LOS ANGELES -- The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made the announcement Monday.
Harris, who recently hosted the Tony Awards ceremony in New York, says he's excited about the new gig.
"After having had such a hoot hosting the Tonys, I was thrilled to get the call about the Primetime Emmys," he said.
The actor appears in the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother" but rose to fame as the young title character in "Doogie Howser, M.D." from 1989 to 1993.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of the show, adding my own voice to it while honoring the nominees and the entire year in television," he said.
"But which voice to choose? I'm torn between gangsta, foppish Brit and robot. Really proud of my robot. We'll see what happens on the night."
Emmy producers were said to have been impressed with Harris' work leading the Tony Awards.
The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 20 at the Nokia Theatre.
Nominations are set to be announced Thursday.