@midnight
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Also known as@midnight
GenreImprovisational comedy
Created by
Directed byRon de Moraes (2013)
Michael Dimich (2013–17)
Presented byChris Hardwick
Theme music composerMike Farrell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4 + 1 pilot season
No. of episodes600[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production locationsHollywood Center Studios, Los Angeles, California
EditorsClark Burnett
Asaf Eisenberg
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseOctober 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) –
August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)

@midnight with Chris Hardwick (shortened to and formerly exclusively titled @midnight) was an American late night Internet-themed panel game show, hosted by Chris Hardwick,[2] that aired Monday through Thursday nights between October 21, 2013 and August 4, 2017 on Comedy Central. @midnight with Chris Hardwick premiered on October 21, 2013.[3][4] It was syndicated internationally in Australia on SBS2 and The Comedy Channel, in the United Kingdom on Comedy Central Extra, and in Canada formerly on MuchMusic and later on The Comedy Network.

@midnight received a nomination for Outstanding Interactive Program at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.[5] It received a nomination and win for Outstanding Social TV Experience at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.[6]

On July 18, 2017, Comedy Central, Chris Hardwick, and Funny or Die mutually agreed to end @midnight with Chris Hardwick.[7] The final episode, the 600th, aired on August 4, 2017.[8]

Format

Three guests compete in a series of Internet-themed improv games. "Rapid Refresh" is a game where contestants craft a funny response or choose an answer based on an Internet meme or trending news headline. On Thursdays during the run-up to the 2016 presidential primaries, this round was alternately referred to as "Panderdome" and focused on the candidates' gaffes and antics.[9] Other games run daily include "Hashtag Wars" in which contestants buzz in with a phrase based on the given hashtag theme, and where fans can submit their own tweets which may show up in the game,[10] and "Live Challenges" where the contestants write their answers over the commercial break. Hardwick would shout "Points!" and give the contestants arbitrary amounts.[10]

Towards the end of the game, the third-place contestant is eliminated (with some rare exceptions), the scores are erased with a gesture, and the remaining two contestants play the final round called "FTW (For The Win)"[11] Hardwick would read a question and the contestants would write down a response. The responses would then be read back anonymously and the winner would be decided by one whose response generates the most laughter/applause from the studio audience. The winner "wins the Internet for the next 23.5 hours".[11]

Recurring games

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Other gimmicks

The @midnight website provided a complete list of guests who have appeared on the show to date with a leaderboard that indicated who appeared the most and who had the most wins.[12][13]

Production

The initial pilot for the show was called "Tweeter Dome" and was hosted by Thomas Lennon. It was revamped with Chris Hardwick as host, and trialed in the summer before airing at The Meltdown Comics store backroom. Lennon remained as co-executive producer throughout the run.[1]

The show was shot on Stage 2 of the Hollywood Center Studios, where the CBS series I Love Lucy was originally shot.[14]

Reception

During its initial 2013 run, the series averaged 453,000 viewers in the 18–49 ratings demographic, putting it above Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, E!'s Chelsea Lately, and TBS's The Pete Holmes Show.[15] It also had the youngest audience of any late-night television show.[16]

The week of February 17, 2014, was reported to be the show's highest rated to date; the show had 731,000 total viewers, and it tied The Daily Show as the most-watched late-night program on cable in the 18–34 demographic.[17]

Awards

Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Interactive Program Nominated
2015 Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Interactive Program Nominated
Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Social TV Experience Won
2016 Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Social TV Experience Won

Episodes

Main article: List of @midnight episodes

Year Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
2013 16 October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)
2014 160 January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06) December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18)
2015 161 January 5, 2015 (2015-01-05) December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
2016 161 January 4, 2016 (2016-01-04) December 15, 2016 (2016-12-15)
2017 102 January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03) August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b @midnight with Chris Hardwick. Episode 600. August 4, 2017. Comedy Central.
  2. ^ Ryan, Patrick (October 20, 2013). "Late-night Newcomers Hope to Enliven the Midnight Shift". USA Today. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Date of January 6 was announced by Chris Hardwick the same time of the announcement of the renewal.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 14, 2013). "Comedy Central's '@Midnight' Gets 40-Week Pickup". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". Emmy Awards. 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". Emmy Awards. 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 18, 2017). "@midnight With Chris Hardwick' To End Comedy Central Run After 600 Episodes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Bids Farewell in Star-Studded Finale". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  9. ^ ago, Hector Cruz8 months (October 31, 2016). "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, @midnight to go live on Election Night". lastnighton.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "10 Reasons Why We Love @midnight". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "This Chris Hardwick/@MIDNIGHT 'FTW' Supercut is Epic - Nerdist". nerdist.com. February 26, 2015. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "@midnight Guests". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Sean L. McCarthy (October 21, 2014). "Fake POINTS, real Leaderboard to track all of @Midnight's comedians". thecomicscomic.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "@midnight Shoots @Hollywood Center Studios". Creative COW. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  15. ^ Rose, Lacey (November 15, 2013). "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Renewed at Comedy Central". The Hollywood Reporter.
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 20, 2013). "Comedy Central's Newest Late-Night Hit '@Midnight' Returns Monday January 6". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 22, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 24, 2014). "@Midnight's Quiet Rise As Late-Night Talker Posts Highs Against Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  18. ^ a b c d "@midnight with Chris Hardwick: Awards & Nominations". Emmy Awards, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2017.