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Former child star will appear on Big Brother to whore his CBS sitcom

The Big Brother 7 houseguests are getting a surprise visitor tonight, CBS has announced, spoiling its own surprise before it even happens.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a surprise unless there was a chance for cross-promotion, and the visitor is the star of a CBS sitcom. But he’s probably better known for the sitcom he starred in as a teenager, Doogie Howser, M.D.

Yes, Neil Patrick Harris “will make a surprise visit to BIG BROTHER: ALL-STARS when he drops into the house for ‘Christmas in August,’ a prize the Houseguests won in Sunday’s food competition,” according to CBS. The network calls him “an avid reality TV fan,” although who knows if he’s a Big Brother fan.

Update: An alert reader noticed that Will lists Neil Patrick Harris as one of his only favorite actor. I’d say he’s being facetious, but he also lists How I Met Your Mother as one of his favorite TV shows. Someone’s going to be very excited.

Neil Patrick Harris, Star of How I Met Your Mother … [CBS press release]

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