Emmy-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris promises TV viewers the Best Time Ever with his live NBC prime-time series, a throwback to old-time variety shows, but also mixes game-show elements, surprises for audience members and a closing production number that often involves dance routines, acrobatics or magic — and sometimes all of the above. Each episode also includes a special guest announcer, who often takes part in the finale, the “End of the Show Show.”
This week, Reba McEntire filled the role of announcer and was featured in “Wild, Wild West,” an old-style Western-themed production number with a very modern twist. Set in an old-time saloon and featuring the show’s Nicole Scherzinger leading a dance troupe, along with a cowboy doing rope tricks and bar patrons playing cards, Reba enters the picture singing a honky-tonk version of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” When the menacing NPH (a.k.a. “The Outlaw”) enters the saloon, the punches start flying, beer bottles are broken over heads and the pint-sized versions of Harris and Scherzinger (a.k.a Little NPH and Little Nicole) show up to get in on the action. It’s Reba who takes control of the mayhem, knocking out the host with one final punch as the credits roll.
Reba’s run of Las Vegas shows with Brooks & Dunn has been extended into May 2016, with six additional shows recently announced. Reba and Brooks & Dunn opened their ongoing residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in June. The shows also ended Brooks and Dunn’s five-year hiatus from performing together. Reba’s latest single, “Until They Don’t Love You,” is currently climbing the charts.
Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris airs live, Tuesdays on NBC, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Previous guest announcers have included Reese Witherspoon, Alec Baldwin, Shaquille O’Neal and Jack Black.