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Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman Have a Dance-Off at The Tonys (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:16AM
hugh jackman, neil patrick harris, tonysIt was a battle for the ages: One impeccably dressed, show-stopping song-and-dance man against another. And they both just happened to be huge stars in the worlds of TV, film and Broadway.

'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris defended his right to host the Tony Awards (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) against former Tony MC Hugh Jackman.

Dueling it out in a very Great White Way, Harris and Jackman referenced the past 60 years of Broadway and Hollywood musicals in a toe-tapping bid to outdo one another onstage at New York's Beacon Theatre.

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'HIMYM' Star Neil Patrick Harris on What to Expect at The Tony Awards

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 10th 2011 5:00AM
Neil Patrick Harris
Is Neil Patrick Harris now the hardest-working man in show business? These days he's juggling his duties on 'How I Met Your Mother' with a movie career that includes the much-buzzed-about 'Smurfs,' a hosting job with Sunday's '2011 Tony Awards and um, he's got 8-month-old twins.

But don't worry about NPH: He told Popeater little Gideon and Harper (with partner David Burtka) sleep 11 hours a night. We talked with the universally loved 'Doogie Howser' alum about what to expect during the show ("There will be the inevitable 'Spider-Man' jokes"), why he chose to raise his kids in the big city and he reveals details about the 'Smurfs' flick and how playing a coked-up hooker-lover changed his life forever.

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Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth Make Out at 'The Tony Awards' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 14th 2010 2:20AM
Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth Make Out at 'The Tony Awards'Well, we're having a somewhat gay-ish night, TV-recap-wise. (And we mean that in a good way.)

And hey! What's that sound that we hear? Ah, yes ... it's 'The 64th Annual Tony Awards' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), hosted by Sean Hayes. The Tony Awards recognize excellence in live American theater, and have long been considered to be the classiest of all award shows.

As Sean began hosting the awards, he was joined onstage by Kristin Chenoweth, his current co-star on Broadway. Sean has recently come out as being gay, but that didn't stop Kristin from getting busy with him. She wished him luck as a host, then gave him a slight peck on the lips -- which quickly turned into a much longer make-out session, complete with tongue. Then, he slapped her on the butt.

After Kristin left the stage, Hayes seemed a little embarrassed by the attention, and all the hooting and hollering. So he tried to explain. "I know what you're thinking," he said. "She's too short for me."

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Conan O'Brien Not Hosting Tony Awards

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 29th 2010 4:52PM
For decades, the Tony Awards have been the pinnacle of American theater, bringing attention to and bestowing praise upon some of the most talented and classiest performers of the stage. Beloved composer Stephen Sondheim. Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. And, of course, the Masturbating Bear.

Actually, scratch that last one.

Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, representatives for Conan O'Brien have announced that the lanky comedian has decided not to host the Tony Awards. Rumors had surfaced over the weekend that CBS, which airs the show, had contacted O'Brien regarding the emcee position, which last year was ably handled by Neil Patrick Harris.

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TV Moment of 2009: Neil Patrick Harris Hosts the Emmys

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 20th 2009 9:00AM
The Emmys were once the least of the EGOT shows: not as glamorous as the Oscars, nor as entertaining as the Tonys or Grammys (and not as rowdy as the Golden Globes). Still, the show had a history of solid hosts, from Ellen DeGeneres to Garry Shandling to Conan O'Brien. But Emmy almost dropped her golden orb in disbelief when a Whitman's Sampler of "reality hosts" bored everyone to tears in 2008. So this year's producers had a better idea. Instead of five MCs, hosting duties were handed to just three names: Neil Patrick Harris.

NPH 2.0 began on Broadway. Harris revived a career stuck in the Doogies with meaty roles in the musicals 'Cabaret' and 'Assassins.' He was rewarded with hosting duties for the 2009 Tony Awards. Synergy certainly played a part -- the Tonys have been a staple of CBS, and Harris is one of the network's breakout sitcom stars. How would 'How I Met Your Mother''s Barney Stimson fare? To the delight of award show aficionados, a go-to host was born.

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MTV's star-studded West Side Story parody

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 29th 2009 11:35AM
Russell_Brand_MTV_VMA_awardsHow do you pump up the viewership for a music award show on a network that used to be all about music but lately has been all about reality TV and nasty scandals? Well, apparently MTV has decided to go retro and keep it funny. To promote the upcoming 2009 Video Awards, MTV has created a West Side Story parody, not too different from the brilliant solo turn by Neil Patrick Harris at last June's Tony Awards.

The commercial is a mixed bag. Taylor Swift proves that she has the real goods as a singer, doing the toughest part of the "Tonight" quintet. Ne-Yo's dance turn is more of a salute to Michael Jackson than an homage to composers Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. And Katy Perry's rooftop bit reinforces the fact that she's funny and playful.

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Neil Patrick Harris to host the Emmys?

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 2nd 2009 10:55AM
Neil Patrick Harris to host Emmys?This seems to be Neil Patrick Harris' year. A tour-de-force season on How I Met Your Mother was followed by hosting stints on the Tonys and TV Land Awards that showed how natural he was in the role of awards host. Heck, he even managed to get the Tonys some viral street cred by doing a Billy Crystal-esque medley at the end that stated the show "could not be any gayer if Liza was named mayor and Elton John took flight."

So, it's not a big surprise to hear that NPH is near a deal to host the Emmys as well, according to Variety.

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Fun Finds: June 13

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 13th 2009 12:00PM
Heidi Montag

-- Ever wonder how theme songs for shows like 'All in the Family' and 'The Golden Girls' came about? Now's your chance to find out [Neat-o-Rama]

-- Heidi Montag may think she's a feminist, but she definitely doesn't play one on TV. See 20 of TV's least feminist characters [Lemondrop]

-Speaking of Speidi, you may also want to read this list of dysfunctional TV couples [Your Tango]

(more fun finds after the jump)

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Bret Michaels loses one round fight with Tony Awards set

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:26PM
Bret Michaels was hit in the face with stage scenery at Sunday's Tony Awards.Rock of Love star Bret Michaels ran smack into a descending piece of stage scenery at Sunday night's Tony Awards, going down for the count with multiple injuries.

You can watch the video here, or just watch after the jump. If you're not a fan of Michaels, his band (Poison) or his "looking for romance" reality show, you should resist the urge to watch it about 10 times while giggling. It's wrong to laugh at another person's misfortune. This reporter would certainly never dream of enjoying something like this.

MIchaels' injuries include a broken nose and three stitches in his lip. He had a CAT scan today as a precaution s he has an old neck injury. No word what effect the impact had on his permanent make-up.

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What's On Tonight: Tony Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Next Food Network Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 7th 2009 4:01PM
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  • At 7, ABC has a new Jimmy Kimmel Live, followed by the Lakers/Magic game.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 8, CBS has The 63rd Annual Tony Awards.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by the season premiere of Next Food Network Star and Iron Chef America.
  • Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance at 9, then a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Retro Television Network has two episodes of the original Mike Hammer, with Darren McGavin.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by a new Expedition Africa.
  • G4 has the series premiere of Web Soup at 9.
  • WE has a new Bridezillas at 9.
  • Also at 9: Nickelodeon has a new Nick News Special Edition.
  • At 10, Lifetime has the season premiere of Army Wives.
  • HGTV has a new HGTV's $250,000 Challenge at 10.
  • At 11, E! has the season premiere of Denise Richards: It's Complicated.
  • A&E has the season premiere of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 11.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What You Missed Last Night: Neil Patrick Harris and the Top Ten List

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2009 12:26PM
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Tony Awards this Sunday on CBS, and he stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman last night to deliver the Top Ten List, "Ten Signs You've Hired A Bad Tonys Host." My favorites are number five and number one.

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Neil Patrick Harris to host the Tony Awards

by Annie Wu, posted May 14th 2009 8:33PM
Neil Patrick HarrisLadies and gentlemen alike know that Neil Patrick Harris has got it all: Perfect comedic timing, a hit show, old-fashioned song-and-dance skills, a ridiculously diverse audience, and a body built for suits. With such overwhelming levels of snazzy, is anyone surprised that NPH has been asked to host the 63rd Annual Tony Awards?

Some of the theater-literate out there may know that NPH has done his fair share of musicals onstage, from RENT to Sweeney Todd to Cabaret. Most of you are probably most aware of his Joss Whedon project, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog, which provided us with endless joy (and by "endless", I mean "three installments' worth"). Regardless, NPH has the knowledge, the background and the charisma to pull this off.

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Six reasons the Oscars will probably stink - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 23rd 2009 10:03AM
AMPASDo you remember what film won the Oscar for Best Picture last year? (No Country for Old Men). What about Best Actor and Actress? (Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard). If you didn't remember, don't feel bad. You're probably like most people. Most of us weren't watching in 2008. Even though they were celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, it was the lowest rated and least watched telecast ever.

As I perused the Academy Award nominations yesterday, I couldn't help but think that this year's broadcast is going to have a hard time drawing a huge TV audience. And considering that the only thing you can usually count on with the Oscars is that they'll run over three hours long, the show will probably leave something to be desired, too.

In fact, here's six reasons the Oscars -- which will be broadcast live on February 22 on ABC -- will probably stink.

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More presenters announced for the Tonys

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 5th 2008 8:23PM
Tony AwardCBS has secured even more celebrities to grace the stage at Radio City Music Hall next Sunday. Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Julie Chen (Big Brother), Harry Connick, Jr. (Will & Grace), Laurence Fishburne, Mandy Patinkin (Criminal Minds), David Hyde Pierce, Lily Tomlin and John Waters (Til Death Do Us Part) have been added as presenters. These actors and actresses (and, er, Julie Chen) will join an already stellar list of presenters and host Whoopi Goldberg.

I have to admit it. I'm getting a little excited for The Tonys. I usually find them boring. The performances are fantastic but the awards in between are a bit of a snore. However, this cast of presenters is intriguing. I'll at least be flipping back and forth hoping to catch the performances and my favorite stars.

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday June 15th from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

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CBS rounds up the stars for The Tonys

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 3rd 2008 8:01AM
Kristin ChenowethCBS is rounding up some A-listers to appear at The Tony Awards this year. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies), Glenn Close (Damages), Richard Griffiths, Laura Linney (John Adams), John Lithgow, Liza Minnelli, Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Daniel Radcliffe, Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle) and Marisa Tomei will be presenters at this year's award show. As previously announced, Whoopi Goldberg of The View, a Tony-winner herself, will be this year's host.

Also, the Tony Award-winning productions The Lion King and Rent will make rare encore performances at this year's gala.

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 15th from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET (delayed PT) on CBS. Here's my issue with the Tonys. It's long and it's usually a snore. Do you think this effort to spice up the show will pay off? Does it make you want to tune in?

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