BBC America has signed comedian, writer and web personality Chris Hardwick to host the channel’s new Saturday night comedy block, Ministry of Laughs, and has committed to a pilot/special based on Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast. The pilot, a panel talk show hosted by Hardwick and featuring celebrity guests talking about their nerd obsessions, will be a BBC America original. Hardwick will executive produce alongside K.P. Anderson and Jay James for Comcast Entertainment Studios. Additionally, Hardwick will emcee the Ministry of Laughs when it launches Saturday, June 18, featuring the latest season of the BAFTA-winning comedy The Inbetweeners, the new project from Little Britain creators and stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Come Fly With Me, and the UK’s biggest talk show, The Graham Norton Show.
This seems like Flip This House for the new economic reality: Spike TV has picked up six episodes of a new half-hour unscripted series, Flipping Foreclosures. The series stars the young, entrepreneurial duo of Utah-based Doug Clark and Mike Baird, who constantly roll the dice by buying and flipping foreclosed property. The series, executive produced and created by Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser) and 25/7 Prods, will debut in the fall.