AMC has ordered a pop culture-focused late-night talk show, Geeking Out (w/t), featuring hosts Kevin Smith (pictured, left) and Greg Grunberg (right).
The 30-minute program, which is produced by Matador Content and The Weinstein Company in association with Bandwagon Media, will feature in-depth conversations about current popular culture through a “fanboy lens” by utilizing clips, celebrity interviews and out-of-the-studio segments.
The series is set to premiere in late July with an episode dedicated to San Diego’s Comic-Con International, and with eight additional episodes slated to run in late summer.
Matador’s Jay Peterson, The Weinstein Company’s Patrick Reardon, Smith and Grunberg serve as executive producers. Overseeing the series for AMC are Eliot Goldberg, senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming; Marco Bresaz, vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming; and Kelly Nash, director of non-fiction and alternative programming.
The series follows AMC’s strategic return to factual after having commissioned the 6 x 60-minute cross-country motorcycle travelogue Ride with Norman Reedus in October.
The network’s unscripted slate also includes talk show The Talking Dead; Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men; the documentary The American West from executive producers Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn with Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment; as well as docu-drama The Making of The Mob: New York, which returns with a second season in 2016 with The Making of The Mob: Chicago.
“As part of our growing non-fiction slate, we wanted to create a broadly entertaining venue for hardcore fans and general viewers where we can break down all things fanboy on a weekly basis,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “And we wanted to bring those fans great interviews and exclusive looks into the world of fanboy culture.”