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[10/07/16 - 09:09 AM]
Comedy Central Renews Two-Time Emmy(R)-Winning "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" for Fourth Season
The fourth season order of "@midnight" is a 40-week run that will air throughout 2017.

[via press release from Comedy Central]

COMEDY CENTRAL(R) RENEWS "@MIDNIGHT WITH CHRIS HARDWICK" FOR FOURTH SEASON; TWO-TIME EMMY(R)-AWARD WINNING LATE-NIGHT SERIES CONTINUES THROUGH 2017

"@midnight" Boasts the Youngest Median Age and Highest Social Engagement Among all Late-Night Talk Shows

Episodes Currently Available on cc.com and the Comedy Central App

NEW YORK, October 7, 2016 - Fresh off its second straight Emmy(R) win, the late-night curator of the internet's freshest pop culture moments keeps the jokes coming as Comedy Central has renewed "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" for a fourth season, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central. The fourth season order of "@midnight" is a 40-week run that will air throughout 2017.

Airing Monday-Thursday in its new timeslot at 11:30 P.M. after "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" is executive produced by Hardwick, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant; Mike Farah and Joe Farrell for Funny Or Die; Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis of Serious Business; showrunner Jack Martin; and Alex Murray of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Gary Mann and Tara Schuster are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central. The series recently received their second consecutive Emmy(R) Award for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Social TV Experience."

"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 Alterman.

"I LOVE making '@midnight' and we will continue to innovate inappropriate jokes about social media and pop culture in the late-night landscape," said Hardwick. "I'm proud to get to work with this amazing team for another year, and hopefully beyond!"

Dominating the social media landscape unlike any series in the late-night arena with a dedicated digital production team responsible for creating and sharing content across all platforms, "@midnight" is the most social of the late-night talk shows on Twitter with the series' signature #HashtagWars consistently landing as Twitter's top Trending Topic, both nationally and worldwide. The series is engaging on other social platforms as well with the Trump vs. Bernie @midnight Presidential Debate reaching 6 million views, the most viewed clip of 2016 for Comedy Central on YouTube, and some of Comedy Central's most shared Facebook posts with the Golden Girls theme song with Trump, Putin and Pence reaching 40 million people with 330,000 shares. On-air "@midnight" reaches the youngest (median age: 39 years), most male (64%) audience of any daily late-night talk show and ranks #3 with Men 18-24 and #5 with Men 18-34 in all of late-night.

"@midnight with Chris Hardwick," the Emmy(R)-Award winning multiplatform late night series, celebrates everything the internet dishes up on a nightly basis by taking on the best pop culture moments that the worlds of social and digital have to offer. During each episode, Hardwick leads three panelists through a series of meme-worthy topics in a fast-paced survey of the day online. The world's best comedic minds compete against each other in segments like Etsy Pitchmen, Buzzspeed, Panderdome and our signature Hashtag Wars, skewering how pop and politics use and abuse social media, as they vie to win the Internet.

Guest panelists that have appeared on the show include Judd Apatow, Fozzie Bear, Doug Benson, Jason Biggs, Neal Brennan, Hannibal Buress, LeVar Burton, Ice Cube, Andy Daly, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, James Franco, Ilana Glazer, Seth Green, Jon Hamm, Jonah Hill, Abbi Jacobson, Keegan-Michael Key, Kyle Kinane, David Koechner, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Rob Riggle, Seth Rogen, R2-D2, Kristen Schaal, David Spade, Ben Stiller, Amber Tamblyn, Channing Tatum, Aisha Tyler, Jeff Tweedy, David Wain, Wil Wheaton, and Weird Al Yankovic along with the casts of "RENO 911!," and "The Walking Dead."

Available on-air, online and on-the-go via the Comedy Central App, Comedy Central (www.cc.com) is the #1 brand in comedy and is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIAB).

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in 180 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (UK), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.5 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at blog.viacom.comand Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.





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