The No. 1 talk show on television — and we’d be surprised if you can name it right off the bat — is getting a spinoff. AMC announced that “Talking Dead,” which the cable network says is No. 1, has spawned a new show, “Talking with Chris Hardwick.”
The new show premieres Sunday, April 9, at 11 p.m. on AMC, following the season seven finale of “The Walking Dead.” Produced by Embassy Row, the show will expand “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick’s presence on the network and extend the franchise when “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” are not in season, AMC announced.
“Each 60-minute episode will feature an in-depth conversation between Hardwick and a single guest or cast. While ‘Talking Dead’ focuses exclusively on ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ episodes of ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’ will feature a wide breadth of guests and highlight Hardwick’s singularly irreverent and authentic take on today’s pop culture landscape,” AMC says in the announcement.
Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, says in the announcement: “Chris Hardwick is just the ultimate fan guide, advocate and conversationalist. He took our desire to serve the fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ with an hour of discussion and analysis following each new episode and turned it into the #1 talk show on television, and a model that has been widely emulated but never quite duplicated, because Chris is the key. “Between ‘Talking Dead,’ his podcast and panel moderation at events like Comic-Con, there is just no one better at drawing out guests’ humanity, celebrating content and serving fans. We are looking forward to expanding our relationship with Chris through this new version of ‘Talking’ that will allow him to do what he does best — give our viewers a front row seat to some of the biggest topics in pop culture today and a host who has an incomparable affinity for the content they love.”
“Talking with Chris Hardwick” will air at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights when “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” are not in season. Along with hosting, Hardwick will executive produce alongside Michael Davies, Brandon Monk, Jen Patton and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray.
Said Hardwick: “‘Talking’ will have the skin of ‘Talking Dead,’ the soul of the Nerdist podcast and the guts of a Comic Con panel. I have loved learning how to do a talk show these last six years on ‘Talking Dead,’ but am eager to expand the format into other areas of pop culture.”