AMC announced yesterday that they will be airing a talk show dedicated to and following the second season premiere of “The Walking Dead” on October 16th. The talk show is to be entitled “Talking Dead” and will feature host Chris Hardwick dissecting the previous episode, and talking with producers, writers, and actors of the main series, as well as fans and “TV aficionados.” After premier night, the fan service project will air following the Friday night encore. Considering much of the recent news surrounding the “The Walking Dead,” especially concerning its budget, it is intriguing that the network continues to spend more than its fair share on marketing in spite of the worries about whether the zombie serial can sustain itself.
Still, if AMC is going to do this internet-dialogue-as-filtered-through-sanitized-television concept, Chris Hardwick is the perfect Nerdist makes good host. Readers between ages 25-35 probably know him best as the former co-host of MTV’s “Singled Out” with Jenny McCarthy (and then Carmen Electra). But with his geeky and grounded podcast, as well as being the best “Attack of the Show” personality (guest or otherwise), Hardwick has shown adept at having interesting conversations with creative people without missing the big topics or being too insidery to alienate non-industry folks. I find the idea of a talk show specifically about an ongoing television series broadcasting and produced on the same network to be fishy at best, but I believe in Chris Hardwick. So, the first episode may be worth watching just to see if “Talking Dead” even works.
This Saturday will be a good test run for Hardwick as BBC America airs the pilot of the Nerdist TV show, with podcast cohorts Matt Mira and Jonah Ray and special guests Matt “Doctor Who” Smith and Craig “Craigy Ferg” Ferguson. Here’s a sneak peek (and I sincerely hope they get to keep the theme song):
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and follows @Nerdist on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He wishes he were as cool as Chris Hardwick, including having an almost perfect porn name.