Chris Hardwick will be talking “Dead” — and other things — for the foreseeable future. The comedian has just inked a deal with AMC to host and executive produce “multiple programs” for the network over the next three years, according to AMC.
Hardwick, who also has a gig hosting Comedy Central’s “@midnight” panel show, already emcees “Talking Dead,” the “Walking Dead” aftershow that beats the stuffing out of its timeslot competition, and various other iterations of the “Talking” franchise (“Talking Saul,” “Talking Preacher”). It’s the highest-rated talk show on TV in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
So it’s a no-brainer for AMC to keep Hardwick close. “There is simply nobody better than Chris Hardwick at doing what he does,” AMC programming head Joel Stillerman said in a statement. “He’s first and foremost a true fan, and his contagious enthusiasm for AMC content, along with his expertise of all things pop culture, his humor, and his engaging interview style have made him a post-show staple for AMC’s viewers.”
Hardwick’s relationship with AMC began in 2011 with the dawn of “Talking Dead,” introducing fandom to the concept of the immediate televised recap that has since spread like wildfire, first to other AMC series like “Breaking Bad,” then to other series with supremely active fanbases like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and, most recently, USA’s “Mr. Robot.”
Hardwick is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Brillstein Entertainment Partners will also produce all of Hardwick’s forthcoming shows.