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NBC cancels Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris

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NBC is no longer having The Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.

The network confirmed today that it has canceled the heavily-hyped live variety series hosted by the How I Met Your Mother alum.

An adaptation of the UK series Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, the show debuted Sept. 15 and featured stunts, competitions, pranks that Harris perpetrated on unassuming Americans, music performances, and celebrity guests like Reese Witherspoon, Alec Baldwin, Seth Meyers, the Backstreet Boys, and Jack Black.

Best Time Ever averaged 5.6 million viewers and a 1.77 in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic through eight episodes, the last of which aired Nov. 3.

The network confirmed that it discussing possible future projects with Harris, who has a production company deal with NBC. 

“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, which broke the news. “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.”