“Premiering Thursday, January 17, King of the Nerds is primed to become television’s ultimate nerd-off..”
“Geek is the new cool”???? Are you freakin’ serious? Come up with that one all by yourself, did you, show marketer whose name I don’t know? Or perhaps you cribbed it from Bill Gates, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Steve Jobs, Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock, Stan Lee, or anybody who has attended Comic-Con in the past decade or so.
(The coolest geeks, by the way, are the ones who fit the classical definition: sideshow freaks who bite the heads off chickens. They know that’s not gonna be co-opted by the mainstream any time soon.)
Revenge of the Nerds‘ Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong will host, because they need the paychecks. Presumably there will be no lessons in Darth Vader-mask sexual deception.
The trailer is after the jump. One nerdy thing I will say about it is that if they were trying to duplicate the aesthetic of Nickelodeon game shows from our childhood like Double Dare, the mission may be accomplished. Aside from that, it looks like reinforcement of the worst cosplay stereotypes you can imagine.
Also George Takei’s in it. Which means this show’s going to be all over Facebook, and any contestant who praises Shatner will probably be punished.
Is it the next Big Bang Theory? Watch and you tell me…
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist