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‘Hedwig’ Neil Patrick Harris Cast in Netflix ‘Unfortunate Events’ After ‘BTE’ Cancellation

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Jan 30, 2016 05:16 PM EST

Broadway fav Neil Patrick Harris’ (Assassins, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) live NBC variety show, Best Show Ever was recently cancelled, but he isn’t wasting any time getting back in the saddle. Harris has confirmed that he will be playing the role of main villain, Count Olaf in Netflix’s upcoming version of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Recently, NBC pulled the plug on Neil Patrick Harris’ Best Time Ever. NBC’s president of late-night and alternative programming, Paul Telegdy, recently spoke to Variety about the cancellation:

“We are extremely proud of the work Neil and the producers did on ‘Best Time Ever. People rewarded us for taking the risk of trying something different. It was an incredibly complicated and sophisticated form of television to put on a live show on a weekly basis. We’re proud of Neil for giving it his all and we have steely resolve to work together on something new.”

Have no fear NPH fans. Neil has officially been cast in the new Netflix version of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Earlier in the month, Neil Patrick Harris confirmed the casting rumor on his Twitter page, writing:

“I'm excitedish to portray Count Olaf - its spending all day with those three horrible child actors that will be a challenge.”

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