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More Nerdist Coming to BBC America

In case you missed, some more good news for those of you into mixing your media. Thanks to BBC America announcing another round of Nerdist TV specials, there's some more Podcasts/Television mixing coming your way.  Anounced via The Nerdist site, Hardwick, Ray and Mira will be producing six more podcast specials to air next year.  One of the episodes is slated to air Christmas Eve 2011 and will be 1-hour long.

There's no word yet about any changes to the format from the original pilot airing this past September.

Check-out the full announcement here.


The Nerdist TV Show Premieres

Chris Hardwick's podcast-turned-television-pilot, The Nerdist, premiered on BBC America this past weekend. The show featured appearances by Matt Smith and Craig Ferguson and a lot of Dr. Who talk. There's still no news yet on whether or not the show will receive a full season run.

Click here for links on watching the pilot episode.


Nerdist Pilot Taping Sets Date & Location

Yesterday Chris Hardwick announced the details on his Nerdist podcast-turned-TV-pilot taping.  According to his blog:

The show tapes on the evening of Tuesday, June 28th at E!/G4 Studios in LA. Our guest will be the SUPERLATIVELY fantastic Craig Ferguson (and possibly a special surprise or two). Would YOU like to be in the audience for this momentous Nerdist occasion? GOOD! I want you there! But I can only take 40 people, so here’s the deal if you want to join us…

The BBC America Nerdist pilot is looking for audience members for the taping. Although, the producers are only seeking 40 audience members. It may be too late, but Los Angeles locals interested in attending should check-out the full post for contact details.


Chris Hardwick Talks The Nerdist TV Upgrade

Chris Hardwick spoke with Philiana Ng from The Hollywood Reporter about his recently announced deal to host The BBC America's new Saturday night comedy block, Ministry of Laughs, and produce a pilot of The Nerdist podcast. Hardwick lets loose some early details on the plan for the podcast's possible television versions of the popular podcast. Hardwick plans for the television Nerdist to serve as another version of the audio-only show, with some minor format tweaks and additions.

The interview also covers Hardwick's excitement in working with BBC America and a few other interesting projects in the works. Lots of quality insight for Hardwick fans.

Check-out the complete interview here.


The Nerdist Live and Possibly On TV

The Nerdist gang recently announced a slew of live shows including a most likely packed Comic-Con live recording in July. On top of their heavy load of live shows in Southern California, head of Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick signed a television deal with BBC America to produce a pilot version of the popular Nerdist podcast.

The BBC America deal has Hardwick hosting its new Saturday night comedy programming block, "The Ministry of Laughs." Hardwick will produce segments to air throughout the night in between the various shows, including The Inbetweeners, Come Fly With Me and the United Kingdom's popular talk show, The Graham Norton Show

Here are a few details about The Nerdist podcast-turned-television show pilot (according to the official announcement):

The show will cover all things relative to geek culture from LA to London and feature celebrity guests with their own nerd obsessions. Hardwick will executive produce alongside K.P. Anderson and Jay James for Comcast Entertainment Studios.

Photo by Jordan NuttallThere's no direct mention of involvement, but we're hoping the current podcast co-hosts, comedians Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, find a way to stay along for the ride into television land. There's no word yet on when the pilot might take shape.

Having The Nerdist possibly make the television leap is another positive development for fans of comedy podcasts, in general. The legitimacy of the comedy podcast programming seems to be gaining steam. Scott Aukerman of Earwolf and Comedy Bang! Bang! has his own deal to develop his weekly podcast into a television show for IFC. These are examples of a few decision makers seeing creative value and a viable audience in the comedy podcast realm. This move from podcast medium to television might turn comedy podcasts into a natural incubator for new versions of the shows. It's not that one format is better than the other on creative terms. It's just that television has history and the numbers on its legitimacy side of the fence. Television has an established larger audience and that nifty little aspect of money making for the talent and producers involved. Pushing money and exposure to those involved is certainly a positive for the content producers and fans alike.

While you wait to hear about the television version of The Nerdist, check them out live. Here are the current live dates:

Thursday, May 26th: Robert Kirkman - The Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, CA

Friday, June 10th: PS Nation - The Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, CA

Saturday, July 23rd: The Nerdist Podcast at Comic-Con (Guests TBA) - 4th and B, San Diego, CA