9:11pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Comedy Central's '@midnight' to End After Four Seasons
Chris Hardwick's Comedy Central game show, @midnight, will come to an end after 600 episodes on the network, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
"Comedy Central and Chris Hardwick have mutually agreed the August 4th episode of @midnight will be the series finale," the network said in a statement. "We thank Chris, [executive producers] Tom Lennon, Ben Garant, and our partners at Funny Or Die, Serious Business and Brillstein Entertainment Partners for an incredible four seasons and 600 episodes of one of the best showcases for comedians on TV."
Launched in 2013, @midnight quickly became a late-night staple for Comedy Central as the Viacom-owned cable channel saw its late-night lineup undergo several major changes, most notably the end of The Colbert Report in 2014, Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show in 2015 and, most recently, the cancelation of Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show in August.
The network is next getting ready to launch Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper's show this fall following Trevor Noah's Daily Show. Earlier this year, Comedy Central also launched the weekly late-night offering The President Show, which features impersonator and comedian Anthony Atamanuik in character as President Donald Trump.
In the years since @midnight's launch, Hardwick has also seen his profile grow. His other hosting gigs include AMC's Talking Dead (as well as offshoots such as Talking Saul and Talking Preacher) and the recently launched Talking With Chris Hardwick. He also hosts NBC's game show The Wall from exec producer LeBron James. Hardwick is also partnering with NBC on a second alternative show, The Awesome Show.
"@midnight has meant the world to me these last four years. It has been a dream to come to work 600 times to make inappropriate jokes about the Internet with my fellow comedian friends. I could not be more proud of this show, staff and crew and at the end of the day, I think we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish. Spiritually it just feels like it ran its course — I'm not sure we had many more hashtag games in us (which may actually be a relief to anyone whose twitter feed gets overrun every night)," he said in a statement.
"I owe such a huge debt of gratitude to Comedy Central and [president] Kent [Alterman] for taking a chance on the show, always being great partners and allowing us to exit mutually, which is rarely a gift you are given in this business. I will certainly miss awarding POINTS! to people nightly, so please understand if you see me randomly shouting it at strangers in public after August 4th."
The change at Comedy Central comes in the midst of a bigger shake-up among Viacom's cable portfolio. In February, the company outlined a new plan that would focus on six core brands including MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Spike (soon to be Paramount Network) and Comedy Central.
In addition to @midnight, Funny Or Die's original series slate includes The Gorburger Show and Drunk History on Comedy Central, as well as tru TV's Billy on the Street, IFC's Brockmire, Fusion's The Chris Gethard Show and TV Land's Throwing Shade.