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Neil Patrick Harris on why he turned down a late night show at CBS | Vulture
Harris said he’d be more interested in a weekly variety show. Give it to him, somebody. Also, he’s right, the late-night talk show format is so tired.
CBS has passed on ‘HIMYD’. Deadline reports that there was a dispute over creative direction, and that 20th Century Fox is shopping it elsewhere. Nina Tassler of CBS said “There were elements of the pilot that didn’t work out,” and 20th didn’t want to rework only to have it passed on again. Tassler also denied it having anything to do with the online reaction to the finale.
I’ll be interested to see if it gets picked up elsewhere. The world won’t be worse off without it I think, but having read the script, it was a promising remix of the concept and a few of the characters held promise (the others, on the other hand, needed work). It wasn’t particularly funny on the page, but I could see it being funnier in performance. The ending also solved a major problem of ‘HIMYM’ [SPOILER: The father is one of the main cast and is revealed to be so at the end of the pilot] which set up an entirely different show in the long run. It’s definitely not a necessary thing that needs to exist in the world and is no major loss if it doesn’t get picked up elsewhere, but would have been cool to see if they could do it.