"Poker After Dark," a new NBC show hosted by former World Poker Tour (WPT) host Shana Hiatt, will debut early next year. The hour-long show featuring six professional poker players competing for a $120,000 first-place prize will air on Monday through Saturday each week starting Jan. 2 at 2:05 a.m. EST.
The series will feature several professional poker players including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Erick Lindgren, Jennifer Harman, Gus Hansen and more as they battle for the winner-takes-all cash prize in the back rooms of various casinos on the Las Vegas strip.
Each episode will feature an inside look at one of the six-player tables as it develops over the course of the week and results in a winner on Friday night. On Saturdays, Shana Hiatt and that week's winner will provide commentary and recap the week's events during a "director's cut" episode that will air after "Saturday Night Live."
"There's a vibrant late night audience looking for original programming," said Marc Graboff, NBC Universal Television West Coast president. "We felt this inside look at the professional poker scene is perfect for late night television and those viewers seeking an unique and original broadcast."