When they send out a press release, that’s official enough, right? So it is with great pride that we can finally reveal that BBC America has ordered a full season of The Nerdist, with ten new hour-long episodes coming in Spring 2013 and airing in the network’s “Supernatural Saturday” block along with shows like Doctor Who, Being Human, and the new Orphan Black. Chris Hardwick will be the host of the whole block as well.
Oh, yes, this is good news. Chris, Matt and Jonah will be back, of course, and the release has the words “brand-new set,” which is cool. We of the Nerdist variety are quite excited about this, but you could have guessed that.
In this press release, BBC America GM Perry Simon — no, it’s not me; yes, he has the same name; and no, we’re not, to the best of my knowledge, even related — says, “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.”
Chris’ press release quote says, “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.” I hope he remembers which Perry Simon is which.
Anyway, we can put the issue of the Two Perry Simons aside for a moment and congratulate Chris and BBC America on the new deal, and get ready for more of The Nerdist on TV in the Spring. As always, I suggest you camp out in front of your TV set right now.