Neil Patrick Harris to Host Kids' Game Show 'Genius Junior'

Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Neil Patrick Harris

April 1 (UPI) -- Entertainer Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the children's game show Genius Junior.

"Genius Junior is the ultimate test of smarts," a press release from NBC explained. "Twelve teams of the most incredible children in the country will compete to be crowned Genius Junior. Over five grueling rounds, with each round tougher than the last, teams of three children will have to work together to beat the competition. It's not enough to win a spelling bee, be a mathlete or even a memory champion -- to win Genius Junior you have to be brilliant at everything."

Five-time, Emmy-winner Harris began his career playing a teen doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D. He later found success on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and the family program A Series of Unfortunate Events, and is also a popular television personality and awards-show host.

Netflix Renews 'Series of Unfortunate Events' for Season 2

Netflix Renews 'Series of Unfortunate Events' for Season 2

Neil Patrick Harris confirmed the renewal on Twitter.

"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 in a statement. "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," added Paul Telegdy, president of the alternative and reality group for 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."

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.