Neil Patrick Harris to Host New NBC Game Show Genius Junior


NBC has lined up a new game show that celebrates the brightest kids in America, Genius Junior, which will be hosted and executive produced by Neil Patrick Harris.

The series sees 12 teams of three children compete over five rounds, each of which is tougher than the last. The winning team will take home the Genius Junior Grant that will set the stage for a bright future ahead.

Genius Junior is produced by Shed Media, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a project that shines a light on extraordinary children and challenges viewers to exercise their own minds,” Harris said. “NBC is a great home for Genius Junior. Plus, the contestants are kids, so they’re destined to be hilarious or, you know, snap. Win/win. I kid. #pun.”

“Tackling incredibly tough and fast-paced challenges, these amazing child prodigies will leave us entertained and awestruck,” said Paul Telegdy, the president of the alternative and reality group at NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled to have Neil as our host. His quick wit and charm are perfectly suited to keep up with the unpredictability that is sure to ensue.”

“Watching these amazing genius children solve problems that most adults would find impossible is absolutely riveting,” said Mike Darnell, the president of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. “Add in the super smart and multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris…and it’s a no-brainer that this show is going to work.”