King of the Nerds

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King of the Nerds
KingoftheNerdsLogo.png
GenreReality competition
Presented byRobert Carradine
Curtis Armstrong
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ben Silverman
  • Chris Grant
  • Craig Armstrong
  • Curtis Armstrong
  • Jimmy Fox
  • Rick Ringbakk
  • Robert Carradine
Running time40 to 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelTBS
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original runJanuary 17, 2013 (2013-01-17) – present
External links
Website
 
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King of the Nerds
KingoftheNerdsLogo.png
GenreReality competition
Presented byRobert Carradine
Curtis Armstrong
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ben Silverman
  • Chris Grant
  • Craig Armstrong
  • Curtis Armstrong
  • Jimmy Fox
  • Rick Ringbakk
  • Robert Carradine
Running time40 to 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelTBS
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original runJanuary 17, 2013 (2013-01-17) – present
External links
Website

King of the Nerds is an American competition series/game show that airs on TBS. It is hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, both actors from the Revenge of the Nerds films. The series premiered on January 17, 2013.[1]

The series was renewed for an eight-episode second season by TBS[2][3] that premiered on January 23, 2014.[4]

Premise[edit]

The series follows eleven contestants as they complete various tasks in order to win the grand prize of $100,000 and to be "crowned the greatest nerd of them all,"[5] worthy to sit atop the "Throne of Games" (an antimetabole of Game of Thrones).

The show uses a progressive elimination of the contestants. Following the first week, the contestants were separated into two teams chosen via schoolyard pick. The teams compete in a Nerd War, an event that requires them to work together to prepare for the main demonstration. Judges select which team is the better team; members on this team are safe from elimination. On the losing team, two players are selected for a Nerd-Off; one is selected by a secret vote on the losing team, the other by a secret vote on the winning team. The two selected players are told what the concept is behind the Nerd-Off, giving them a few hours to prepare by talking to anyone else still remaining in the game. At the event, the losing player is eliminated from the game.

Typical King of the Nerds episodes consist of two challenges. The Nerd War is a team competition, often decided by a judge, with the entire team granted immunity from being sent home. The Nerd-Off is a head-to-head elimination challenge between two members of the losing Nerd War team, with each team voting in one competitor.

Once the number of contestants reaches five, the teams are disbanded and the game becomes an individual challenge. With five players left, the Nerd War event was used to determine who would select which of the others would compete in the Nerd-Off, while the other four would vote for the second player; the Nerd-Off eliminates one player, bringing the number to four. Two subsequent challenges at four and three players eliminate the losing player from that challenge. With two players left, the previous contestants are brought back as to vote on which of the two would be crowded "King of the Nerds". The two finalists are given the opportunity, overnight, to convince the others to vote for them. The votes are revealed after all previous contestants have placed their vote, and the winner is named.

For the second season, the winner will be determined by "pure nerd skill" through a gauntlet of challenges, rather than by vote.[6][7]

Development and production[edit]

After finding ratings success with its syndicated reruns, The Big Bang Theory, TBS ordered eight episodes of King of the Nerds in March 2012, its first unscripted competition series in seven years.[8] The show was shot on the campus of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. Guest judges include George Takei, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and cosplay artist Yaya Han.[9][10] To promote the show, contestant Celeste Anderson appeared on the February 12, 2013 episode of Conan.[11]

The series was renewed for an eight-episode second season by TBS in February 2013.[2][3]

The People's Nerd[edit]

On April 24, 2013, TBS announced that they were holding a contest for the public to select one of the Season 2 cast members called "The People's Nerd".[12] This contest ran simultaneously with regular casting and had people submit videos to the King of the Nerds Facebook page.[13] The candidates were voted on by the public until one person was chosen to compete. On October 9, 2013, Josh "JWittz" Wittenkeller, a YouTube personality who creates videos about Pokémon and other Nintendo-related content, was announced to be the winner of the contest and crowned The People's Nerd.[14]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

Contestants[edit]

NameLocationAgeSpecialtyPlace
Celeste Anderson[15]Orillia, Ontario[1]22Professional gamer[1]1st
Genevieve Pearson[16]Studio City, California[1]27Young adult fantasy writer[1]2nd
Danielle Mackey[17]Rome, New York[1]23Gamer[18] and game review vlogger[1][19]3rd
Ivan Van Norman[19]Torrance, California[1]27Role-playing game designer[1]4th
Moogega Cooper[19]Pasadena, California[1]26NASA planetary protection engineer[1]5th
Virgil Griffith[19]Pasadena, California[1]28Master hacker[1]6th
Joshua Ovenshire[19]Los Angeles, California[1]24Producer/host of geek-themed web show[1]7th
Alana Smith-Brown[20]Corning, New York[1]26Comic book fan and live-action role player[1]8th
Brandon Moore[21]Somerville, Massachusetts[1]24Neuroscience Ph.D student[1]9th
Jon Paprocki[22]Atlanta, Georgia[1]22Mathematician and physics buff[1]10th
Hеndrik Lеnfеrink[19]Somerville, Massachusetts[1]26MIT graduate student and geophysicist[1]11th

Contestant progress[edit]

ContestantEpisode
12345678
CelesteININWININWININININWINWINNER
GenevieveININWINRISK3WINRISK3RISK3INWINRUNNER-UP
DanielleWINWINRISK2WININWINWIN1WINOUT5
IvanWINWININWINRISK3WININOUT4
MoogegaWINWININWININWINOUT2
VirgilININWININWINOUT2
JoshuaWINWININWINOUT2
AlanaIN1RISK2WINOUT2
BrandonWINWINOUT3
JonRISK3OUT3
HеndrikOUT2

^Note 1 : Received individual immunity from being sent to the Nerd-Off.
^Note 2 : Sent to the Nerd-Off by his or her own team.
^Note 3 : Sent to the Nerd-Off by the opposing team.
^Note 4 : Lost the Nerd War and was eliminated from the competition.
^Note 5 : Lost the Nerd Bowl and was eliminated from the competition.

     (WINNER) The contestant won the competition and was crowned "King of the Nerds".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was runner-up in the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant won the Nerd War and was safe from elimination.
     (WIN) The contestant won the Nerd Bowl and proceeded to the final round of elimination.
     (IN) The contestant lost the Nerd War but was not selected to compete in the Nerd-Off.
     (RISK) The contestant won the Nerd-Off and escaped elimination.
     (OUT) The contestant lost the Nerd-Off and was eliminated from the competition.
     The contestant was a member of Team Blextrophy.
     The contestant was a member of Team Servants of the Forsaken Orb.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Welcome to Nerdvana"January 17, 2013 (2013-01-17)1.99[23]

The eleven contestants are greeted by hosts Robert "Bobby" Carradine and Curtis Armstrong as they arrive at their new home, Nerdvana.

  • Nerd War: Two players were randomly selected as captains to initiate a schoolyard pick to separate the remaining players into teams, with one player left over. As "nothing is nerdier than getting picked last", this player is considered the winner, gaining immunity from the Nerd-Off, selecting the winning team and subsequently joining the losing team.
  • Nerd-Off: The two players faced off in a chess match on a life-size board, with the loser being sent home. 
2"Imaginary Realms"January 24, 2013 (2013-01-24)1.65[24]
  • Nerd War: The teams are challenged in a cosplay competition, requiring them to develop a coherent mythology and appearance for the given themes (villains from a fantasy setting, and heroes from a science fiction setting). Teams were judged by actor and author George Takei, costume designer and professional cosplayer Yaya Han, and actor Adam Busch.
    • Reward: The winners trained with a world-renowned swords-mistress and were given a Little Caesars pizza lunch.
  • Nerd-Off: The two players faced off in a trivia challenge involving fictional settings. Each correct answer earned the player a roll of an oversized die down a hill towards a series of targets worth various point values, with points awarded for each target knocked over. The player with the lowest score was sent home. 
3"Games without Frontiers"January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31)1.56[25]
  • Nerd War: Teams were tasked with navigating a tablet-controlled quadcopters through an obstacle course, with various obstacles worth various point values; during this, the other team had the opportunity to shoot down the quadcopter with Nerf guns, which would count against the controlling team. After both teams complete the timed run, the team with the highest score was declared the winner.
  • Nerd-Off: The two players attempted to race a remote-controlled golf cart to push an exercise ball into a marked goal, with the player successfully knocking in two goals first declared the winner. 
4"Supernerds"February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07)1.48[26]
  • Nerd War: The two teams faced off in a debate about superheroes judged by USC debate director Gordon Stables and actors/comic book experts Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.
  • Nerd-Off: The two players faced off in a trivia contest on superheroes; each correct allowed them to break through one of four walls. The first player to answer four questions correctly and subsequently break all four walls was named the winner. 
5"High IQ's"February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)1.22[27]
  • Nerd War: Teams assembled a giant Rubik's Cube puzzle with numbers on various faces. Once the puzzle was completed, the numbers were transferred to specific spaces in a Sudoku puzzle. The first team to complete the Sudoku puzzle is declared the winner.
  • Nerd-Off: The two players face off in a variation of the memory game Concentration, matching pairs of objects until no more pairs are possible; the player with the most matches is declared the winner. 
6"Nerdy Dancing"February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21)1.04[28]
Following the Nerd-Off, Curtis announces the dissolution of the teams, leaving the five remaining nerds to fend for themselves. 
7"Enginerds"February 28, 2013 (2013-02-28)1.49[29]
  • Nerd War: The players are given several examples of how many panes of glass are broken by various falling objects in a vertical array, and are told to use math and physics to estimate how many panes of glass will be broken in several other configurations given data like object weight and glass thickness. Each of these tests are then performed, and players are penalized for the difference in the actual panes broken verses their guess, and the player with the lowest overall penalty is declared the winner.
  • Nerd-Off: The two players are given a large number of nerd-related objects and challenged to build the tallest free-standing tower in a fixed amount of time. Each player is given a Nerf gun with limited ammo to attempt to knock over the other player's tower. The player with the tallest structure at the end of time is declared the winner. 
8"The King Is Crowned"March 7, 2013 (2013-03-07)1.54[30]
  • Nerd War: Players race on Segways through a "maze of terror". The last player to finish is eliminated from the competition.
  • Nerd Bowl: The final three players are quizzed on various nerd topics. The first two players to answer five questions correctly move on to the final round.
  • Nerd-Off: The two finalists are given the opportunity to plead their case for being crowned King of the Nerds. The eliminated players then vote for the player they believe should win the competition. 

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

Contestants[edit]

NameLocationAgeSpecialtyPlace
Katie Correll[31]Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[32]23Roboticist and puppeteer[32]TBA
Brian Davidson[33]Urbana, Illinois[32]26Library science scholar[32]TBA
Nicole Evans[34]Milwaukee, Wisconsin[32]28Inorganic chemist[32]TBA
Jack Hou[33]Urbana, Illinois[32]24Bioengineering student[32]TBA
Chris Jackson[31]Waco, Texas[32]27Structural engineer[32]TBA
Xander Jeanneret[35]Los Angeles, California[32]26LARP enthusiast and gaymer[32][35]TBA
Kayla LaFrance[36]Greenacres, Washington[32]26Aspiring space explorer[32]TBA
Mary Kate Smith[37]Starkville, Mississippi[32]23Aerospace engineering student[32]TBA
Zachary "Zack" Storch[38]Minneapolis, Minnesota[32]21Fantasy writer[32]TBA
Josh Wittenkeller[14]Grayslake, Illinois[32]22Game vlogger and Pokémon expert[32][39]10th
Kelsey Syers[40]Canton, Georgia[32]23Quad-lingual Japanophile[32]11th

Contestant progress[edit]

ContestantEpisode
12345678
BrianINWIN
ChrisRISK7WIN
JackWININ
KatieINWIN
KaylaINWIN
Mary KateWININ
NicoleWININ
XanderINWIN
ZackWINRISK6
JoshWINOUT7
KelseyOUT6

^Note 6 : Sent to the Nerd-Off by his or her own team.
^Note 7 : Sent to the Nerd-Off by the opposing team.

     (WINNER) The contestant won the competition and was crowned "King of the Nerds".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was runner-up in the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant won the Nerd War and was safe from elimination.
     (WIN) The contestant won the Nerd Bowl and proceeded to the final round of elimination.
     (IN) The contestant lost the Nerd War but was not selected to compete in the Nerd-Off.
     (RISK) The contestant won the Nerd-Off and escaped elimination.
     (OUT) The contestant lost the Nerd-Off and was eliminated from the competition.
     The contestant was a member of Team Titans of Rigel.
     The contestant was a member of Team Midas Touch Attack.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"In Search of a King"January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23)1.03[41]
  • Nerd War: Similar to the previous season, two players are randomly selected as captains to initiate a schoolyard pick to separate the contestants into teams, with one player left over. The unpicked player is given the power to eliminate another contestant from the competition and take their spot. Once selected, it is revealed that "being kicked out by somebody who wasn't even on a team" is nerdier than not being picked, and the nearly-ousted contestant is declared the "nerdiest of all nerds". This contestant joins the team of their choice, winning the challenge for their team, and sends another contestant to join the losing team.
  • Nerd-Off: Two players compete in a game of "Nerdditch". After correctly answering a fantasy-themed question, the players are given the chance to ride a flying broomstick down a course and throw potion vials into cauldrons of varying point value. The contestant with the highest score at the end of five rounds is safe from elimination. 
2"Weird...Science?"January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)1.38[42]
  • Nerd War: The teams present working model volcanos at the King of the Nerds Science Fair. The teams' performances are evaluated on the soundness of their science, their chemical reactions, and the creativity of their presentations by a judging panel consisting of science educator Bill Nye, 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winner Blake Marggraff, and The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik.
    • Reward: The winners get to spend one-on-one time with Bill Nye.
  • Nerd-Off: Two contestants are tested on their knowledge of anatomy in an alien autopsy challenge. As the hosts describe the function of a human organ, the players race to extract its alien equivalent from their respective cadavers. The first person to collect three correct organs is declared the winner. 
3"To LARP or Not to LARP"[43]February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)TBA
4"Ready, Set, Robot Dodgeball"[44]February 13, 2014 (2014-02-13)TBA
5"Star Wars vs. Star Trek"[45]February 20, 2014 (2014-02-20)TBA
6"Saving George Takei"[46]February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)TBA
7"Angry Nerds"[47]March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)TBA
8"One Nerd to Rule Them All"[7]March 13, 2014 (2014-03-13)TBA

International syndication[edit]

It was announced on January 14, 2013, that the Canadian network, Slice, had acquired the series from Electus International. The series premiered on January 23, 2013.[48]

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