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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Geeks and Nerds Beware: Hollywood Wants to Know Your Personal Secrets

Posted on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM

We once knew a real geek of a woman. (They're not that rare, turns out.) This early adopter was always on call, helping maintain various companies' computer networks and making bank. She geeked out on sci-fi, comics, aerospace, engineering, motorcycles, and any manner of gadgets in addition to all the ones and zeroes she lived and breathed for a paycheck. She once made a pretty convincing case that geeks were their own "orientation," similar to a sexual orientation or gender -- a fluid thing, to be sure, but also grounded in biological wiring. One thing that set this she-geek apart from others of her orientation was her social well-adjustedness. She was self-assured, confident, and articulate, mixing well among many populations. She was not anal-retentive about her house (she lived with multiple roommates), and she was not a control freak about anything.

We have a feeling she's not the type of geek being sought for a reality TV show called King of the Nerds, produced by the same bunch that brought us Survivor and MythBusters. There's a nationwide casting call, and so far San Francisco is not represented.

"Imagine a bunch of geeky and nerdy people living in a house together," said Lexi Shoemaker, the show's casting director. "They'll have crazy challenges based on whatever their specialties are."

Maybe some of those specialties will play out a la MTV's The Real World -- petty fights over petty issues that seem indomitably big to those involved (here we're picturing shouting matches and days of pouty silence over minute details of Star Wars characters family lineages).

Head over to our sister blog, the Snitch, where Taylor Friedman tells you all about it.

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