First Nine surprised us with a local version of The Apprentice going into production.
Now Seven has announced a local version of Beauty and the Geek -the reality dating show that puts socially awkward guys with aesthetically proportioned females. The show is to be produced by Endemol Southern Star between July and October.
The US version of the show, produced by Ashton Kutcher, has been a bit of a guilty pleasure on late night television, but hasn’t exactly scored highly with viewers. Following Nine’s reality announcement, this marks the second recent pick up of a US brand that has been a modest performer in Australia.
Seven says: “If you’re a shy geek into comic books, Star Wars, RPGs, D&D, computers, on-line gaming, chess, or physics, etc, etc., we want you!
“Beautiful, sexy, social-savvy women who can turn a geek into a stud.
“Beauties and Geeks willing to work together and compete for the opportunity to win a substantial prize!! ” It isn’t clear what the prize is just yet.
Contestants will live together for the duration of the series and face challenges that test the beauties on academic subjects and the geeks on social skills.
Seven’s Head of Program Development, Lisa Fitzpatrick said: “Beauty and the Geek is an uplifting series that will surprise people. The search is on now to find our geeks and beauties who want to change their lives and have some fun in the process.”
No word whether bogans will qualify as geeks or Chk Chk Booms should apply, but presumably they should.
You can download audition info via www.yahoo7.com.au/beautyandthegeek
The series will air later this year.