AMC said today that it has ordered a late-night talk show to be hosted by filmmaker/fanboy Kevin Smith and Heroes alum and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Greg Grunberg. The 30-minute Geeking Out (working title) will take a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and feature talk, clips, celebrity interviews and out-of-the-studio segments.
The show is expected to premiere with a special episode covering San Diego’s Comic-Con in late July, with eight more episodes to run weekly starting in late summer. Matador Content and The Weinstein Company are producing in association with Bandwagon Media.
“Kevin and Greg are both true fans of this content and share a deep passion for talking about it and engaging other fans about it,” said Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV. “But it is their natural chemistry as hosts that really brings this idea together. As part of our growing non-fiction slate, we wanted to create a broadly entertaining venue for hardcore fans and general viewers where we can break down all things fanboy on a weekly basis, and we wanted to bring those fans great interviews and exclusive looks into the world of fanboy culture.”
“AMC has been my TV family for five seasons of ‘Comic Book Men’ now, so I know that ‘Geeking Out’ is in the perfect, fan-friendly network hands,” said Smith, who also praised Grunberg’s nerd bonafides. “And to make it even more of a family affair, ‘Geeking Out’ lets me work with the Weinsteins again – the two guys who started my career 22 years ago! I’m lucky to be working at all, let alone working with friends and family on a dream show where all we do is talk about all the media that makes us moist!”
Grunberg similarly lauded the show’s friends and family connections. “I get all my work from my friends. Now it’s time for me to take advantage of those relationships even more,” said Grunberg. “I am going to get every single genre-based writer, director and actor I know to come on our show and geek out with us. And they’re going to thank me for it. I love how Kevin Smith smells and we fit together like two hibernating fan-bears.”
Jay Peterson, Patrick Reardon, Smith and Grunberg serve as executive producers of Geeking Out. Eliot Goldberg, Marco Bresaz and Kelly Nash are overseeing for AMC.