Saturday Night Takeaway gets US version - with Neil Patrick Harris

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Ant and Dec's ITV hit Saturday Night Takeaway is finally heading Stateside - with 'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris at the helm.

Earlier this year it was reported that the Geordie duo were holding talks with American networks about the variety show.

Now reports that NBC has beaten several other networks to secure the rights to Takeaway, ordering a ten-part series at a cost of more than $2.5million per episode.

However, it will not provide Ant and Dec with a platform to relaunch their US presenting careers - as the broadcaster has signed popular actor Neil Patrick Harris to host.

Harris - who's also just been confirmed as the frontman of the 2015 Oscars - is best known for his role as Barney Stinson in sitcom 'How I Met Your Mother', which aired on E4.

"As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling. Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game changer," said the 41-year-old.

"Nothing like this has been done before, and it's unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!"

Details are scarce on how NBC's version of the format will work, though Vulture suggests that it will not air on Saturdays or use the 'Takeaway' name.

Ant and Dec's last attempt at cracking the US occured in 2005, when they hosted 'Wanna Bet?' on ABC - but poor ratings meant they failed to hit the big time.

They'll soon be back on UK screens for the new series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, which begins in mid-November.

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