Geek Dreams - January 18
Recall back to last year when I fawned all over The WB's
breakout hit "Beauty and the Geek." (The last time I
ever lavish praise on anything Ashton Kutcher does,
anyway) The show is now on Wednesdays again as a replay,
with new eps on Thursday, and the show is just piss-po'.
It would aspire to 'piss-poor.
The premise of the show is that smoking hot young women
learn how to become smart, and awkward young men learn
some social skills. The can claim that until they're
blue in the face, but the first episode doesn't look
like that's what they were going for. The first
challenge was a good old-fashioned question bee. Get a
question right to go to the end of the line, get it
wrong and the team is out. Either person on the team
could take a question. Women got questions that came
from elementary school textbooks, and men got questions
taken straight from People Magazine. Knowing the name of
Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter isn't going to make the men
more appealing at parties (or if it does, it's at the
kind of parties they won't want to be at) Would it help
them score a young lady's phone number? Again, I
seriously doubt it. That single brain cell could
probably be used for something more interesting, like
contemplating the origin of the universe or taking apart
a computer. In essence, that challenge was a huge
Now that I got that part out of the way, it's time to
strap in and put the kiddies to bed. It's going to get
ugly. I want to know which genius decided to can Brian
McFayden in favor of whoever that nobody whose range of
emotion is straight from the playbook of Jordan Murphy.
On "For Love or Money" it was funny because we were in
on the joke, and the suitors weren't. On "Beauty and the
Geek" everyone is along for the ride. Additionally, we
don't know if The New Guy can read. Brian could hold
court in the Elimination Room excellently. He built up
the suspense, but knew when it was time to get to the
questions. It was a pleasure watching him go from "VJ
who hosted a cheesy dating show on CBS" to "full fledged
game show host." We don't know if Richards can do that,
or even if he can, that he'll be forced to play the role
of "game show host." I want the casting director found.
Then I want him tarred and feathered. And then I want to
fly out to wherever he is so I can laugh at him. Again
It's only week one, so it's not time to send the show to
the Elimination Room quite yet. The show may work out.
Give it a go, but try and find old episodes of the
program to remember what it was like when it was good
Travis Eberle wears his geekdom as a badge of honor.
Beauties can inquire him
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