Chris Hardwick is back, and he’s not going to let Supernatural Saturday go by without at least talking about the upcoming continuation of “Doctor Who.”
Hardwick, who hosts “The Nerdist” on BBC America, returns for a new season March 30 and will welcome both Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will make their regular run debut together on “Doctor Who.” They will join an opening night lineup that also includes former “Lost” and Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan as well as Tatiana Maslaney from “Orphan Black.”
Coleman joins “Doctor Who” full-time this year, stepping in after the departure of popular companions Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. Coleman appeared in the current season premiere in a surprise guest spot where she played a Dalek, and then showed up in the Christmas special, crossing paths with The Doctor once again.
A more modern version of Coleman’s character, Clara, will debut when “Doctor Who” returns March 30, just ahead of the premiere “Nerdist” broadcast.
“The Nerdist” is a geek form of late-night talk hosted by Hardwick, best known for his character acting work in shows like “Married … With Children,” “House of 1,000 Corpses” and “CSI.” He is joined on the show by Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, all with the mission of helping everyday stars “channel their inner nerd.”
Among other guests joining “The Nerdist” this season are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Rooker, Guillermo del Toro and Buzz Aldrin. Among the topics you can expect them to talk about include clones, space travel and even zombie survival tactics.
“The Nerdist” began as a podcast featuring Hardwick, Mira and Ray in 2010 and was picked up for television a year later. The third season of the show is the longest yet after producing three episodes in Season 1 and five in Season 2.
“The Nerdist” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on BBC America.