AMC is going all in on their relationship with writer/director Kevin Smith, renewing the series Comic Book Men while also putting 2 more shows from him into production…
Kevin Smith likes to refer to himself as ‘that Clerks guy’ but soon enough he may have to change that to ‘the AMC guy’ because the writer/director has a slew of new projects developing at the cable network.
First up is the reality series Comic Book Men, which Smith stars in alongside childhood friends Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, based out of his own comic book shop ‘Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash’ in Red Bank, NJ. The show has been renewed for a season 4 that will kick off later this year on AMC. Comic Book Men has been a solid performer for AMC raking in just over 1 million viewers per episode running at midnight on Sunday nights following airings of The Walking Dead.
In addition to Comic Book Men being renewed, AMC has also given the green light to a pilot project for Smith’s podcast turned TV show ‘Hollywood Babble-On’, which he co-hosts with comedian/actor Ralph Garman. The popular podcast features Garman and Smith breaking down any number of pop culture subjects, and the series being developed for AMC would be a late night comedy show that ideally would run once a week. Depending on popularity, however, AMC executives could bump that order up to as much as a nightly show if things go well.
The third Smith-centric project in development at AMC is another reality show, this time circling around Comic Book Men favorite Rob Bruce. The idea is to send Bruce along with some of his nerd-tastic friends as they go on a treasure hunt at auctions, estate sales and other corners of the world looking for rare, geek collectibles.
‘Hollywood Babble-On’ and the new show following Rob Bruce will go into development from AMC later this year.