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Neil Patrick Harris is working on a deal with CBS and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to suit up and serve as host for the Emmy Awards.

The deal to host the Emmys isn't sealed yet, but Variety reports that CBS and the Television Academy want to lock Harris in "as soon as possible."

The "How I Met Your Mother" star is carving out a nice side career as an awards host. He earned glowing reviews for his stint as host of the Tony Awards on CBS last month, and he also emceed the TV Land Awards earlier this year.

Having Harris front and center during the Emmy telecast on Sunday, Sept. 20 would be a nice piece of promotion for "How I Met Your Mother," which begins its fifth season the following night.

Harris has been an Emmy nominee the past two years for his work as the womanizing, Bro Code-writing, catchphrase-spouting Barney Stinson on "HIMYM." Nominations for this year's awards will be announced Thursday, July 16.

What do you think of the idea of NPH as Emmy host? He could make it awesome, no?

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