A show that has had a decent run on TBS has been canceled. Breaking the news of the demise of “King of the Nerds,” Curtis Armstrong, one of the co-hosts and executive producers of the competition show, posted on Twitter: “Dearest nerds! Deeply sorry to announce that @KingofNerdsTBS will not be returning for a 4th season. Hard to find words now. #nerdsrule”
Deadline.com reports that TBS confirmed the cancellation. The website notes that the decision “comes after TNT and TBS’ new topper Kevin Reilly in February outlined a brand makeover for TBS with a focus on ‘bold sensibility.’ This is the first renewal decision on the unscripted series since the regime change at the network.”
The show ended its third season six months ago, and the cancellation was not unexpected, Deadline notes.
Along with Armstrong, the reality show was co-hosted by Robert Carradine, also one of its executive producers. Both Armstrong and Carradine appeared in the “Revenge of the Nerds” movies, which were the inspiration for “King of the Nerds.”
The show had contestants competing for a $100,000 prize awarded on the basis of a series of challenges requiring intelligence, pop-culture knowledge and other more or less “nerdy” attributes. TBS designed the program as a companion to “The Big Bang Theory” after acquiring rights to rebroadcasts of the CBS sitcom.