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NBC Orders Chris Hardwick’s The Awesome Show


NBC has commissioned six episodes of The Awesome Show, a new series hosted, developed and executive produced by Chris Hardwick that will showcase groundbreaking scientific and technological advances.

Each episode of The Awesome Show will highlight stories of revolutionary scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future. The show will also celebrate the pioneers at the forefront of these innovations. Mark Burnett and Alex Murray will executive produce alongside Hardwick. The Silicon Valley institution Singularity University is also on board the series. The Awesome Show will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Fish Ladder and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

“The opportunity to develop a prime-time show that celebrates science and technology was too good to pass up,” Hardwick said. “I started Nerdist ten years ago as a tech news site. I was a contributor to Wired magazine for several years and hosted Wired Science on PBS. It is very important to me to make something that positively promotes these topics in order to share humanity’s triumphs, to instill hope for our future and to inspire the next generation of young thinkers.”

“Innovation and discovery is something anyone at any age can participate in, and to be able to highlight and inspire an audience is very exciting,” said Mark Burnett, the president of Television Group and Digital at MGM. “Chris Hardwick has the perfect balance of humor and knowledge when it comes to exploring the depths of what is possible, and the audience will be entertained while at the same time having their minds blown!”

“By highlighting the pioneers of tomorrow, who dare to think differently to improve the way we live, work, play, move and communicate, Chris Hardwick and his team will help us navigate the future in a hilarious and uplifting way,” said Meredith Ahr, the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “This will be a first-of-its-kind series that will bring the whole family together and start conversations about things that truly matter.”

“At Singularity University we believe in the power of technology to positively impact the world and create an abundant future,” said Rob Nail, CEO and associate founder of Singularity University. “We’re proud to be partnering with NBC to bring uplifting and important new perspectives into people’s living rooms and lives across the world.”

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