Hardwick podcast evolves into 10-episode skein

BBC America has ordered a 10-episode season of hourlong comedy-variety talkshow “The Nerdist,” based on Chris Hardwick’s podcast.

“Nerdist” will premiere in the spring as part of the cabler’s Supernatural Saturday programming block that will be hosted by Hardwick and features “Doctor Who,” “Being Human” and the upcoming “Orphan Black.”

The series pickup follows a collection of specials pegged to pop culture events throughout 2012. “Nerdist Podcast” partners Matt Mira and Jonah Ray will remain contributors to the Los Angeles-based show, which features celebrity guests and standup and musical performances.

“As a huge fanboy of nerd culture stuff, we at the ‘Nerdist Podcast’ gush about the things we love constantly,” Hardwick said, “and the fact that BBC America 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.

“(BBC America channels g.m.) 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.”

Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson exec produce the show for Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios.

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