I know this isn't an original sentiment, but I am sick of reality TV. Regardless of setting or prize, the formula persists: gorgeous people + ugly personalities = obnoxious fighting. Intellect isn't celebrated. The viewer isn't challenged. I never see myself represented on these shows, so why watch?
The King of the Nerds concept is back with a vengeance. TBS gave the green light, resulting in one hasty casting process. Says Casting Director Lindsay, "[the show] will embrace and celebrate passionate and intellectual guys and girls 18-30 years old... We are looking for mathematicians, scientists, programmers, inventors, puzzle-masters, engineers, gamers, comic book fanatics, movie buffs, trekkies [sic], techies, chess masters, role players, you name it." Contestants will work as teams, then individuals, for "a huge grand prize."
Sounds great at first, but a few red flags went up in the materials. Namely, "Arduino" wasn't capitalized, and "Battlestar" was missing its sister word, "Galactica." A few of the interview questions were shifty, too, including "Why are nerds ascendant?" and "What types of people are inferior?" Classic conflict-building. Maybe I'm being too critical, but I'd like to meet new friends on such a show, not argue constantly over who is the truest, most 1337 geek.
...oh, wait. I guess that would be the point on a show called King of the Nerds. ^^;
OK, OK, no more ranting. If it assembles the right people, this program could actually be refreshing. America could use a true, modern look at today's nerds.
To audition, send a 10-15 minute video about YOU to firstname.lastname@example.org. This must be done by Monday, the 21st!! ...I said "hasty casting process," and I meant it. More info is available on the official website and Facebook page.
3 audition tips straight from Casting Director Nina:
- Go with your natural, physical appearance. Don't pile on extra makeup. If you wear glasses, keep 'em on.
- Dress in a costume, if you own one.
- Let your nerd flag fly! Show off as much geekery as possible- collections, knowledge, creations, talents, whatever!
Good luck, geeks! I won't be auditioning. Someone has to stay behind and make sassy commentary! ;-P
How do you feel about geeks on reality TV? What would this show have to do to impress you? Post below!
* (perhaps due to its demeaning, bully-of-an-advertising campaign)
NEXT TIME: The Little Free Library movement!