Chris Hardwick and his wife Lydia Hearst attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills on February 26. "Talking with Chris Hardwick" is to debut on AMC on April 9. Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo
March 1 (UPI) -- Comedian and television personality Chris Hardwick is expanding his Talking... universe.
AMC said Wednesday Talking with Chris Hardwick, a 60-minute show featuring in-depth conversations between Hardwick and a single guest or cast, will air at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights when The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead -- as well as Hardwick's analysis program Talking Dead -- are not in season.
"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 No. 1 talk-show on television, and a model that has been widely emulated but never quite duplicated, because Chris is the key," Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said in a statement. "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 will have the skin of Talking Dead, the soul of the Nerdist podcast and the guts of a Comic-Con panel," added Hardwick. "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."
Talking with Chris Hardwick is to premiere April 9, a week after the Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead.