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King of the Nerds cancelled by TBS. Will another network pick it up?

King of the Nerds cancelled by TBS. Will another network pick it up?
King of the Nerds executive producers and hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong during season two. (Photo by Trae Patton/TBS)

King of the Nerds has cancelled by TBS, with the network passing on future seasons of the show, reality blurred has learned. The outstanding competition series aired three seasons, the last of which concluded in March.

I confirmed its effective cancellation with the network, which told me, “TBS has no plans to make additional episodes at this time.”

Another U.S. network could pick King of the Nerds up from producer 5×5 Media as soon as TBS’ option expires, and I hope that happens. Reality television needs a show like this that casts people who are fresh and not the typical competition show participant; puts them to the test with inventive challenges; and just has a healthy, playful sense of humor.

An original season just concluded last Sunday on the UK’s Sky 1, which bought the format from Electus.

While the network announced the season-three pickup in June 2014, this July, TBS told me its fate had not yet been determined. Production of the show occurred in the summer in Los Angeles; seasons two and three were both filmed at Occidental College.

King of the Nerds had a successful third season

TBS reported season three, which was as creatively strong as the first two, “reached an average of 2.7 million viewers per episode across TBS’ linear, digital and mobile platforms,” while the finale was watched by 2 million viewers and 1.2 million people 18-49 in live+7. That seems to be an increase over season two, though there are not directly comparable numbers: TBS reported in 2014 that season two averaged 1.4 million viewers in live + 3.

Host and executive producer Robert Carradine has been off Twitter since writing March 24 that he was “healing up fast” from a head-on car accident for which he was fined in April. Curtis Armstrong is more active on Twitter, but has never responded to questions from fans about the fate of the series until today, posting this while I was reporting this story:

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