Put on your best slippery-soled shoes and prepare for a parquet party because All Star Celebrity Bowling is coming to your television screens AMC! That’s right, your favorite Nerdist Channel show has managed to pick up the spare. The Nerdist original series, which is being produced by Nerdist in partnership with High Noon Entertainment and AMC, has been picked up for eight half hour-long episodes by the network that brought you such Chris Hardwick-filled hits as Talking Dead and Talking Bad (and a few award-winning shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead, but who’s counting?).
Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick and Seth Laderman will be executive producing the project alongside High Noon’s Jim Berger and Patrick Jager. The pilot was co-developed with Soapbox Films. One change the show had on the way to the TV boxes is the addition of the Sklar Brothers as hosts! Given Randy and Jason Sklar’s penchant for quick wits and sports knowledge that runs deeper than the Mines of Moria, we think they’re perfect for the job.
The pilot episode features Hardwick and the Nerdist crew going head to head with Jon Hamm and the cast of Mad Men. In a rematch for the ages, Chris has drafted Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, @midnight), Pete Holmes (You Made It Weird), and the Captain himself, Nathan Fillion, to take their place on the lanes for Team Nerdist. Across the ball return will be their nemeses from Mad Men led by Jon Hamm: Rich Sommer (Harry Crane), Vincent Cartheiser (Pete Campbell), and Jay Ferguson (Stan Rizzo). When last we saw Vincent and Pete, their barbs were vicious and juvenile. Now up that rivalry to primetime and you have an idea of how great this show is going to be.
We’ll have more juicy info for you in the months to come, but for now, just carve out some space on your DVR and sit patiently by your television set until we show your our balls later in 2014. In all seriousness, we are enormously excited to be bringing the madcap gutterball glory of All Star Celebrity Bowling to TV. But don’t take my word for it; take Chris Hardwick’s!
Upon hearing the news, Hardwick said, “WE GOT BOWLING ON TELEVISION. I can’t even express what this means to me. The pilot was a blast to shoot (Nerdist vs Mad Men) and everyone involved made it a fun, smooth process. Thank you to AMC, High Noon, our crack team of Nerdist folk and especially the Sklar Brothers for hosting the shit out of it! I am beyond excited. My dad would have been overjoyed by this news. Go bowling some time, people!!!”
Of their new hosting gig, the always long-winded Randy Sklar had this to say: “So psyched. Thank you.” Geez, Randy, calm down. We get it. You’re excited. We are too.
If nothing else, you can expect more epic moments like this coming your way:
Who would you like to see Chris and his pin pals go frame-for-frame with on the limelight-lit lanes to raise money for charity? Let us know in the comments below!