January 22, 2013
Nerd vs. Nerd on reality show
By Steve Tilley, QMI Agency
If the best revenge is living well, perhaps the nerds have truly won.
Then again, having a reality show mine your subculture and stereotypes for entertainment might not be quite so sweet a victory as, say, rolling a critical hit on a 20-sided die.
Imagine Big Brother with video games, comic books, social awkwardness and some Radio Shack product placement (Radio Shack still exists?) and you've got a rough idea of what to expect from the TBS series King of the Nerds, making its Canadian premiere Wednesday on specialty channel Slice.
The show is the brainchild of producers and hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, probably best known as Lewis and Booger from the Revenge of the Nerds film franchise in the mid-'80s and early '90s. And they've come here to praise nerds, not to bury them.
"That was the mandate as we were setting the show up," says Carradine. "We weren't going to mock nerds."