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Hosts Like Chris Hardwick Take on Gigs Across Networks in Peak TV Era

13 April 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

We live in the Peak TV era — also the Peak Chris Hardwick era. In March, AMC announced that it had expanded Hardwick’s “Talking Dead” into a year-round entertainment talk show, and had signed a first-look development deal with the host. A month later, NBC ordered a new unscripted series, “The Awesome Show,” which would be hosted by Hardwick — just as NBC’s recently renewed “The Wall” is. Those moves came in the wake of Comedy Central’s decision last October to re-up it’s own Hardwick vehicle, late-night show “@midnight,” through 2017.

But Hardwick isn’t the only ubiquitous personality on TV. He’s one of several who have extended their empires across multiple brands as the television landscape has broadened. Next month, Fox will launch a “Love Connection” revival hosted by Andy Cohen of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live.” Steve Harvey is hosting “Little Big Shots” on NBC, and »

- Daniel Holloway

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