Chris Hardwick is one busy guy. From performing stand up on Comedy Central to hosting ‘Talking Dead’ on AMC to participating his Nerdist podcasts to leading panels at cons and even taking a moment out of his busy schedule to talk to people like me (or specifically me at New York Comic Con), it’s almost mind-boggling to think about how one man can be in so many places at once. But come Spring 2013, he’ll have one more thing to add to the list: His own show on BBC America.
After airing a series of Nerdist specials throughout 2012 that covered pop culture events and explored aspects of nerd culture, BBC America has decided to give Hardwick and his merry men from his podcast, Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, their very own talk show as part of the network’s ‘Supernatural Saturday’ block of programming alongside ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Being Human’, and the new original series ‘Orphan Black’. Additionally, Hardwick will be fronting the whole block as a host of sorts.
In a press released issued this week, General Manager of Channels at BBC America Perry Simon had this to say about the upcoming Nerdist program:
“We could not be more pleased to be expanding our relationship with Chris by ordering The Nerdist series with an exciting new format, as well as having Chris host our ‘Supernatural Saturday’ block. Ever since early 2011, Chris has brought his loyal legion of fans to BBC AMERICA through his successful Nerdist specials and, as America’s #1 ‘Doctor Who’ fan, hosting countless ‘Doctor Who’-related events for our channel.”
Hardwick himself is very excited about this endeavor and had this to say:
“As a huge fanboy of nerd culture stuff, we at the Nerdist Podcast gush about the things we love constantly, and the fact that BBCA lets us do that AS OUR JOBS puts me forever in their debt. They have been exceptional at allowing us to grow the show and its audience. Plus, I’ve met THREE Doctors since I started working there. Perry Simon doesn’t know this yet, but I’m going to hug him REALLY HARD next time I see him-until it gets awkward. Six extra seconds oughta do it.”
Spinning out of the highly popular podcast, ‘The Nerdist’ will be shot in Los Angeles and will feature celebrity guests, UK and US correspondents, stand-up comedy, and musical performances.
Are you excited to see the first episode of ‘The Nerdist’ on BBC America? Share your thoughts in the comments below!