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Urgutha Forka 1
The only really successful reality/competition shows involve a lot of sexual tension between attractive people.

The biggest loser is maybe the only exception. But it involves a supposedly unattractive person becoming a supposedly attractive person, so there's that.

All the other ones involve attractive people. Their intelligence is irrelevant. If this show doesn't include that, it's doomed.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
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On one hand- Kevin Smith. On the other hand- George Takei.
Posted by GermanSausage on December 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
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Cue white guys whining about how hard it is to be a nerrrrrd. Right before making rape/racist/ableist jokes.
Posted by johnjjeeves on December 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 5
God, being a nerd is even harder than my lily white penis.

Hey, I heard a good one recently: What did the nurse say to the Puerto Rican quadriplegic in the rape crisis center?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on December 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Mattini 6
I understand @1 is being cynical, but to provide one counter example: America's Next Top Model. Or Project Runway. Or Face Off, which is apparently successful enough for SyFy that in Jan they're running the 4th season in 2 years.

Competitive reality TV shows are like drawn out game shows. And I love game shows. I'll give this a shot, but I'm out if it's all misogynistic reddit types.
Posted by Mattini on December 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
@6,
Yeah, but Top Model and Project Runway both revolve around attractive people and making people look attractive/glamorous. I'd never heard of Face Off before so I googled it, and after scrolling past that terrible, terrible Nicolas Cage fiasco, I saw that it's also a show featuring attractive people.

I just think the networks and cable channels believe, probably rightly so, that most audiences want to see hot people all the time.

So they better have some competition where the nerds have to calculate the weight displacement of models swimming in pudding or something.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
LogopolisMike 8
Allowed but only if they let me compete for the title.
Posted by LogopolisMike http://logopolis.typepad.com on December 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
brandon 9
They'll probably make them do a bunch of math problems or build robots and shit. Boring!
Posted by brandon on December 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM · Report this
Foggen 10
I know two dudes on that show. Fully excited to see it happen.
Posted by Foggen on December 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Knat 12
If this show has even a single fingerprint of The Big Bang Theory on it, I will raze the studio to the ground.

Or rather, I would, if I gave a damn.
Posted by Knat on December 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Asparagus! 13
Fuck everything involving kevin smith
Posted by Asparagus! on December 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Grrr 14
Kevin Smith can only tell the same story in his 50-or-so podcasts. He's got to mine new material from somewhere.
Posted by Grrr on December 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
very bad homo 15
I will allow it, but I will not watch it.
Posted by very bad homo on December 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Mattini 16
@7 As opposed to non-reality shows, which never feature attractive people? I don't disagree with your assessment that it's tiresome to see the same type of faces in media, but it's not a reality-specific thing.
Posted by Mattini on December 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
balderdash 17
Who knows? If I catch any of it, I'll judge it then. It could turn out to be something kinda cool, or it could be patently offensive nerdsploitation bullshit like Big Bang Theory. Like @12 said, that show is horseshit and if this is a spiritual follow-on, then fuck it entirely.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on December 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 18
@16,
No, it's definitely not specific to reality tv. I think it's just more obvious in reality tv... where you can tell some of the shows "stars" are there ONLY because they're attractive and have zero talent.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's an interesting concept and I'd probably check it out. But I also know I'm not the standard demographic tv execs look for in choosing programming (e.g., I despise both American Idol and Dancing with the Stars... still the two most popular shows, yes?)
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this
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Are nerds not allowed to enjoy Big Bang Theory? Crap, better sell my World of Warcraft account and all my Magic cards.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on December 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
Ginnnny 20
I'm interested in what, if anything, they'll do to try to make it gender-equal... I'm guessing nothing much, given the title of the show, but I'm wondering if they'll even let any women compete. I think we're all more or less aware by now of the misogyny in nerd culture (h/t @3 and @6!), but I'm curious to see how much of it TBS will allow/perpetuate.
Posted by Ginnnny on December 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM · Report this
balderdash 21
@19, the episodes I've seen, entirely apart from just not being particularly funny, relied pretty heavily on jokes about stereotypes of women, various races (holy shit, the treatment of the Indian guy's parents was so fucking racist), academics generally, and, of course, people on the autistic spectrum. You can enjoy all that if you want. It doesn't mean you're not a nerd. It just means you're an asshole.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on December 5, 2012 at 6:56 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 22
@1 - Fear not, Urgutha. They picked only attractive nerds.

And oddly, no fat ones. Ballparking it based on PAX attendees, that reduced the size of their nerd pool by at least 80%.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM · Report this
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@21, so it's the same as every other comedy, but the nerds and geeks are portrayed as actually nice decent people.

So I'm an asshole how?
Posted by Hanoumatoi on December 6, 2012 at 2:01 AM · Report this
balderdash 24
@23, I don't know you. Do you enjoy something that exploits damaging stereotypes for cheap laughs? Then you might be.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on December 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this

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