AMC Announces Chris Hardwick as Host of 'Talking Bad'

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July 21st, 2013


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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® 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 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® 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®.  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® Award-winner Bryan Cranston; two-time Emmy® 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.

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  • TV Addict

    This guy needs a real job.

  • JoshuaCanada

    I like Chris and I like the nerdist. I think he’s okay on Talking Dead as well but I think using him for Talking Bad is a bad idea. Too much Hardwick

  • merrranga

    i agree he’s fine, but not for this. their 2nd mistake is it obviously should be titled ‘Speaking Bad’

  • richard

    @ merrranga Yeah, they really need to change the title. It is terible. It is just very awkward.

    I also remember a few months ago wheny announced this show, I said they better not have Chris Hardwick hosting it, not really thinking that that could happen.

    Not that a show needs a “send off” because the show’s send off will be the last 8 episodes. And I don’t even think the show has been that good for years. But if this is someone’s idea of a send off, then Chris Hardwick is not a good choice. He works well with The walking Dead, I’ll admit. With this show, it will be very strange. Honestly, I just don’t think they need to do this. And again, I think Breaking Bad hasn’t been as good the last few years.

  • Minx

    More Hardwick for my tv?! YUMMY!

  • Devin

    I’m a huge fan of the Hardwick so I’m happy about this.

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