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There is very little on TV these days that makes me squeal with geeker joy.  But put together one of my favorite actors with my all-time favorite director/creator on one of my favorite shows of the season and the squealing never ends.

That’s right.  Neil Patrick Harris was on an episode of Glee.  AND it was directed by Joss Whedon.  Who just so happens to be a Gleek.  If my DVR dies tomorrow, and I can only save one thing, I hope it’s this episode of Glee.

There was very little about this episode I didn’t love.  NPH’s duets with Matthew Morrison were truly awesome.  And Kevin McHale had a really great story arc, that was both touching and entertaining.  And he even got his own dance sequence.

NPH’s arc was a great one.  He came in as a member of the board of directors for the school, and threatened to take away the school’s music program.  The kicker?  He went to school with Will Schuester.  And he was more popular, and a better singer, and older, and got all the girls.  Talk about drama.

Such tension created awesome music.  Billy Joel’s Piano Man in the bar, and Aerosmith’s Dream On were big numbers for NPH.  And I loved every minute.

What I didn’t love was Rachel’s storyline with her “birth mother.”  A few weeks back, when Rachel got herself a new boyfriend, it seemed as though a conspiracy was brewing – where the rival school would infiltrate New Directions and possibly ruin the Invitational.  What really happened?  Rachel’s new boyfriend is still infiltrating the glee club, but with much different motives.  He is on a mission from Rachel’s birth mother, the opposing school’s show choir director.  And he’s trying to get them together.


Sometimes, I think Rachel’s arcs are more filler than anything.  And it’s been weeks since we’ve seen a good arc from Quinn and her baby drama.  Although she’s been teetering back and forth between good and evil – one minute being selfless and helping one person or another feel better about themselves, and the next being mean and nasty and using her baby as an excuse.

And next week is Lady Gaga week.  Talk about May Sweeps.  Although I’m a little skeptical about that episode, but it should be huge.

And there is no doubt that Glee will be renewed for the fall.

What did you think about NPH on Glee?

A deal is in the works for Neil Patrick Harris to appear in an episode of Glee during May Sweeps that will be directed by the one and only Joss Whedon.


I’d heard a rumor about this today, and I wasn’t sure what to think.  Outside of being overwhelmed with excitement that the infamous NPH/Whedon duo is going to reunite, I am more than excited that the reunion will be on my favorite FOX show, Glee.

The news of the upcoming episode was dropped in a Twitter update by EW’s Michael Ausiello, who is no less excited than I, or any other fans are.

I must say, I don’t always look forward to May Sweeps.  I think that’s mostly because Upfronts are usually close by and the fate of our favorite shows hangs in the balance, so the importance of May Sweeps is HUGE, but very overdramatic.

ANYway, NPH.  Glee.

The episode and the role will be tailored specifically to the How I Met Your Mother superstar, and will no doubt include a song and dance number.

Yes.  I am excited.  Although, the waiting for Glee to return in April will be hard, I’m sure it will be well worth the wait.

What are your thoughts on Glee and NPH’s upcoming role?

I think it’s safe to say that Neil Patrick Harris KILLED last night.  And CBS knew it.  Over and over again – and even in various articles all over the Internet – it was made known that last year’s awards show was completely awful.  But NPH was a great choice.  And did I mention that he KILLED?  Because he did.

Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2009 Emmys

I did a live blog last night.  I don’t normally do completely live posts.  Usually, it’s of the semi-live variety, where I blog live, and post later, after doing some serious editing.  But doing a fully live post was fun.  And it made my Emmy watching experience that much more enjoyable.

For me, the highlight of the evening was Dr. Horrible interrupting the broadcast.  Not only did NPH appear, but Nathan Fillion reprised his role as Captain Hammer.  Add Jason Bateman and Felicia Day, and you’ve got yourself a show.

All the winners were amazing.  All the nominees were amazing.  To be perfectly honest, there weren’t too many surprises in the winners department.  But what really made the show great was all the in between stuff.  Like the musical introduction by NPH, the new and interesting way to introduce the nominees, a la the Variety TV category.  And did anyone notice the more organized format?  In years past, the categories were a little more… spontaneous frazzled unorganized, so this year, it was a refreshing change of pace to have things a little more clear and concise.  Doing all the comedy, then reality, movies/miniseries, variety and drama?  That was brilliant on CBS’s part.

Now, while there weren’t many surprises as far as winners go, I was more than a little annoyed at 30 Rock, and there being so many wins for that show.  Especially when it was up against better sitcoms.  The Office.  Two and a Half Men.  How I Met Your Mother.  All were heavy hitters, but 30 Rock took home the trophy.  Seriously?  I really think that any of the other sitcoms in that category would have been a better choice.  Maybe I’m not alone on thinking that.  But kudos to 30 Rock for pulling it out.

Also, I was so impressed with the Academy recognizing a show that is no longer on the air.  In fact, a show that was cancelled last November from ABC due to ratings.  Or budget.  Or whatever.  Pushing Daisies was one of my favorite shows, so I could not have been more pleased that Kristen Chenoweth took home the Emmy for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy.  She cried onstage.  Clearly she was shocked, but thanked the Academy for recognizing a show that is no longer on the air.  I think that says a lot about the quality of the show, not to mention Kristen’s performance.  I don’t know if Pushing Daisies would have flourished any further, but having it win an Emmy is nothing short of awesome.

There were so many jokes, some that worked, and some that didn’t.  And NPH going back and forth with John Cryer was hysterical.  I really think the two were equally matched as far as being a supporting character.  But the banter back and forth was priceless.

So, in a nutshell, I really enjoyed the Emmys this year.  I really think broadcast television will make a comeback.  At least, I’m hoping so.  I REALLY want to give my DVR a workout, and do some serious reviewing of TV this year.

So, tell me…

What did you think of the Emmys?

800 – NPH busts out with THE most awesome Emmy’s introduction EVER!

804 – NPH a reality show junkie?  AND loves award shows

806 – He does an AMAZING introduction and is INSANELY funny.  The lack of theme song bit was classic

808 – First genre: Comedy.  They are doing something different this year where they are going genre by genre.  I know I haven’t watched the Emmy’s in a few years, but I really think this was the best way to come back.

809 – And who doesn’t LOVE NPH?

810 – First category introducers?  Tina Fey and John Hamm.  Seth McFarlane isn’t drunk yet?  Dude, seriously?  LOL

812 – Kristen Chenoweth – NOT at all surprised by that.

813 – Chriso says I’m one for one.  APPARENTLY we’re taking bets on who’s going to win in different categories.  Kristen won for best comedic actress – she’s crying, but she’s such an incredible actress.

814 – “I want to thank the Academy for recognizing a show that is no longer on the air.”  LOVE HER!

818 – Took a pizza and Dr. P break… gotta love commercials.  Nothing like Super Bowl commercials where there’s actually something interesting to watch.  Just good enough for what it is.

820 – Aaaaaand NPH is back!  and the announcer is pretty interesting.

821 – THE CAST OF HIMYM to introduce the next category: Outstanding writing in a Sitcom

822 – Alyson Hannigan looks like a red-head again!  I can’t tell you how excited I am

823 – Ok, so all the best writing is done on 30 Rock?  Wow.  Ummm…. yeah, no?  I don’t buy that.  There are MUCH better written shows out there.

824 – Amy Poehler has a really pretty dress, but is not at all flattering.  Julia Louis-Dreyfuss looks amazing.

825 – Best Actor in a comedy… so many AMAZING actors.  And the Emmy goes to John Cryer!  Great choice.  NPH was also nominated – how does that work?

827 – Another commercial break…

833 – Does anyone know how much I LOVE NPH?  He’s making jokes about how the host of the Emmy’s didn’t win.. And now Justin Timberlake is taking about being a comedian

835 – Outstanding Lead Actress – Toni Collette… Um, again, I think there were better nominees, but she has an accent.  So there’s that.

837 – NPH is talking to John Cryer in the press room… clearly he’s upset 🙂  Or maybe he’s just being funny.

838 – John Cryer: “In your face, Neil Patrick Harris”

840 – Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake for best guest actor/actress.

841 – Best directing in a comedy series: Jeffrey Blitz, from the Office.  That was definitely a great choice for “Stress Relief.”

844 – COMMERCIALS!  Woot!

848 – And who doesn’t love Rob Lowe?

849 – Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy: Alec Baldwin should not win… and Steve Carrell is fantastic!

851 – And the winner is…Alec Baldwin?  Ok… again.  30 Rock is not all that great, and seriously?  I could have sworn that Charlie Sheen or Steve Carrell had it in the bag.  Gah!  That’s messed up.

853 – And the Family Guy’s Brian and Stewie are talking HIMYM!  PRICELESS!

854 – New Genre: Reality!  Good lord.  I may want to take a nap… Um… can anyone figure out WHY reality TV needs to get ANY awards???  There’s NOTHING that goes into them.  They’re cheap to produce, and not at all creative.  Regurgitated, mindless crap

856 – Because we needed to see dancers from one of the dance shows?  Um… I’d ALMOST rather see Kanye West interrupt this little number here.

857 – Ok, the dance number was good… but still.

858 – John Cryer and Hayden Panettiere… Love him, I’m ok with her.

859 – Jeff Probst wins for Survivor.  BUT he congratulates NPH on a good job hosting the Emmys.

900 – One hour down.  Few more to go.  And some commercials

903 – Commercials  for Monday night premieres… Can’t wait.

906 – Tracy Morgan is the next presenter… he stuttered a bit… and wasn’t all that funny.  You see, there are writers who write jokes for comedians for award shows.  Tracy should have found a better writer.

907 – The Amazing Race is a winner.

909 – New genre: Movies and Mini-series.

910 – And now I have to pee.  Where are the commercials when you need them?

912 – Outstanding supporting actress in movie or mini-series… not gonna lie.  I’ve never heard of any of those actress OR the movies.

914 – Now supporting actors.  I actually know the actors, but the movies are still unknown.  Ken Howard is a winner.

917 – Coming up?  Tribute to winners passed

921 – Looking for a list online for the nominees this year.  Not that it matters at this point, but I’m trying to nail down EXACTLY what the 5 genres are.

922 – Grey’s Anatomy stars Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson.  2 FANTASTIC women onstage.

923 – Kate Walsh’s dress is not all that flattering, but Chandra looks amazing!  And Brendan Gleeson is a winner for “Into the Storm.”

925 – NPH keeps checking in with the “Best Seat in the House Winner.”  A great sight gag, but it’s going to get old after a while.

926 – And I don’t like Jennifer Love Hewitt.  I think there’s a reason I won’t be watching her show this year, and it’s not because I don’t like the paranormal stuff.

927 – I may have to take a look into this whole TV movie/mini-series thing.  Those movies look incredible.  And there must be something to the whole winning an award thing.

930 – NPH invited the accountants onstage who are going to explain how to tabulate the award votes – AND THE EMMY’S WERE INTERRUPTED BY DR. HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!  Have I mentioned that I LOVE NPH???  Because I do!  And Joss Whedon is my hero!

931- Nathan Fillion even reprises his role as Capt Hammer!  Yup.  BEST. AWARD SHOW. EVER.

933 – Uh, so after the appearance of Dr. Horrible and the rest of the cast, I’m REALLY tempted to just call it a night.  But I won’t.

934 – Jessica Lange.  Looking old, but still such a great actress!  She was in Tootsie.  Which I finally just watched a few weeks ago.

936 – The cast of Big Bang is coming up soon.  YAY!

942 – Keifer Sutherland and that lady from Fringe, whose name I can’t remember Anna Torv… Gray Gardens won for best movie.

945 – Little Dorritt for Best mini-series

947 – New genre: Variety.

950 – The cast of Big Bang… moderately funny onstage.

954 – The best way to introduce the nominees for a category yet… Best writing for a variety show.  Was actually pretty awesome.  Billy Crystal… Conan O’Brien… really great.

955 – Winner?  The Jon Stewart writing team… although, they did not have the best nominee introduction.

1001 – Another hour gone… and who knew that Jimmy Fallon did an episode of Spin City.  And he’s doing a Kanye spoof thing.

1003 – HELLOOOOO, Hugh Jackman!

1004 – Clearly, we were rooting for the Muppets.  And Hugh Jackman won.  Well, his team won.  And now I’m torn.

1006 – Ricky Gervais.  Digs at Steve Carrell and Rainn Wilson.  And he can.  Syndication rocks!

1008 – And now it’s time for best Variety show… The Daily Show.

1010 – And NPH gets more kudos!  Clearly, this is the BEST award show ever!

1014 – Getting a little bored with the commercials.  I don’t have to pee this time, and I want to see the drama category.

1016 – Final Category: Drama!  Woot!

1019 – 2 L’s, 2 O’s and only 1 C… Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J

1020 – Michael Emerson for Lost, for best supporting actor in a drama

1021 – Oustanding actress? Cherry Jones for 24.  Amazing how much people love 24.  Shame.  Grey’s Anatomy had 2 nominations this year: Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson.

1023 – Musical interlude: Sarah Mclachlan.  “I Will Remember You” for the memorial of great actors past.  Amazing.  Truly amazing.

1027 – Sarah McLachlan has such an amazing voice.  And I realize I’ve used the word “amazing” several times.  But it totally applies.

1033 – 2 of my favorite vampires onstage… Angel and the guy from True Blood.  But I love David Boreanaz more.

1034 – Michael J Fox is a presenter.  Awesome!  And he looks great!

1039 – Outstanding lead actress: here we go!  Glenn Close, Sally Field, Mariska Hargitay, Holly Hunter, Elizabeth Moss, Kyra Sedgewick…

1040 – Glenn Close.  There were 3 heavy hitters.  That was such a heavy category.  But all the women definitely fit the bill.

1043 – Commercial time.  And the corner of my TV screen just told me that the Emmys are going 5 minutes over.  Good thing Chriso set the DVR to record the news show afterwards.  THANKS, Chriso!  Love you!

1048 – Dana Delaney?  A new housewife?  Hmmm…

1049 – Michael C Hall for Dexter and Hugh Laurie for House… I’m definitely torn…. and the winner was Brian Cranston?  Can we say “conspiracy”?  Or “wicked lame”?  Or how about “doesn’t make sense”?  Dexter AND House are both amazing shows.  AND Michael C Hall and Hugh Laurie BOTH deserved this award.  I’m officially annoyed.

1051 – Saved the best for last: Bob Newhart to introduce for best Comedy Series.  They couldn’t have picked a better presenter.

1054 – HIMYM and the Office were frontrunners.  WTF is up with 30 Rock?  Have I mentioned that there are better shows out there?  Because I’m pretty sure I have.

1058 – Every time Chriso hears the name Sookie Stackhouse, he mentions his first love.  Sure, I know the last name isn’t all that common, but just because the name is the same doesn’t mean there’s any REAL connection.

1100 – Sigourney Weaver to present the best Drama series.  Big Love, Breaking Bad, Damages, Dexter, House, Lost, Mad Men… This was a heavy category.

1101 – And Mad Men was a winner.  *Sigh*  I really wanted Dexter or House to win for this category.  Good lord, I’m not really sure what’s going on.

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees this year!  This was a great one for a lot of TV.  Totally turned it around for me.  Haven’t watched the Emmy’s in 2 years.  NPH definitely made it AWESOME!

What did YOU think of this year’s awards?