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“@midnght,” host Chris Hardwick’s popular weeknight panel show that famously mixes the best of what both social media and improv comedy have to offer, has been given a second season order at Comedy Central.

The show became a ratings hit — especially with younger viewers — by maintaining high social engagements through crowdsourcing campaigns like the Twitter-focused #HashtagWars and including edgier comedic guest panelists like Ron Funches and Natasha Leggero.

“People always ask me when ‘@midnight’ airs,” Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming (possibly) joked when he made the announcement.

Hardwick, a comedian and former host of the MTV dating show “Singled Out” who grew in popularity through channels like his Nerdist podcasts before partnering with AMC on postmortem talk shows for their fan-favorited “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” said “’@midnight’ has been an absolute dream come true for me — a game show of internet jokes with my comedian friends.”

“I cannot thank Comedy Central enough for letting us continue,” said Hardwick. “If they hadn’t, you can damn well bet that I would have forced people to come over to my house to play it anyway, for no audience, so everyone is thankful we dodged that bullet.”

The second season order for “@midnight” is for a 40-week season that will run through 2015.

“@midnight” is produced by Funny Or Die and exec produced by Hardwick, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Mike Farah, Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler, Jon Zimelis, Jack Martin and Alex Murray and co-exec produced by Joe Farrell. Hardwick and Murray are also working with “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Lopez Tonight’s” Robert Morton to produce a magic-themed weekly variety show pilot for Comedy Central.

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