VIDEO: Neil Patrick Harris Pranks Fans With Help From Britney Spears and Joe Jonas

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.

Well, NPH is going to try it again, despite some of the worst ratings of his career. “The Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” actually pulled decent numbers when it premiered last week, but will viewers return tonight when the show moves to 8 p.m. on NBC?The pop star was a guest on the second episode of Harris’ new NBC variety show “Best Time Ever,” in which she came across as being the most arrogant person ever — all for the sake of a prank.

In a new segment called “Voices in Your Head,” Harris and Jonas team up with Spears in Las Vegas, and the pop star has to follow their instructions as she interviews potential bodyguards for some bound-to-be hilarious results. Spears was sent out mic’ed-up to interview some new security guards but the introductions were spiced up by Harris talking in her ear and telling her what to say. “Hi, it’s Britney, bitch,” the “Slave 4 U” singer said, calling herself “the one and only Britney Spears” when she answered the door, which was not how the unsuspecting victims expected the first meeting with their potential boss to start. Spears even made one tattooed security guard kiss her hand as he came into the suite for an interview, all while Harris giggled like a naughty school boy behind the scenes with Joe Jonas. While networks may be over saturated with trashy reality shows,”Best Time Ever,” based on the British series, “Saturday Night Takedown,” brings a breath of fresh air to the tired genre. However, don’t expect too much change. “It’s not in our design to start from scratch and redo again, because we already have eight episodes in play.

The first episode boasted an unwieldy and hilarious mix of hidden-camera punking, celebrity challenges and several other zany stunts, including acrobats on pogo sticks – Reese Witherspoon even guest-starred as the night’s celebrity announcer. But we certainly want to make it the most enjoyable hour for everyone,” Harris said. “I think I need time to breathe in the opening act and be a little more personable, less hyper-scripted. Bringing up a young couple to stage, the host began showing them moments from their life in the past year, from footballs games to their own wedding, where somehow Harris showed up disguised and managed short cameos without them finding out. But Britney goes slightly off script, like when Neil told her to go “Hi, I’m Britney bitch” and she went “It’s Britney, bitch.” As she should. The better of the two, by far, is “Grandfathered” at 8 p.m., starring John Stamos as a playboy bachelor restaurateur who suddenly learns he fathered a kid 26 years earlier.

Rob Lowe stars in “The Grinder” at 8:30 p.m.,playing a vapid TV actor who’s starred as a tough lawyer for several seasons but has come home to Boise, ID, where he decides he can fake enough knowledge of law to join his dad (William DeVane) and brother (Fred Savage) in their law firm. It’s not really believable and the writing doesn’t have the spark and sparkle of “Grandfathered,” but Lowe and Savage play well off each other. The sing-along segment, which featured Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and was widely lauded as one of the night’s most successful bits, will feature Bonnie Tyler this time around. Joe Jonas will team with Harris to prank Britney Spears, and Alec Baldwin – whose sonorous voice once made The Royal Tenenbaums so magical – will take the celebrity announcer reins from Reese Witherspoon. “For guest announcers I really want someone who’s a recognizable presence, a positive, interesting personality but a really great voice,” Harris said. “Alec is all of those things.

Nicole Scherzinger and Reese Witherspoon played excited sidekick and guest announcer, respectively, but it was ultimately Harris’ fluidity in moving from performer to host that kept the audience engaged. I would say his wife but there are fair time allotments for every candidate and we only have eight shows, so I don’t think we’d be allowed to have Hillary on board. But Bill’s got a great voice and he’s a super cool guy.” Another of the more successful bits, the wild extravaganza End-of-Show Show, will also return this week, now with more Cirque du Soleil. The way that he smiles is perfectly in line with his sense of humor,” Harris said. “It’s great for something like the Emmys, which needs to take itself seriously but not too much.”

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