Casting Call For A New Geek Reality Show…From The Creators Of The Jersey Shore

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Television has tried to capitalize on nerds before. Beauty & the Geek, Freaks and Geeks and Geek Love just to name a few. Well now television wants to make a few good geek stars with a new reality show, Fandom Rising. Did I mention the creators of The Jersey Shore are putting it together? What could possibly go wrong… 

Fandom Rising wants to take “8 strangers on a mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new lifestyles and relationships, to boldly go where no fanboy or fangirl has gone before.” Here’s what they’re looking for exactly:

Doron Ofir Casting and 495 Productions is proud to launch the search for the most passionately obsessed, proudly self-identified pop culture fanatics from the worlds of comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. If you are a guy or girl and get all the references in “The Big Bang Theory,” can quote the Original Trilogy, can spot a Cylon among us, wish you could’ve attended Hogwarts, Starfleet Academy, or Xavier’s School for the Gifted, join the horde, and revere masters of science fiction and fantasy we want you!!!. We’re looking for those who value brains over brawn, substance over status quo, and march to the beat of their own cantina band.

You are officially being summoned for an experimental documentary series that takes a deeper look at the lives and relationships of people who love fantasy, fiction, cosplay, comics, gaming and science.

You may live on “an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of the universe,” within a wrinkle in time, playing out a game of thrones and living within the romance of love with the undead, but you make the most out of it. Your life is filled with the exquisite, the extraordinary, the exceptional… whether you’re ridiculed or respected for it, your time has come. Join the Fandom Rising.

On the outside it seems like something that I’d actually love to try out for. They seems to be saying all the right things and looking for kindred spirits. But well, it’s The Jersey Shore creators and will presumably be airing on MTV which puts up big red flags in my book. No one on any of their reality show ever comes off well and I’d hate to see my fellow geeks (even possibly people I know) be portrayed badly.

I could be wrong though, this could turn out to show geeks as actual people who live, love and work just like everyone else. Applicants are asked to fill out a series of questions and then create an audition tape. If you’re interested, they are casting now.

(via Reality Wanted)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."