Looking to keep making that sweet, sweet geek money that The Walking Dead so easily brings in, AMC has announced a new reality series called (for the moment) Geek Out, which "takes the ultimate super-fan of a specific film, comic book, author, actor, athlete, musician, video game, or television series on an adventure that emotionally connects them to their obsession."
Admittedly, this seems a whole lot more fun (and less embarrassing) than watching nerds get fleeced for their prized collectibles, or forcing them to compete to see who's the most socially awkward. Plus, the show will be co-hosted by Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, so that's a very good sign. Here's the deets from the press release:
“‘Geek Out’ (w/t)is really a wish fulfillment show that features touching stories with stakes so real to the person involved that the audience will become engrossed in their journey and want to see their dream come true,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. “Conceptually, (w/t) ‘Geek Out’ is right in AMC’s wheelhouse of appealing to the fanboy community and ultimately creating an indelible moment in one lucky person’s life.”
“Geek Out (w/t) celebrates a different facet of fanboy and fan-girl culture, as we ‘geek out’ at the kind of epic level that usually only occurs at Comic Con,” Ernest Cline added.
“Geek Out” (w/t) will feature Cline and his co-host as they pay it forward by traveling the country and surprising obsessed fans. Whether it be the guy who turned his apartment into an exact replica of the Starship Enterprise, the comic book fan whose body is covered in X-Men tattoos, or the suburban mom whose entire house is overflowing with Twilight memorabilia, it explores why that person is a super-fan and offers the surprise of a lifetime when the fan is given an awesome, otherwise unattainable experience related to their obsession.
My geek wish is that AMC's Comic Book Men get canceled and all the footage shot into the sun, so I'm not particularly hopeful mine will get granted.