TCA: Chris Hardwick Wants Tom Hanks, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers For ‘@Midnight’

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 11:18am PST

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154Chris Hardwick‘s dream guests on his Comedy Central show @midnight: “Jon Hamm, Tom Hanks, Mel Brooks — Joan Rivers would be great,” he answered today at the TCA Winter TV Press Tour. “They just know how to connect with an audience, they’re natural performers. It’s not comedy that drives the show — it’s comfort,” Hardwick said. 2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 2@midnight uses a rotating lineup of comedians as they battle nightly for meaningless points doled out by host Hardwick, based on their take on the day’s social media and pop culture. Hardwick started his Q&A with a filibuster, walking TV critics though how the game is played — though it’s been on the air for a while now — including one full-on Buzzfeed Brown-nose, in which he asked critics in the room to guess which of three tweets he would read was a real tweet from Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur. The tweets also appeared on two screens in the room in letters about a foot tall. Answer: All Three! ”I hate to interrupt, but the show has been on the air for some time — some of us have seen it,” one critic snarked peevishly, speaking for the room. Read More »

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Comedy Central’s ‘@Midnight’ Gets 40-Week Pickup

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 7:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE FRIDAY 7:50 AM: Comedy Central just officially announced the 40-week pickup for @midnight, whose production calendar will mirror that of Comedy Central’s other late-night shows, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. “We’re amazed at how quickly ‘@midnight’ has resonated with our fans,” said the Read More »

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‘@Midnight’ Opens Well With Comedy Central’s Target Young Guy Crowd

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 11:56am PDT

Comedy Central’s new Chris Hardwick-hosted late-night comedy competition strip, @midnight, opened last night with bigger numbers than its The Colbert Report lead-in among the network’s target young male viewers — also appearing to beat broadcasters among males 18-24 and 18-34. @midnight, produced by Funny or Die, scored a substantially smaller overall crowd (549,992 viewers) than did its lead-in The Colbert Report, which itself clocked a smaller crowd than usual (999,833 viewers) — which is no surprise given that it was the show’s first night back after a dark week. But, @midnight came in on par with Colbert among 18-49 year-olds (260,876 and 260,668, respectively). And, among 18-34 guys (153,538), and 18-24 guys (67,943), @m outstripped Colbert (131,442 and 45,871, respectively). Comedy Central also noted its new show beat the October-to-date averages of NBC’s Jay Leno, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and CBS’s David Letterman in the new show’s half-hour slot, among both 18-24 and 18-34  guys (competitive broadcast stats for last night will be available later today).

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Comedy Central’s Chris Hardwick Late-Night Show Gets Premiere Date

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comedy Central’s new daily, late-night comedy competition, @midnight, hosted by Chris Hardwick and produced by Funny Or Die, will debut on October 21 when the network’s late-night block expands to 90 minutes. @midnight, which will air at midnight following The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, is taking a week-long jump on TBS’ new late-night entry, The Pete Holmes Show, which premieres in the same time slot on October 28. @midnight features a rotating lineup of today’s top comedians who will battle nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day’s social media and pop culture happenings and wear the crown of funniest person on Earth (for the next 23½ hours).

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Comedy Central To Launch Late-Night Show Hosted By Chris Hardwick, Funny Or Die Produces, Tom Lennon & Ben Garant To Run

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central is expanding its late-night block with a new show hosted by comedian/producer Chris Hardwick and co-produced by Funny Or Die. The untitled show, which will launch in the fall, will air four … Read More »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Guillermo Del Toro, Katee Sackhoff Top ‘Nerdist’ Lineup

By | Sunday March 24, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT

The upcoming season of Chris Hardwick‘s BBC America series The Nerdist is starting strong with a guest lineup that draws from nerd royalty and from Hardwick’s other steady TV hosting gig on AMC, Talking Dead. BBC America has … Read More »

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Nat Geo Channel Orders Science-Themed Pilot From Nerdist Industries

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jonah RayEXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel has greenlighted a pilot for In The Name Of Science, a science-based show from Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin’s production company for multi-platform genre and pop culture content, … Read More »

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‘The Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick On Podcasts As “Survival Mechanism” For Comics: TCA

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 3:37pm PST

Diane Haitman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Chris Hardwick, host of BBC America‘s new series The Nerdist, explained today on a TCA panel how podcasts are becoming the new showcase for today’s comedians. … Read More »

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BBC America Orders Full Season Of ‘The Nerdist’

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 12:44pm PST

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 … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Legendary Acquiring Nerdist On Eve Of Comic-Con

2ND UPDATE 11:15 AM: Legendary just sent out the announcement that it has finalized an agreement to purchase Nerdist Industries.

EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE 9:30 AM: Legendary Entertainment heading into Comic-Con has set a new deal with multiplatform fanboy outfit Nerdist. My sources say huge comic book fan Thomas Tull will be stepping up his existing early investment in Nerdist and actually making an all-out acquisition. But co-owner Peter Levin (my pal) wouldn’t do a deal that stripped him and the other co-owner Chris Hardwick of autonomy for the editorial business. Now they will report to Legendary Entertainment COO Tim Connors. The strategy is that the addition of the Levin and Hardwick digital prowess would add more firepower to the Tull war-chest. Hardwick and Levin will continue in their current roles within Nerdist, and will also take on the roles of Co-Presidents of Legendary’s digital business with Hardwick serving as Co-President Digital Content and Levin functioning as Co-President Digital Strategy. They will work closely with Legendary’s executive management team on event management and comics-related operations. The deal calls for Nerdist to maintain complete editorial autonomy and operations, while benefitting from Legendary Entertainment’s resources and platform as the company continues to offer up quality fanboy content to audiences around the world. Nerdist was founded in 2008 by Hardwick — a comedian, author, podcaster, new media personality and AMC’s The Talking Dead host. In 2011, Nerdist and Levin’s GeekChicDaily merged to form Nerdist Industries with Hardwick serving as Founder and Chief Creative Officer while digital media entrepreneur Levin became CEO of the new company. Read More »

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AMC Orders Live After-Show ‘Talking Dead’

By | Thursday September 22, 2011 @ 7:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

AMC is launching Talking Dead, the network’s first live after-show that will discuss AMC’s series The Walking Dead. The half-hour program, produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row and hosted by Chris Hardwick, will premiere Oct. 16, immediately following the encore … Read More »

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Nerds And Geeks Unite In MultiPlatform Deal

By | Monday June 6, 2011 @ 1:27pm PDT

How effing hot is Chris Hardwick as an emerging name/brand in the nerd-geek footprint? Sizzling. First BBC America signed comedian, writer, and web personality Chris Hardwick to host the channel’s new Saturday night comedy block launching June 18th, Ministry of Laughs, … Read More »

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Cable News: BBC America Signs Chris Hardwick, Spike Orders Foreclosure Series

By | Monday May 23, 2011 @ 10:36am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BBC America has signed comedian, writer and web personality Chris Hardwick to host the channel’s new Saturday night comedy block, Ministry of Laughs, and has committed to a pilot/special based on Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast. The pilot, a panel talk show … Read More »

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