Chris Hardwick, aka the Hard in Hard 'N Phirm, aka @nerdist, broke news minutes ago via Twitter that he would not be able to make his live comedy gigs this weekend at SXSW in Austin because…he just got hired to host the pilot for the new game show, The Whole 19 Yards, for the CBS television network. Hardwick said he couldn't divulge much info about the show, other than he's working across the lot from Wheel of Fortune. But the Internets have told us that Endemol is behind the project, and was seeking potential contestants last month via Craigslist. Top prize of $50,000. J. Rupert Thompson, veteran producer/director of Fear Factor, Wipeout, Kid Nation and the revamp of American Gladiators, is directing.

We need whole personalities. Types that come to mind are but not limited to: 

– Athletic girls who can kick some butt! 
– Hot girls with athletic moves! Tuff girls 
– Huge personalities 
– People with abs of steel 
– People with cool jobs 
– People who make us laugh 
– Moms 

Looking for big energy people 21-99. You can win huge money. 

This is a on stage game show. NO GROSS STUNTS 

We need people with BRAINS and people who are Athletic. If you are both then great but if you brain that brawn or vise versa that is great also.

The ad for men also mentioned the need for athletic types. So. Are you ready to see Chris Hardwick back on a game show? I am. After all, Hardwick's big break came via MTV's dating romp, Singled Out (with co-host Jenny McCarthy). Hardwick also makes regular appearances as the resident tech guy and substitute host on G4's Attack of the Show (AOTS). So please excuse his absence in Austin this weekend. Thank you.