@midnight, the breakout hit show from Nerdist creator and entertainment mogul, Chris Hardwick, has been renewed for a second season by Comedy Central. The network has ordered 40 more episodes of @midnight to air in 2015.
This new order of the Chris Hardwick show is actually the second time @midnight has been given the go-ahead. Produced by Funny or Die, Comedy Central ordered an initial 40 episodes of the show after @midnight had a successful four-week trial run, according to Deadline.
Chris Hardwick, @midnight’s host, made the announcement on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
In the interview, Fallon called Hardwick’s show, “Fantastic. I’ve never seen a show like it.”
Chris described @midnight in the interview.
“It’s basically a game show where we take comedians, and then we pull stuff from the internet, and then we make jokes about it in a game show format. It’s really fun. It’s really silly.”
Here’s part of Chris Hardwick’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
Chris Hardwick has come a long way since he was hosted MTV’s Singled Out with Jenny McCarthy in the early nineties. Hardwick hosted several other shows including Wired Science and Web Soup after he left MTV, but Chris’s star really took off when he started the Nerdist Podcast.
The concept was simple. Bring in guests including everyone from comics to artists to directors to actors to musicians, and essentially chat with them about anything for an hour or more with on-again, off-again co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira.
The humor and no-topic-is-off-limits concept of Chris Hardwick’s podcast made it extremely popular (including Hardwick’s struggles with alcohol – something he gave up in 2003 and has discussed often on the show) and even garnered enough attention to attract mega-stars like Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford.
One podcast wasn’t enough, though. With Peter Levin, Chris Hardwick started Nerdist Industries in 2012, and in addition to the flagship Nerdist Podcast, Hardwick added a network of podcasts created by other personalities, a premium YouTube Channel and a news division (appropriately called Nerdist News).
When the popularity of the AMC program, Walking Dead, took off in 2011, Chris Hardwick hosted a show called Talking Dead which aired after the zombie drama. On Talking Dead, he interviewed show creators and actors about the program, and it was an instant hit.
In addition to having been crowned the King of Comic-Con in recent years for all the panels he hosts, Chris started a YouTube show called Chris Hardwick’s All-Star Celebrity Bowling, in which the casts of such shows as Mad Men compete against Hardwick and friends for charity. The show is currently in development for television.
Here’s a clip of @midnight, featuring Chris Hardwick:
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