BBC America is expanding its relationship with Chris Hardwick‘s Nerdist franchise, with the network ordering a full season of comedy-variety talk show The Nerdist based on Hardwick’s hit podcast. The 10-episode season will be shot in LA and feature celebrity guests, UK and U.S.-based correspondents, and stand-up and musical performances. It will debut in spring 2013 as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday block that includes Doctor Who, Being Human and new original series Orphan Black. Hardwick will also host the programming block beginning in the spring. BBA America aired a collection of Nerdist-branded specials this year; Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, Chris’s partners in the podcast, will return as contributors. The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios, with Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson executive producing.
The Nerdist marks the latest original programming move at BBC America, joining Crash Course, Wild Things, new drama Orphan Black and the just-renewed Copper.