NEW YORK, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- BBC America says it has ordered a full season of "The Nerdist," a comedy-variety talk show based on Chris Hardwick's hit "Nerdist Podcast."
The 10-episode season will tape in Los Angeles and will premiere on the cable network in the spring. It will feature celebrity guests, U.K.- and U.S.-based correspondents, as well as stand-up and musical performances.
"We could not be more pleased to be expanding our relationship with Chris by ordering 'The Nerdist' series with an exciting new format," Perry Simon, general manager of channels for BBC Worldwide America, said in a statement. "Ever since early 2011, Chris has brought his loyal legion of fans to BBC America through his successful 'Nerdist' specials and, as America's No. 1 'Doctor Who' fan, hosting countless 'Doctor Who'-related events for our channel."
"As a huge fanboy of nerd culture stuff, we at the 'Nerdist Podcast' gush about the things we love constantly, and the fact that BBCA lets us do that as our jobs puts me forever in their debt," Hardwick said. "They have been exceptional at allowing us to grow the show and its audience. Plus, I've met three Doctors since I started working there. 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."