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Neil Patrick Harris Goes Back to Doogie Days

How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris is taking things back to his boy-genius Doogie days in this new commercial for Old Spice. In the ad, a white-coat-wearing NPH is an over-the-top "former make-believe doctor" on a mission to spread the word that chronic body odor can ruin lives. Take it from Doogie because, after all, he "used to play a doctor — for pretend." read more

NPH, Kristin Chenoweth to Name Emmy Nominees

Neil Patrick Harris by Jim Spellman/ and Kristin Chenoweth by Jordan Strauss/

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris will team with Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth to announce the nominees for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.The duo will be joined by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' chairman and CEO John Shaffner to make the announcements on July 17 at 8:40 am/ET. The statues themselves will be handed out Sept. 21 on ABC.You know who we are pulling for, but what names are you dying to hear Barney and Olive call? — Adam Bryant read more

Video Q&As: I Hit the How I Met Your Motherlode!

The night was Awe. Some.Nearly the entire How I Met Your Mother gang (minus Jason Segel, who is busy shooting a movie) congregated at McGee's in NYC — aka the inspiration for the sitcom's McClaren's. Cozying up with each in a booth (and maybe the occasional adult beverage...), I sought out scoop on all things Mother.Here, I will embed the video of Neil Patrick Harris, who ponders the Barney-Robin hookup and their possible future, the Britney aftermath and more. Links to my sit-downs with Josh, Cobie, Alyson and a pair of producers will follow. I hope you enjoy, because it was one of my most fun outings here ever!More from the Mother gang:• Josh Radnor on Sarah Chalke, fans getting Lost-like crazy and more.• Alyson Hannigan on dissing me for three years straight(!), Lily and Marshall's next hurdles (a baby, maybe?) and more. • Cobie Smulders on dressing to kill, getting "tipsy" to play Robin Sparkles and more.• Exec producers Carter Bays and Pamela Fryman on.... read more

Cheers: The Password is... Legendary!

Cheers to Neil Patrick Harris for his winning guest shot on Million Dollar Password. The How I Met Your Mother star outshone even the too-bright set of CBS' new primetime game show. Not only did Harris make it to the bonus round twice — putting Rachael Ray to shame — but he smiled politely when host Regis Philbin referred to him as "Doogie," tossed off his killer Reege impression and flashed that Harold & Kumar grin when faced with the words "chit" and "pot." And if Barney ever needs a new wingman, I'd say bartender "E-rock" is the man for the job. Too bad Harris can't be on this show every week!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Monday Night Bromances

Robert Sean Leonard and Hugh Laurie in House by Chris Haston/NBC Universal/Fox

House sharing custody of Wilson with Amber? Ted and Barney on the outs after Horndog Stinson admits he broke the “bro code” by trysting with Robin? Maybe I was just in a good mood with so much great TV to choose from on Monday, but I got a kick last night out of the twists and turns of these legendary TV bromances on an eventful How I Met Your Mother and the first new House in ages. (On a similar guy theme, watching the geek geniuses of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory—which I’m reviewing in the new issue of TV Guide this week—fight over the actual time machine from the 1960 The Time Machine movie cracked me up as well.)But seriously. With all due respect to Jeremy Piven on Entourage (which did not have its best season last summer), but how does Neil Patrick Harris not win the supporting-actor comedy Emmy after last night’s sensational episode? The drama of the Ted-Barney fight was about as powerful as that punch to the groin, and his pain (also emotional... read more

Cheers: Hitting the Mother Code

Neil Patrick Harris by Sonja Flemming/CBS

Cheers to How I Met Your Mother for respecting the "Bro Code." When Barney slept with his buddy Ted's ex, Robin, I worried the sitcom might just laugh it off. But by violating Article 1 of the sacred guy rules (laid down by his ancestor, Barnabas Stinson, in an uproarious Revolutionary War-era flashback), Neil Patrick Harris' hounddog really screwed — and may have lost — his self-proclaimed best friend forever. Can Ted forgive him? Guess we'll have to, as Barney might say, wait for it....• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Neil Patrick Harris: Blurring the Lines in Harold & Kumar

Neil Patrick Harris by Jaimie Trueblood/New Line Cinema

What would be a Harold Kumar movie without Doogie Howser MD aka Neil Patrick Harris aka NPH We last saw Harris playing his alter-ego in Harold Kumar Go to White Castle hitchhiking high on ecstasy and heartily engaged in the joke on himself and his child stardomFour years later Harris days as Doogie and his TV medical career is a distant memory supplanted by his renewed stardom as Barney in How I Met Your Mother in addition to his various guest roles With his increased fame and high public profile Harris self-parody in the new installment Harold Kumar 2 Escape from Guantanamo Bay is even more outrageous As Guantanamo Bay makes its debut Friday Harris offered some insights into his approach to Kumar and its relationship to his careerIn the new film Harris is still the same wild drug-loving womanizing bad-boy but this time he finds himself in situations that include a check point with Rob Corddry in which Harris mushroom-addl read more

Brit Hits the Fan: NPH Clarifies Alleged Stab at Spears

Seeking to clarify some sound bites he gave an AP reporter on the set of How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris has issued a statement stressing that he is not opposed to Britney Spears reprising her guest-star role as Abby the receptionist. Positing that the AP scribe "took some quotes of mine and speculated an opinion about their intent," Harris tells EW, "As I have said all along, Britney did a great job on the show. She really did. In fact, we are all hoping that she returns rather soon."As for the statements he made to the AP (as well as during a Harold & Kumar 2 junket), NPH says, "I am just very protective of our show and its content. I have a high standard of quality, and hope to maintain it on every level. I have great faith in our casting department... to find the appropriate person for every role on our show. I was remiss in speculating otherwise. My job description is to act, and I should really do just that."The AP at first held firm, saying that Harris "told us... read more

Exclusive: Sarah Chalke Preps Mother of a Comeback

Sarah Chalke by Jesse Grant/

OMFG, she is so the mother! I think. I'm hearing from multiple sources that Sarah Chalke is in advanced talks to reprise her role as Ted's possible future wife on How I Met Your Mother.In fact, just moments ago, Chalke's Mother crush himself, Josh Radnor — here to shoot a guest appearance for next week's Ausiello Report vodcast — confirmed that we'd probably be seeing Stella for a "few more episodes" this season. He was quick to add, however, that he has no clue whether or not she's the mother. "I really don't know," he said, "nor do I ask." Radnor also pleaded ignorance regarding the possibility of Britney Spears returning as Chalke's unhinged assistant, although he expressed confidence that exec producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas "could write a great plot for her to come back." Neil Patrick Harris may prove a harder sell. Radnor's costar told the Associated Press that too much of Spears may not be a good thing. "I'm in the minority that our show does not need stunt c... read more

Reader's Cheer of the Week: Doogie Howser, HIMYM

Neil Patrick Harris by Ron Galella/

Posted by tvqueen1812...Cheers to the writing staff on How I Met Your Mother for revisiting the past. No, not Ted's past, Neil Patrick Harris' past as Doogie Howser. When Barney is typing in his blog, the font and the blue screen are still there, but cue Doogie's theme and it's as if time stood still. As Barney would say , it's gonna be legendary.• For more Cheers & Jeers, check out the new vodcast.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

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