By Sahil Patel
Chris Hardwick’s digital network Nerdist Industries plans to increase its original content output this fall. The company, now owned by Legendary Entertainment, has unveiled a fresh programming slate featuring multiple new original series as well as an expansion of its popular podcast network.
Nerdist’s fall season begins with the weekly series “The Adventures of the Sweet Electric,” which launched yesterday. The series stars musician Liam Lynch and follows the adventures of a futuristic robot band called The Sweet Electric.
Joining “Sweet Electric” will be shows like “The Real Housewives of Horror,” a parody reality series from Kevin Pereira (G4’s “Attack of the Show”) and Brea Grant (“Heroes”) about the wives of famous monsters and serial killers, and “Scott Ian’s Bloodworks,” which will follow the Anthrax rocker as he visits some of the best special-effects houses in the entertainment business.
Nerdist also plans to roll out two cosplay-centric shows, the documentary series “Just Cosplay,” which premieres September 5, and “Origin Story,” which will debut on October 24. “Just Cosplay” will take viewers behind the scenes with some of the best cosplayers from events like Comic-Con and Pax Prime and show how they put their outfit together. “Origin Story” will feature Andrew Bowser, who will create and bring-to-life an original character based on fan suggestions over the course of a single weekend.
On the podcast front, Nerdist plans to debut video versions of some of its most popular podcast shows, including “The Nerdist Podcast,” “You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes,” and “Jonah Raydio.”
That’s not all, though. Nerdist will debut “Nerdist Presents” on September 10. The bi-monthly comedy series will feature one-off sketches, videos, parodies, and other bits covering pop culture topics ranging from “Doctor Who” to “Game of Thrones.” The network is also continuing its partnership with the Upright Citizens Brigade to co-create original comedy series and videos.
All of this is in addition to the shows that are already streaming on Nerdist.com and the network’s YouTube channel, including the Jessica Chobot-hosted “Nerdist News,” “Nerdist Play,” and “The Dan Cave.”