The last time I polled MTV's core audience about what they'd like to see more of, the first thing they told me (after they threw a can of Joose at my head) was, "Geeks, brah. Geeks." Thankfully, the self-described "masterminds" behind The Jersey Shore have answered their prayers by developing Fandom Rising, an attempt to (finally) marry the Jersey Shore format with Star Trek references.
The casting call for Fandom Rising is asking for "eight strangers for a mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new lifestyles and relationships, to boldly go where no fanboy or fangirl has gone before." It continues:
"If you are a guy or girl and get all the references in The Big Bang Theory, can quote the Original Trilogy, can spot a Cylon among us, wish you could've attended Hogwarts, Starfleet Academy, or Xavier's School for the Gifted, join the horde and revere masters of science fiction and fantasy we want you!!! We're looking for those who value brain over brawn, substance over status quo, and march to the beat of their own cantina band."
An application is also included, which includes such questions as, "If people (or you yourself) have ever described you as 'different,' 'interesting' or 'weird,' tell us why, especially if you've taken flak for just being yourself." So I think we can all agree that this show will be totally respectful and not mock being "different" or "weird" in the slightest.
While Fandom Rising sounds like it's going to rely exclusively on "Geeks! They're so geeky!" humor and be pretty damn terrible, I'd like to propose an alternative: Give these Oscar Wilde geeks (okay, I guess they're "professional actors") a series order for Jersey Shore Gone Wilde.