Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live—a talk show hosted by network exec Andy Cohen, with a guest roster (mostly) made up of Bravo reality stars, on which everyone (mostly) discusses Bravo shows—has proved a huge success for the network, pulling in an average of 1.5 million viewers last season. Now AMC, home of the highbrow yet equally discussable drama, is considering launching its own postgame talk show, and has even hired the WWHL team to produce it.
Sources told New York magazine’s Vulture blog that AMC commissioned WWHL executive producer Michael Davies and his Embassy Row Productions to shoot a pilot for an AMC-themed series several weeks ago. Chris Hardwick, blogger for the Nerdist and former MTV personality, hosted the pilot episode, featuring a discussion of The Walking Dead.
Because of the pilot’s focus on The Walking Dead, Vulture ventures a guess that if AMC decides to move forward with the show—which it would probably do in the next few weeks—it would premiere when The Walking Dead returns in October. And because it’s still in pilot stage, there could be changes to the format, and Hardwick could be replaced.
A talk show could easily be a hit for AMC: the network’s dramas already have a legion of devoted fans that go online to discuss new episodes immediately after they air, and it’s not hard to imagine that they’d be willing to stick around for an extra half hour to hear analysis from the shows’ stars themselves. And it would undoubtedly be preferable to the current alternative—a repeat of the same show or whatever questionable '90s flick the network now considers an “American movie classic.”