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Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' renewed for Season 2 by Comedy Central

'@midnight' host Chris Hardwick attends the Warner Bros. Pictures panel and presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California.
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Comedy Central has renewed late-night program "@midnight" for Season 2. Host Chris Hardwick made the announcement during an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Monday (Aug. 11), according to Entertainment Weekly.

The 40-week second season will air in 2015. This marks the second 40-week pickup for the Funny or Die-produced panel show that mixes social media and improv comedy, and features a rotating roster of comedians and performers. The first came in November following the show's successful four-week trial run.

It has since continued to perform well in the ratings, particularly among younger viewers, averaging 769,000 viewers in the midnight time slot. It currently has the lowest median age (32 years) and highest concentration of men (68 percent) among late-night talk shows.

"People always ask me when ‘@midnight’ airs," joked Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central, in the cable network's official announcement.

Hardwick, a stand-up comic and former host of MTV's "Singled Out, is also the co-founder of Nerdist Industries, which includes a network of podcasts, and has hosted "Talking Dead" and "Talking Bad," post-shows for AMC's "Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad," respectively. He also does voice work for Nickelodeon's "Sanjay and Craig."

According to Variety, he is currently working on a magic-themed weekly variety show pilot for Comedy Central called "Sleight of Mouth" where magician and TV host Justin Willman ("Cupcake Wars") will "tackle thought-provoking topics with sketches, social experiments, guest comedians and interactive content."

"'@midnight’ has been an absolute dream come true for me — a game show of internet jokes with my comedian friends.” said Hardwick in a statement. “I cannot thank Comedy Central enough for letting us continue. If they hadn’t, you can damn well bet that I would have forced people to come over to my house to play it anyway, for no audience, so everyone is thankful we dodged that bullet.”

"@midnight" airs Monday-Thursday after "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central.

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