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BBC America Orders Up More Nerdist

Yes, there will be more of The Nerdist on BBC America. The network has ordered five more specials, one an hour-long special for Christmas Eve 2011 at 9/8c with the rest spread throughout 2012 and tied to special programming on the network.

I’ll post the press release here, with the note that the Perry Simon quoted in the release isn’t me — Chris is, I believe, the first person on Earth to work simultaneously with two unrelated people named Perry Simon. That is the least of his many accomplishments.

Here’s the official release to the trade this morning:

New York – November 11, 2011 – BBC AMERICA’s General Manager, Perry Simon, 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 (2×60; 3×30) 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.

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America says: “The Nerdist pilot, which featured The Doctor, Matt Smith, and Craig Ferguson joining the Nerdist team as guests, earned strong buzz and was an excellent pairing with the midseason premiere of Doctor Who. We couldn’t be happier that we will continue working with Chris and are excited that The Nerdist will be a part of our biggest events over the next year.”

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 to further consume our wee podcast with their eyes.”

The Nerdist podcast, named one of the best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone, is a top 10 comedy podcast on iTunes and has featured guests from Andy Samberg to Jon Hamm to Zach Galifianakis.

The Nerdist joins BBC AMERICA’s stable of all-new original programming, including new comedy panel show Would You Rather? with Graham Norton premiering December 3 plus Richard Hammond’s Crash Course and Copper premiering in 2012.

And there it is. Huzzah, whoopie, etc. We’re happy, to say the least.

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  1. jimmy says:

    Holy Crap! that’s great news!! Just please.. let’s not do the Bob Saggat audience interaction intro spot. The awkward audience member smiles were damaging. 😉

  2. Chuck W. says:

    Congrats Big C.

  3. Josh from Europe says:

    (((d(–__–)b))) I call that a great year 2012

  4. Mark LaCroix says:


    This is great news. I, too, heard about it from Chris’ super-sly mention of it on Conan.

    I actually like the idea of them being seasonal specials instead of, say, a 13-week season. The podcast gives us plenty of content so it’s not like we’re hurting for Nerdist goodness, and a event-based specials will give the team a chance to really “put their back into it” each time.


  5. BINETTSKI says:

    Well done guys! Cheers!

  6. mechas8n says:

    Nice one! Looking forward to it!

  7. Kelsey O says:

    Aw wow, that’s so great! Congratulations guys!

  8. Chris says:

    How exciting, and it would be more exciting if it becomes available in e.g. the German iTunes Store. Just sayin’.

  9. Joe Hill says:

    Oh and unlike Matt I will be watching the episodes…either live or on the iTunes. 🙂

  10. Joe Hill says:

    Chris! Awesome job! Congratulations!

  11. jenny says:

    Woo-hoo!!! Congratulations! I am so happy for the three of you.

  12. Kristin says:

    Awesome news. I loved the pilot episode and can’t wait for more.

  13. DefconDan says:

    CONGRATS guys!!!

  14. Matt says:

    Congratulations guys can’t wait to see the new specials!

  15. Tiffany says:

    That is so exciting! I actually found the Nerdist podcast because of the BBC America special. I think it will be a roaring success.

  16. A says:

    Woot!! And also, Yay!!!!!

  17. Arnulfo R. says:

    i just came

  18. Emily G says:

    I am so excited for you guys! Congrats guys! I’m so stoked being able to tell you what I thought of the christmas one before i see you guys in DC now 😀 Whee!

  19. Wesley Marshall says:

    So happy for Chris, Matt, and Jonah for the getting picked up for more. If any one deserves success it’s you guys!! #NerdsUnite

  20. Lauren says:

    YAY!!!! So excited to see more episodes! Congratulations!

  21. David Franklin says:

    Fantastic news! I’m looking forward to seeing them! Hopefully we’ll see even more since the six episodes will inevitably be very successful.

  22. jay says:

    I can’t wait to see more of a grate tv show done by grate nerds

  23. Rob P says:

    im so happy , best news ive had all day .
    good luck guys i know ill be tuned in 🙂

  24. Alisa says:

    Such wonderful news! Congratulations. I guess this means I’ll have to invest in a cable subscription.

    @ Sondra…”a compliment for Chris is a compliment for Matt and Jonah. And this weekend they will rock Portland!”

  25. Chelsea Dunham says:

    Congrats guys!

    Chris, this is an amazing year for you!!! You have had one success after another…you must be both excited, blown away and totally exhausted.

    I’m listening to back episodes of Nerdist and hearing you lament how you will ever monetize the podcast and hoping to maybe pay Vajonah and Matt…

    And now you have…

  26. Gen says:

    WEEEE! I am so excited for you guys! That means more stuff to look forward to from BBCA!

  27. John in Ohio says:

    Fan-fuckin’-tastic! Looking forward to this so much. I guess those “pro-you” decisions are paying off.

  28. Evan_Arc says:

    So, is it too early for a season pass on iTunes?

  29. Greg R says:

    Phenomenal new. Congrats guys!

  30. Sondra says:

    Why is there no mention of Johna or Matt in the post ? They are a big reason why the show is so entertaining. If they are not central to it, it would just be like a number of other nerd themed shows hosted by Chris Hardwick.

  31. Christine says:


  32. Joe C says:

    Fantastic news! Congratulations to everyone involved, and I can’t wait to have more Nerdist in my eyeballs!

  33. Stuart says:

    I am so stoked!!! Although I do worry that there will be a lot of disappointed kids on Christmas morning since Santa will no doubt skip the whole delivery thing to stay home and watch The Nerdist.

  34. Kate says:

    Yay!!! I’m so happy for you guys!! You deserve all of the success coming your way. And a bonus yay! for the next special being a full hour. I loved the first special and I can’t wait to see the rest. Hopefully this means more live shows?… #agirlcandream #hashtagsoutsidetwitter

  35. Will says:

    YAY!!!!! YAY!!!! YAY!!!!

  36. Jordan says:

    1) Ahwwwwwwwww-giggidy!

    B) Excelsior!

    III) Yes!

  37. sydney says:

    OMG how awesome!!!!!!!!!! im so happy for chris and the nerdist boys <33 cant wait!

  38. Greg says:

    Congratulations! You guys did an awesome job! Glad they will let you do some more.

  39. Matt Storm says:


  40. Vincent S says:

    omfg!!!! congrats Big C, Meera-Booey and “I’m team Matt, Jonah you’re an ass” Jonah Ray!!! HOPEFULLY, we non-americans can atleast get it on iTunes. 😀 can’t wait!

  41. Wade says:

    1. Awesome.

    2. They should ALL be an hour, cause damn.

    3. Sweet.

  42. Hannah Liz says:

    Honestly, the only thing I can say is:

  43. Abbey says:

    Congratulation guys! I knew there was no way they wouldn’t love this show!

  44. Melanie says:

    Congrats, guys – I’m so happy for you!

  45. scribe999 says:

    Yay! Schroedinger’s TV show…the box has been opened and it’s alive!

  46. Patrick says:

    This is fucking awesome. I missed the show when it aired, but I bought it iTunes.I definitely will be sure to watch the Xmas eve special on (how the Londoners would say) the teley.

  47. Johnny says:


    I’m a little sad it is not to become a regularly scheduled program, but it’s pretty awesome that you are getting more shows!

  48. Sarah says:

    Wicked excited! I loved the pilot and can’t wait to watch every other episode!