March 24, 2013 11:03am PT by Philiana Ng
BBC America's 'Nerdist' Talk Show Unveils Star-Studded Lineup
UPDATE: On April 5, BBC America announced more guests set to appear on The Nerdist. Jon Hamm, Eliza Dushku, Joe Manganiello, Betsy Brandt, Jack McBrayer, Ben Schwartz, Kumail Nanjiani and Morena Baccarin will also appear, with stand-up performances by Paul F. Tompkins, Maria Bamford, Rory Scovel, Katie Crown and Joe Keckler. The season finale will air June 1.
Original story below.
BBC America has announced the lineup for Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist series.
The cable network will kick off the 10-episode season March 30 with Dominic Monaghan, Doctor Who's Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, as part of its "Supernatural Saturday"-themed programming block. The second episode, airing April 6, will feature guests Robert Kirkman, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan.
Who else will be joining Hardwick and regular contributors Matt Mira and Jonah Ray?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Elijah Wood, Buzz Aldrin, Evan Goldberg, Katee Sackhoff, Tatiana Maslany, Guillermo Del Toro, Gillian Jacobs and Bobak Ferdowsi are just some of the bold-faced names dropping by the show in the new season.
Comedians Ron Funches, Rob Huebel, Matt Kirshen, Natasha Leggero, Kyle Kinane and Paul Scheer also are slated to appear.
Nerdist began as a slew of one-hour pop culture specials, and films in Los Angeles. In December, BBC America gave a full-season order to Nerdist, ordering 10 episodes to complement its originals on Saturdays, which will include the debut of Orphan Black. Hardwick is no stranger to leading talk shows centered on well-regarded geek properties: He hosts AMC's The Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead.
The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios. Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson serve as executive producers.
The first two episodes below:
EPISODE ONE – MARCH 30
Guests Include: Wild Things host Dominic Monaghan, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and comedian Matt Kirshen.
EPISODE TWO – APRIL 6
Guests Include: From The Walking Dead, creator Robert Kirkman and actor Michael Rooker, celebrity correspondent and Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan and comedian, Kyle Kinane.
The Nerdist premieres at 10 p.m. March 30 on BBC America.