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MTV Casting For Geek Reality Series

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The fact that the first line of the ad reads “From the MASTERMINDS behind ‘The Jersey Shore'” makes me hope this show blows up on the first episode.  MTV’s new show “Fandom Rising” is looking to be “The Real World” with geeks.  According to the casting poster, MTV is looking for,

“8 strangers for 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.”

Before anyone asks, NO!  I will not be applying for this show.  I find the idea of this to be totally offensive.  I still don’t feel totally comfortable with the fact that “Geek” has become an acceptable word in our society.  To many, its still a derogatory word.  Unless its spoken by a geek, does that word ever sound like a compliment?  Look at the reality shows that MTV has been pushing lately, “The Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom”.  Does either show paint its stars in the best possible light?  No!  These shows are designed so the audience that laugh at how ridiculous these people are.  MTV most likely will be looking for the most socially inept and akward people they can find for the audience to laugh at.  The kind of guys that make Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory” look like George Clooney.

I’m ok with some reality television, but I think that most reality TV is just lazy entertainment.  The shows are quick and cheap to put together, and the network doesn’t have to think very hard about what kind of a show they want.  I wish MTV would go back to being Music Television and that networks would actually take the time to come up with interesting and engaging programming instead of seeing what new reality junk they can spew out each season.  And now people are making careers on reality television.  People like Tori Spelling, who never had the acting chops to make it in any series her dad wasn’t producing, still has a career and is still known thanks to reality TV.

If you’re interested, you can apply here.

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