After all these years, the world has finally fallen in love with Neil Patrick Harris. With the “Doogie Howser, M.D.” years a distant memory, Harris recently has anchored a hit TV show, portrayed the best villain ever, led a slew of musicals and hosted award shows. And now, as long as tv stations play nice, he’ll once again work with master-of-all-that-is-great Joss Whedon on an episode of “Glee.”
We’ve known since fall that Whedon would direct an episode of “Glee,” the popular musical/comedy/drama/mu-com-ra where students use popular music to portray their angsty lives and win competitions. Now, TV gossip guru Michael Ausiello reports that at the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday, he got word that Harris was well on his way to getting a part on Whedon’s upcoming episode. The deal still is in the works, as CBS, home to Harris’ “How I Met Your Mother,” must approve the actor’s appearance on “Glee’s” competing Fox. But Ausiello says that things are looking good.
This really is a perfect fit for Whedon, Harris, the networks and fans. Whedon and Harris already have collaborated on a number of projects, not the least of which is the Emmy-winning Internet sensation, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Both bring much musicality to “Glee” — Whedon conceived and enabled the famous “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” musical episode, while Harris has performed on-stage in “Rent,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Cabaret.”
Moreover, this should ensure a ratings bonanza for both Fox and CBS. “Glee” likely will enjoy a large audience, as the show appeals to everyone from soccer moms to arty teens to Whedon-and Harris-loving nerds. CBS should see a benefit, too, as their bankable star probably will continue draw viewers to “How I Met Your Mother,” especially after gaining another audience through “Glee.”
Read Michael Ausiello’s full report on the situation here.
In additional “Glee” news that I don’t really care about, Jennifer Lopez also is slated to appear on the musical show.