I am marrying a nerd. Not a geek, a nerd. There’s a difference. So when the billboards for CBS’s new filler sitcom, the “Big Bang Theory” started appearing around L.A., I noticed. And was vaguely curious – does CBS seriously think that everyone watching TV today is too young to remember the original “Revenge of the Nerds”?
CBS was also smart enough to push the show through TiVO in a desperate attempt to create early loyalty, so I was able to watch the pilot. And I sincerely hope that CBS just pulls it now and sinks all their billboard and production money into, say, Jericho, because this show really is a piece of crap. Two ridiculous TV nerds get a hot female neighbor – but with added bonus Los Angeles area cliches! The neighbor is a waitress who wants to be an actress. She’s even written a screenplay about a girl who moves from Kansas to L.A. to become an actress…but has to work as a waitress until she makes it. And the nerds are some sort of quantum physicists, who are – wait, this is really original – socially awkward! They have trouble with women and non-nerds!
Anyways, the show is really terrible – even the nerd jokes are last year’s nerd jokes – but the punchline was when we realized that the nerds were driving around Pasadena. “Oh my gosh, honey,” I said. “CBS is stealing your life!” My fiance, who does work for a spinoff of CalTech, just chuckled and said, “Well, all TV nerds must work at either MIT or CalTech.” I guess there weren’t enough blondes in Boston to make a show set there credible. CBS really needed to mix in those bad L.A. cliches to make the show cohesive – and that is even sadder.