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AMC orders Chris Hardwick's 'All-Star Celebrity Bowling', more

AMC announced Friday it has ordered three new unscripted shows, with one starring the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan — an obvious choice for reality TV.

Corgan’s show is still untitled, but will be a docu-series focusing on his work with a Chicago-based wrestling league. The cable net also greenlit Chris Hardwick‘s All-Star Celebrity Bowling (adapted from his Web series of the same name) which is exactly what it sounds like: Jon Hamm and other Mad Men actors compete against The Talking Dead host in the pilot. And, if wrestling or bowling aren’t your thing, AMC also ordered Visionaries, which takes a look at how one company makes props and sets for everything from TV shows to commercials.

“These three new series represent AMC’s continuing push to find truly original ideas and explore fascinating worlds,” Eliot Goldberg, AMC’s senior vice president of unscripted programming, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to bring these three extremely entertaining series to viewers next year.”

Chris Hardwick gets a late night show on Comedy Central

Comedy Central just scribbled another line onto Chris Hardwick’s jam-packed dance card.

The 41-year-old comedian, who got his start hosting MTV’s dating show Singled Out in the mid ’90s, already produces his weekly Nerdist podcast, hosts AMC’s Walking Dead companion talk show Talking Dead, hosts a weekly Nerdist chat show on BBC America, runs Los Angeles’s Nerdist Theater, and voices one of the title characters on Nickelodeon’s upcoming cartoon Sanjay and Craig. And later this year, he’ll add another line to his resume: EW has confirmed that Comedy Central will launch a Hardwick-hosted late night show to air after The Colbert Report four nights a week, starting this fall. Deadline first reported the news. READ FULL STORY

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