George Takei (the geek version of Betty White) and Kevin Smith (who is becoming known more as a fanboy celebrity than as the director of some really funny movies) will appear as guest judges on TBS’ reality competition show, “King of the Nerds.”
Takei’s book, “Oh Myyy!” is available now. He is probably best known for his work on “Star Trek.” Smith’s last directorial effort was a TV movie, “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the UK.” According to TVLine, which first reported the story, Smith’s friend and cinematic partner, Jason Mewes, will also be on the panel.
Here is a description of the show, which sounds like a well-produced form of derision. Then again, what else do you expect form a network that brags about airing umpteen hours of “The Big Bang Theory” every week?
Hosted by “Revenge of the Nerds” alumni Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, “King of the Nerds” will pit 11 competitors in challenges that test their “intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess.” The nerds will first compete as teams before moving on to individual challenges, all with their eyes on a $100,000 prize.
Guest judges such as Takei, Smith and Mewes will determine the winners of the team challenges, which include a superhero debate, a cosplay competition and a “nerd anthem contest.
“King of the Nerds” debuts Jan. 17.