The BBC AMERICA original specials, based on Chris Hardwick’s hit podcast, return in December with a year-end review of all things nerds love.
BBC AMERICA today gave the green light for five more specials of The Nerdist, based on comedian, writer, Doctor Who fan and web pundit Chris Hardwick’s hit Nerdist podcast. The commission follows the successful and buzzed-about pilot hosted by Hardwick, which premiered in September as part of BBC AMERICA’s comedy block the Ministry of Laughs. The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios, with Chris Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson serving as executive producers.
The five specials (2x60; 3x30) will air throughout the next year, coinciding with big events for the channel. The Nerdist will feature panelists from LA to London, including celebrity guests, comedians, bloggers, and podcasters, in a comedic roundtable discussion. The first special will premiere on December 24, 9:00pm ET/PT, as a one-hour year-end review of all the things that nerds love from pop culture to tech trends and more.
Chris Hardwick says: “We had mammoth amounts of fun making The Nerdist for BBC AMERICA earlier this year with Craig Ferguson and Matt Smith and can’t wait to make more nerdy nerd nerdness in the upcoming specials. I thank BBC AMERICA for allowing people further consume our wee podcast with their eyes.”
We made cookies for the Nerdist TV Show pilot tonight! (10/9c or after Doctor Who airs, whenever that is for you.)
Make sure to watch this episode to find out what Craig thinks the Nerdist logo is. ;)
I hope one day I can thank this man for everything that he (and his podcast) has introduced me to. My love for Doctor Who, Doug Benson, Scott Sigler, Wil Wheaton, Tom Lennon and me finding my love for comedy again among many many many other things/people are completely his fault!
Just in case Chris is too humble to reblog thank yous written to him when he curates the Doctor Who Tumblr Friday and Saturday (#fangirlsquee!) we thought we’d leave this here for him to see.
[Insert well formed sentences about the premiere of The Nerdist on BBC America. Insert sentence about how awesome the podcast is. Follow with another sentence about Nerdist host Chris Hardwick being one of two celebrity Whovians (Craig Ferguson!) who’s shows we follow religiously. Insert ‘Praise Him’ gif.]
[Reminder about how awesome Chris’ interview with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan was at San Diego Comic-Con.]
[Insert link to the Nerdist FAQ on Anglophenia in case someone wants to learn more about the show. Follow that with a message about how Chris Hardwick will guest curate the Doctor Who Tumblr this Friday and Saturday, reblogging his favorite posts and sharing some of his own.]
OMG CHRIS HARDWICK IS GOING TO BLOG WITH US!!!! ASLDVJASLDVCAJSDCLASD!!!!
[Insert reminder to breathe.]
THE NERDIST comes to TV, *** premiering Saturday Sept 24 at 10/9c *** only on BBC America, part of the Ministry of Laughs.
Join host Chris Hardwick & his trusty sidekicks (Jonah Ray and Matt Mira) plus Very Special Guest Eleventh Doctor MATT SMITH, as the Internet’s Top Ranked Podcast comes to BBC America in an exclusive special.
Immediately following the premiere of an all new episode of Doctor Who: Closing Time at 9/8c.
Relive the shocking twists with the mysterious spaceman from the season six premiere “The Impossible Astronaut” alongside celebrity Doctor Who fans like Chris Hardwick, Paul F. Tompkins and Scott Adsit.
Their frank and funny answers, along with responses from devoted viewers at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, will be featured in BBC America’s three original Doctor Who specials set to premiere as we count down the nanoseconds until the August 27 fall premiere. Here’s the schedule — mark the calendars and set those DVRs:
Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor — Saturday, August 13 at 9/8c.
Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters — Saturday, August 20 at 9/8c.
Doctor Who: Best of the Companions — Saturday, August 27 following the Doctor Who premiere episode, “Let’s Kill Hitler” at 9/8c.
Recorded live in front of 800 Nerds at San Diego Comic-con on 7/23, this awesometastic mashup of television space travelers yields some of our best podcast moments. Talk of leeches, Steven Moffat Muppets, Karen’s love of Lt. Commander Data and how The Doctor and Wesley Crusher pilot their respective ships–namely the TARDIS and the Enterprise (1701-D, of course). THIS. EPISODE. RULES.
SIDENOTE: Thanks to BBC America who sponsored the event by allowing the attendees to “enjoy their burritos” which Matt and Karen helped hand out in TARDIS sleeves. Genius!
SIDESIDENOTE: There are some spoilers if you haven’t seen this season of Doctor Who yet!
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan at Comic Con!
The Hollywood Reporter: How did the BBC America deal come about?
Chris Hardwick: I think this all came about because for the last 14 months, I have not shut up aboutDoctor Who. [Laughs] I actually hired a specific Doctor Who blogger for Nerdist.com. It turned out that Devin Johnson, who works for BBC, I had sort of casually thrown out last May, “Hey, I sure would love to get the new Doctor, Matt Smith, on my podcast,” and he wrote back pretty quickly and said, “I will do my best to make that happen.” And he actually made it happen. Then Craig Ferguson – who is a fellow Doctor Who-phile – asked me if I wanted to come on the episode that he had Matt Smith on of his show and it was one Who-related thing after another. They said, “What do you want to do?” I said, “Well, I have this podcast, it’d be fun to make a TV show out of it.” They said, “We have this Ministry of Laughs thing, what if we mashed them all together?” I said, “I like the way you think, BBC America!” It is probably the best thing that’s come out of rampant fanaticism, for being a superfan.
BONUS EPISODE for the Whovians! This is the 40-minute Q&A following sneak preview screening of the first two episodes of Doctor Who series 6 to a packed movie theater of Who fans in NY on April 11, 2011. The panel consisted of Steven Moffat (head brainiac), Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), Toby Haynes (director), Piers Wenger (EP), Beth Willis (EP).
Special thanks to the BBC for making this happen! (You in particular, Devin Johnson) The new series of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, April 23rd at 9/8C on BBC America!
Words not sufficient for brain to express joy-splosion! Words weird come out brain now. Suffice it to say that this li’l Who fan’s dreams have become infinitely more fulfilled now.
Then listen to “Whoptopia” the special “Who & A” chat with Steven Moffat and the cast of Doctor Who this Friday on the Nerdist Podcast! There are NO SPOILERS! Just fan generated Qs & As!!!
Good prep for the series 6 premiere of Doctor Who, Saturday April 23rd at 9/8C on BBC America.
And just to let the 1000 Person Orchestra from Boston know, the cast was quite pleased with your performance! I watched it with them (which I only felt QUITE weird about). Well done, young Whovians!!!
Also, here’s the 8-bit Doctor Who theme!
(PS – we just launched our YouTube channel, youtube.com/nerdist!)