AMC has announced that Chris Hardwick will be the host of Talking Bad, their new after-show for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad. It makes sense since Hardwick already hosts their Walking Dead post-show, Talking Dead.
What doesn’t make as much sense (at least for viewers) is that Breaking Bad returns on August 11th at 9pm. Talking Bad will debut on the same night but at 11pm. The cable channel is hoping that you won’t mind watching their new drama Low Winter Sun first.
Here’s the press release:
AMC ANNOUNCES CHRIS HARDWICK AS HOST OF “TALKING BAD”
LIVE AFTER-SHOW ACCOMPANIES FINAL 8 EPISODES OF “BREAKING BAD”
BOTH SHOWS PREMIERE ON AMC AUGUST 11TH
New York, NY – July 21, 2013 – AMC announced today that Chris Hardwick will host “Talking Bad,” a weekly, half-hour live after-show and companion piece for its Emmy(R) Award-winning series, “Breaking Bad.” “Talking Bad” will analyze and examine every detail of “Breaking Bad’s” final eight episodes beginning Sunday, August 11 at 11pm ET/PT, and is produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row in association with Sony Pictures Television.
“Talking Bad” features Hardwick spending time with fans, actors, producers and tv enthusiasts, recapping the most recent “Breaking Bad” episode, and taking questions and comments from viewers. Fans may continue to engage with the after-show following the on-air conclusion, online, at amc.com for more videos, weekly polls and photo galleries of the guests featured on the series.
“We have had so much success with Chris Hardwick and ‘Talking Dead,’ the show-talking-about-a-show that attracted more than five million live viewers after last season’s ‘The Walking Dead’ finale,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. “An after-show hosted by Chris seemed like the perfect way to pay homage to and countdown the final eight episodes of ‘Breaking Bad,’ giving fans the opportunity to come together and talk about the end of this iconic series brought to life by creator Vince Gilligan and his amazing cast and crew.”
Chris Hardwick commented, “‘Breaking Bad’ will go down as one of the best shows in television history. Obviously, it’s tonally much different than ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I will strive to give ‘Breaking Bad’ the send off it deserves. I am honored to be able to give fans a peek behind the curtain for the last eight episodes so we can all say goodbye to it together. AMC will tell you that it’s because of the success of ‘Talking Dead’ or my friendship with the BB cast that they asked me to host this, but I maintain it probably has more to do with my unmistakable resemblance to Jesse Pinkman, BITCH.”
On Sunday, August 11 at 9PM, “Breaking Bad” kicks-off its final eight episodes. From acclaimed writer, producer, director Vince Gilligan, the series is produced by Sony Pictures Television with Mark Johnson (Gran Via) and Michelle MacLaren serving as executive producers. “Breaking Bad” has garnered seven Primetime Emmy(R) Award wins and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012). Recently, “Breaking Bad” received 13 nominations — the most in the series’ history — for the 2013 Emmys(R). The explosive series that The Hollywood Reporter called “one of the greatest dramas in TV history,” returned to AMC for the first part of its final season on July 15, 2012 with its most watched episode to date with 2.9 million viewers (up 14% over the season four premiere). “Breaking Bad” stars three-time Emmy(R) Award-winner Bryan Cranston; two-time Emmy(R) winner Aaron Paul; Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk.
Following “Breaking Bad” is the premiere of AMC’s newest original series, “Low Winter Sun” at 10pm ET. Throughout “Low Winter Sun,” the network will air interstitials about the upcoming episode of “Talking Bad,” which will culminate at 11pm with the live premiere. Starring Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty) and Lennie James (“The Walking Dead,” “Jericho,” Snatch), “Low Winter Sun” is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. The series is a co-production from Endemol Studios and AMC Studios. Chris Mundy (“Criminal Minds,” “Cold Case”) serves as Executive Producer and Writer.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” Its newest series, “Low Winter Sun,” premieres this summer. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Comic Book Men,” “Small Town Security,” “Talking Dead,” and “Freakshow.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 14 countries and also maintains offices in 33 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.
What do you think? Is Hardwick a good choice? Will you be watching?