Chris Hardwicke's At Midnight is calling it a day, next month. Hardwick is arguably the hardest working man in show business. In addition to his near-constant stand-up comedy tours, Hardwick also runs the Nerdist empire of websites and podcasts, hosts Talking Dead after shows for both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, hosts NBC's game show The Wall, and last but not least hosts Comedy Central's weeknight social media-based game show At Midnight.
Famous for its popular interactive Twitter game Hashtag Wars, At Midnight features a different nightly panel of three comedians who are tasked by host Hardwick with playing various games based on social media, tech trends, politics, pop culture, and the day's news in general. The comics compete for points, which are proudly arbitrary, as Hardwick awards whatever amounts he feels like at whenever times he fills like, then the winner is ultimately decided by the live studio audience. Hardwick is also fond of altering the rules, if the mood strikes.
Well, Hardwick's plate is about to get a little lighter, as Deadline reports that At Midnight will soon come to an end. The show will continue airing new episodes for the time being, with At Midnight's final week kicking off on July 31, and ending with a series finale broadcast on Friday, August 4. This will end At Midnight with a nice round 600-episode run. At Midnight usually only airs Monday-Thursday, but it seems that the series will get five episodes that week in order to hit the 600 mark.
Before angry fans rush off to insult Comedy Central on social media, At Midnight's end is said to be a mutual decision made by the network, host and executive producer Hardwick, and production company Funny or Die. In a statement to Deadline, Hardwick says that he feels the show "ran its course" and that he isn't sure how many more hashtag games they had left in them. Hardwick does however stress that he will miss awarding points.
With Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper's new spinoff soon set to take over the 11:30pm slot that At Midnight has awkwardly resided in since last year's cancellation of the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Comedy Central has no definite plans in place for what might occupy the 12am slot going forward. Donald Trump spoof The President Show is reportedly a contender for the spot, but nothing is certain as of yet.
At Midnight ends its Comedy Central run on August 4.