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Host Harris? Another Reason I Should Run a Network

Right after the Tonys aired in June, I politely suggested that Neil Patrick Harris — who also did a brilliant job emceeing the recent TV Land Awards — was the logical choice to host the Emmys.

I know what you’re thinking: Brian, do you ever get tired of being right? Well, no, but thanks for asking.

As my colleague Cynthia Littleton is reporting, it looks like the “How I Met Your Mother” star does indeed have a date with the Emmys, a savvy move that promotes host Emmy network CBS’ Monday comedy block while bringing a multifaceted talent (go back and watch that terrific closing number at the Tonys) to the hosting role — someone who actually welcomes the pressure associated with a gig that brought five reality stars to their knees.

Now I know what else you’re thinking: There’s nothing more obnoxious than columnists who dislocate a shoulder patting themselves on the back over what they told you (or rather, Toldja!) would happen, and I completely agree. But frankly, that’s child’s play.

From the pundit’s couch that I occupy (and someone should really re-upholster this baby), the real trick is having the insight to anticipate what should happen. You know, like stating outright that ABC should declare an official end date for “Lost” two or three years down the road — under the headline “‘Lost’ needs an exit strategy” — about six weeks before producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse wisely cajoled ABC into doing just that.

Of course, I’ve been wrong a number of times over the years too, but for some reason my Google refuses to dredge any of those up. (OK, so I might have predicted that the premiere of “Law & Order” looked shaky and that “Cop Rock” was likely to open big; sue me.)

At any rate, with the prospect of Harris as host I’m actually looking forward to the Emmys — the actual show, I mean, not just the melee that’s about to ensue when the TV academy tries to strip a handful of awards out of the main televised ceremony without causing a major ruckus among producers and members of the talent guilds.

So for now, assuming that nothing derails the deal, CBS and the Academy should reap the rewards of a solid decision, one that could be — wait for it — Legendary.

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