Presenting the Nerdist Channel Lineup, Live From WonderCon 2012
by Perry Michael Simon on March 16, 2012
If you weren’t at the Nerdist Industries panel at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim Friday afternoon, you missed a lot. You missed the unveiling of the lineup for the Nerdist Channel, you missed some of the stars of the new network talking about their shows and answering audience questions, and you missed this press conference, at which Chris Hardwick told a throng of reporters about the Nerdist Channel until one reporter just couldn’t take it anymore:
Yes, that reporter, he’s so pushy. And large, and oddly fuzzy.
The panel included Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht, Justin Donaldson, Matt Mira, Chloe Dykstra, Emily Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, Steve Agee, and Chris, and they talked about their own shows, and, for some reason, they talked about “Cheaters,” which is not on the Nerdist Channel. The attendees got an overview of what they can expect from the Nerdist Channel, including a look at the whole lineup.
Oh, right, the complete lineup. We haven’t given you the complete lineup. So, for the first time anywhere (outside the panel), here it is, our Nerdist Channel lineup:
At launch, you’ll see:
“Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles,” the TV version of the website you know and love-or-hate-or-both;
“Chris Hardwick’s All Star Bowling,” which… oh, you know what this will be. Chris will follow in his father’s Hall of Fame footsteps, in a manner of speaking, by bowling in a two-on-two faceoff at the All Star Arena, the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel’s Spare Room lounge, Team Nerdist vs. guest stars for charity;
“Comic Book Club Live,” the video version of the podcast from the Nerdist Network, with your hosts Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben;
“Cute Things Exploding,” which is self-explanatory;
“Face to Face with Weird Al Yankovic,” an interview show with hard-hitting journalist Weird Al Yankovic asking questions and getting answers;
“Kids in the Hall,” which YES PLEASE. Classic sketches with interviews and anecdotes from the legendary team, hosted by Chris himself;
“Puppet for President,” taking the Marvin E. Quasniki campaign to another level. See the Henson puppet’s speeches, interviews, and searing commentary on the toughest issues of the day;
And “Weird S#!t from Japan,” which is about weird shit from Japan.
There’ll also be some existing content available, including webisodes from the Jim Henson Company’s own “Farscape” and the ape detective show “S.U.D.S. (Simian Undercover Detective Squad).”
And that’s far from all. Coming soon:
“The Awkward Family Show,” a video show based on the Awkward Family Photos website, greeting card line at Target, and board game;
“Four Points with Alex Albrecht,” on which Alex is joined by three other panelists to comment on four weekly topics of the Nerdist genre;
“Gif Gif City,” animated gif characters placed in real-life situations;
“Gumball 3000 with The Dudesons,” with the Finnish crazies participating in the Gumball 3000 road rally accompanied by a Nerdist reporter who, it is hoped, has really good health insurance;
“Hero Complex with Geoff Boucher,” the video edition of the Los Angeles Times’ blog covering the world of the kind of entertainment you love;
“Just Cos,” with Matt Mira and Chloe Dykstra hitting the road to look at cosplayers at conventions across America;
“Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown,” a magic show on the streets hosted by the guy who Will Ferrell called a witch and USA TODAY called “like a magician, but cooler”;
“Neil Patrick Harris’ Puppetopia,” which is… NPH with puppets. In his dreams. Perfect;
“Nerdterns,” a scripted comedy with the actual interns at Meltdown Comics in L.A.;
“Ralph Cirella Show,” with the host of “Geek Time” on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM Howard 101 channel;
“Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” a video version of the radio show hosted by everyone’s favorite amazingly brilliant and funny and did I say amazing? Amazing guy;
“Tournament of Nerds” with Justin Donaldson, based on the hilarious competition that’s been delighting nerds at the UCB Theater in L.A.;
“Untitled Rob Zombie Project,” which is a mockumentary about a washed-up musician, written and directed by, obviously, Rob Zombie;
Plus existing episodes of “Nanna & Lil Puss Puss,” the animated series that ran on Comedy Central in 1995.
Now, that’s a lineup.