One of our favorite reality show “guilty pleasures” returns tonight — The King of the Nerds!
King of the Nerds is a reality game show: Eleven contestants live in a house (“Nerdvana”) and compete in challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, and pop culture knowledge, all in pursuit of a $100,000 prize. The show is hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, actors best known for playing Lewis Skolnick and Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson in the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds. They’re also executive producers and co-creators of the program.
If you’ve never seen King of the Nerds, it’s worth checking out. A year ago, when I heard that a TV network was launching a game show about nerds, I cringed: I expected exploitation, wannabe actors pretending to be geeky, and the usual brainless reality show nonsense. But when I watched the first episode, I was pleasantly surprised. The show features genuinely smart, geeky contestants, and the weekly challenges reward intelligence and knowledge. One episode concluded with a chess match, another a debate, and one with a physics puzzle that required contestants to calculate the velocity of falling objects.
So is this show a good thing for geeks — er– NERDS? Or is it worthy of the geekhate reserved for shows such as The Big Bang Theory? Will you be watching?
We will. 😉
Here’s a preview…