By Adam Markovitz
Updated July 29, 2020 at 05:13 PM EDT

After getting rave reviews as the master of ceremonies at last month’s Tony Awards, How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris is in negotiations with CBS to host this year’s 61st annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, according to Variety. The deal would likely appease critics who lambasted last year’s Emmy show for using five reality show stars — including Tom Bergeron and Heidi Klum — as co-hosts, while also providing a plug for Mother, which will debut in the 8 p.m. Monday slot on CBS the night after the awards show. In addition to the Tonys, Harris has also served as host of this year’s TV Land Awards and the Writers Guild Awards ceremony in L.A.

UPDATE FROM THE AUSIELLO FILES: Neil Patrick Harris formally signs on to host the Emmys