Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, co-stars of the 80s classic Revenge of the Nerds, will host the show. Carradine says the show will be fun to watch because he believes nerd is the new cool.
"We're fortunate that our idea is coming to fruition at the same time the acceptance of nerd culture is coming to fruition," Carradine said.
Armstrong and Carradine said thousands of hopefuls submitted entry videos to get on the show. Armstrong says he feels King of the Nerds reflects a wide range of dorks.
"We have the most remarkable group of nerds of all types," Armstrong said. "I mean there's science nerds, comic-book nerds, gaming nerds, cosplay nerds - you name it. We've got them all."
During the eight-week show, the competitors will contend first as teams and then individually as the competition progresses. The geeks will be tested on their intellect and skills as well as their pop culture prowess in challenges that include a giant chess game, live gaming and a dance-off. The show also pushes contestants' social limits, as they live together in the "Nerdvana" house during the competition.
Each week, one contestant will be eliminated until there is only one nerd to rule them all.
King of the Nerds premieres on TBS on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.
For more information visit: http://www.tbs.com/shows/king-of-the-nerds/.
Rose Heaphy contributed to this report.
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