time Ever” served up a raucous mix of stunts, taped segments featuring Harris pulling pranks on everyday people, and celebrity guest appearances. But the series never quite gelled for NBC over its eight-episode run that began Sept. 15. The live format made it an expensive undertaking for the network and an exhausting regimen for Harris.

NBC execs and Harris gave considerable thought to bringing “Best Time Ever” back with major changes to the format but ultimately both camps decided it made more sense to start from scratch with a new project. With the benefit of “The Voice” lead-in for most airings, the show delivered a respectable 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings.

“We are extremely proud of the work Neil and the producers did on ‘Best Time Ever,’ ” Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of late-night and alternative programming, told Variety. “People rewarded us for taking the risk of trying something different. It was an incredibly complicated and sophisticated form of television to put on a live show on a weekly basis. We’re proud of Neil for giving it his all and we have steely resolve to work together on something new.”

“Best Time Ever” was produced by ITV America. Siobhan Greene, showrunner of the U.K. series, temporarily relocated to the U.S. to steer the production based out of New York City.

NBC and Harris have not settled on a firm idea for the next project, which could be scripted or unscripted. Harris and the heads of his production banner — Shea Martin and Zoe Chapin — are expected to convene with NBC brass in the new year.


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  1. Karen A Bauer says:

    you could tell it was hard work but I can tell you it was one of the best shows out there felt like Good Old Time Entertainment instead of half the crap that’s on

  2. Dave says:

    Why not make another U.S. version of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway?
    Just call it “Saturday Night Takeaway”, “Sunday Night Takeaway”, “Monday Night Takeaway”,
    “Tuesday Night Takeaway”, “Wednesday Night Takeaway”, “Thursday Night Takeaway” or “Friday Night Takeaway”.

  3. Mary says:

    Boo! Love Neil Patrick Harris and the show

  4. LKrauss says:

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for the return of this show! Finally an original, entertaining show on television and they pulled the plug?!? Do the execs really not care what people want? Boggles the mind.

  5. ggbebe says:

    I love this show, so sad it’s cancelled just after 8 episodes.

  6. Chitra sethi says:

    It’s really sad to see the show won’t have another season. We absolutely loved it as a family. My kids are most disappointed! We watch it all the way from India

  7. Marie says:

    They cancelled it already? Wow.

  8. Heather says:

    Anything with NPH in it,
    i’ll watch.
    Love that guy

  9. demoncat4 says:

    the show was really too much for nbc and also nph to try and keep that type of pace of it up. hope what ever they do next is not so wild and neil is not winding up taxed almost to his performing limits

  10. Danica says:

    How upsetting! Neil Patrick Harris was the most talented host on television. He could sing, dance, and act, while being quick witted, funny, and able to roll with the punches on a live show. My friends and I would get together to watch the show, and the stunts and surprises always kept us on the edge of our seats. There wasn’t a single episode where we didn’t exclaim our shock out loud! So incredibly sad to hear it won’t be renewed, but at least NPH’s varied talent has been realized and they can create something else to utilize his skills. Still, those eight episodes will go down in history!

  11. Arla Patten says:

    Ahhh I was looking forward to season 2… It was such a fun show! I love NPH and little guy too!

  12. Jacques Strappe says:

    Pretty awful show which will soon be forgotten.

  13. cadavra says:

    Here’s an idea: Call Tony Shalhoub and bring back STARK RAVING MAD. Now that was a terrific show, snuffed out way too early.

  14. swtwtrgin says:

    I am very happy to hear they are working on something new. I adore NPH and loved the show!

  15. Comma Si says:

    Very glad to see this dreadful show, and the vastly overrated NPH off the air for awhile.

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