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Comedy Central Renews ‘@Midnight with Chris Hardwick’ Through 2017

The late-night pop culture show will continue (for now) to air at 11:30 p.m., in the slot formerly held by "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore."


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Comedy Central has singled out “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” for another season.

The late-night pop culture comedy show has been given a fourth season pick-up – which means another 40 weeks of original episodes to run through 2017. “@Midnight” currently airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET (behind “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” in the slot formerly held by “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”), but Comedy Central hasn’t made a final decision on whether the show will remain there or eventually make room for another show and return to its namesake slot.

“@Midnight” is coming off its second consecutive Emmy win for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Social TV Experience.

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“We are really pleased with how Chris and team have opened the aperture of ‘@midnight’ to cover more of the socially and politically relevant topics of the day, and I defy anyone to find a show with a higher joke-per-minute ratio,” said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman.

Hardwick, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant executive produce “@midnight,” along with Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell; Serious Business’ Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis; and Alex Murray of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Showrunner is Jack Martin.

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In picking up another season of “@midnight,” Comedy Central touted the show’s social media bona fides: #HashtagWars regularly appears as a trending topic on Twitter, and the show’s “Trump vs. Bernie @midnight Presidential Debate” hit 6 million views on YouTube, which Comedy Central said is its most-viewed clip of 2016 on that platform. The show has the youngest median age (39) and most male (64%) audience of any daily late-night talk show and ranks No. 3 with Men 18-24 and No. 5 with Men 18-34 in all of late night.

“I love making ‘@midnight’ and we will continue to innovate inappropriate jokes about social media and pop culture in the late-night landscape,” Hardwick said.

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