Geeks Who Drink Premiere Recap

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This was the first week of SyFy’s new show, “Geeks Who Drink,” hosted by the one and only Zachary Levi. It’s a series of quiz questions and physical challenges (you read that right) testing the geekiness of the contestants, and of course those of us at home screaming the answers at the TV. I had no idea what to expect from this show, but after watching it this morning (sorry people, I have a hard time staying up late), I was pleasantly surprised by the pace, the team captains, and of course, the host.

This show is not a lolly-gagger. It moves from one game to the other quickly and is super easy to follow. Games like “Batman or Superman” were a challenge for me (being a Marvel fan), and the bonus round of “Jell-O Shots” where the team captains literally had to throw Jell-O chunks into a basketball hoop was hilarious. Who knew you could have so much fun in just half an hour?

Being all too familiar with “Friday Night Lights” totally put me in Scott Porter’s corner right off the bat. He was leading the “Tequila Mockingbirds” while Eric Christian Olsen led the “Han Solo Cups.” Teams are made up of one celebrity and two fellow geeks. What impressed me the most was how geeky the captains actually were. Scott Porter was on fire from the get-go, knowing what truth loving female superhero was created by the same man that created the lie detector and Olsen, despite his good looks, was trailing most of the game. Both celebrities barely needed to confide in their teammates, which makes me question how necessary those other people are. Either way, I thought that the banter between the teams was entertaining and the team challenges, like matching the movie to the song associated with that movie, proved that there is a nerd in all of us.

 Obviously, I have not been one to hide my love for Zachary Levi (I mean, I named my dog after him) so I was most certainly sure that we would be an incredible host. And he is. His ability to ad lib jokes, make fun of the contestants (and himself), and the way he whips the question cards as he uses them makes for such a fun vibe that I just want to be in the audience while it’s happening.

I’m so excited to watch next week to find out what other celebrities are geeky like me.

Syfy greenlights geeks who drink with zachary levi as executive producer and host

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Syfy announced today that Zachary Levi, star of NBC’s Chuck and upcoming Heroes Reborn, will executive produce and host the game show Geeks Who Drink through one of his production arms, The Nerd Machine. The weekly series is based on the pub trivia contest of the same name, which has become a nationwide phenomenon with more than 25,000 people participating in over 600 bars across 35 states. Produced by Kinetic Contact (Married at First Sight, Little Women, The Taste) and Condé Nast Entertainment, Geeks Who Drink will premiere on Syfy Thursday, July 16th.  

In each installment of Geeks Who Drink, two teams of self-proclaimed “trivia geeks” battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics from pop culture to science fiction.  Each team consists of three players – a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros.  After three rounds of raucous game-play and (mostly) friendly competition, the winning team will earn bragging rights, a spot on the Geeks Who Drink leaderboard and a bevy of prizes to geek out over.

“Not only is Zachary a spectacular talent both in front of and behind the camera, he lives and breathes geekdom and is a true pioneer in bringing the nerd community together,” said Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Programming and Development, Syfy. “As executive producer and host of this series, Zachary has the unparalleled ability to introduce the beloved bar game to the masses, inviting viewers at home to experience the infectious joy of the game for themselves.”

Added Levi: “To be the executive producer and host of Geeks Who Drink is an exciting opportunity to broaden my experience on both sides of the camera. Geeks Who Drink is such a fresh take on the game show genre, and something that we at The Nerd Machine believe will resonate with everyone who loves trivia and pop culture. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the teams at Syfy, Kinetic Content and Condé Nast Entertainment.”

An avid gamer, Levi, co-founded “The Nerd Machine” with David Coleman as a company designed to create unique new content, spread nerd culture, and bring passionate geeks together from all around the world. 

Levi recently signed a first look deal with Universal TV. Under the deal, Levi will be optioning and developing new properties of interest for the company.

In addition to Levi, executive producers for Geeks Who Drink are Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe, Corin Nelson, Dawn Ostroff, Joe LaBracio and David Coleman.

About Syfy:
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. 

Zachary Levi has a new podcast

Chuckaholics has learned Zachary Levi has started a podcast. It comes from his company The Nerd Machine. We have a page dedicated for the episodes that they produce.

You can find the podcast on Itunes and it is offered for free, but like we did for the intersect Project, we offer it here because not everyone has the capabilities to access Itunes and any other means of getting podcast.

We created a page for all the episodes that are released for your listening pleasure.  Click here for the page,

Nerd Machine Picking Favorites Podcast.

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The hosts of Picking Favorites David Coleman. Zachary Levi, Razzle and Tyler Labine w/Adam Baldwin

It’s our way to support Zachary and his work. We only are promoting the podcast for entertainment purposes not for distribution in any way.

The Nerd Machine Starts An Auction For Operation Smile

Hey, nerds!
In co-operation with Operation Smile, The Nerd Machine have launched this year’s www.NerdHQAuctions.com where you will find some great stuff signed by your favorite Nerd HQ celebrities, like 2 Xbox One signed by a list of over 70 celebrities that attended Nerd HQ, or even the head of Captain Awesome’s statue in Season 4 of CHUCK signed by Zac, Yvonne, Adam Baldwin and Ryan McPartlin.

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#IWantMyNerdHQ Questions Answered

After Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine launched their Indiegogo #IWantMyNerdHQ crowdfunding campaign earlier this month to help finance this year’s Nerd HQ, many fans still had questions. To help clear up some confusion circulating around the campaign, Levi took to Twitter and Ustream for a fan Q&A.

The main question surrounding the #IWantMyNerdHQ campaign has been about the amount of the campaign’s goal: $1,000,000. Does it really cost that much to put on the event? According to Levi, the answer is a resounding yes, and a large part of that is because of Petco Park — though maybe not for the reasons many might have thought.

“I guarantee you, that’s essentially what it costs,” Levi said. “It’s $950,000. And venue rental is a major part of it, and some people might think, well, you’re only doing it in these particular areas. But we have to rent more area than you might think we need to rent in order to there to not be conflict for what we do.”

However, even after the venue, there’s still the cost to put together stages, to hire lighting crews and production people to film the event for live Youtube streaming, and many other aspects of the event — with parties, both for fans and celebrities, being only a tiny amount of the overall budget.

While that may seem like a hefty dollar amount on an event that only lasts four days and is a fraction the size of San Diego Comic-Con’s total audience, it’s a price tag that Levi says is required in order to keep the event as great as it’s become over the years.

“This is an incredibly expensive thing to do. We could do it super bare bones and make it a little cheaper, but I guarantee you that you would not enjoy it. It would not be done in the way that it needs to be done for A) for you guys to get the most out of it; and B) for us to hopefully woo sponsors on board so that I never have to crowdfund this thing ever again,” Levi said.

Levi also reiterated that all revenue generated from the crowdfunding campaign will be going toward the cost of putting on Nerd HQ, and that if through fan donations and sponsors they do raise more than the base amount needed for the event, they’ll use any leftover revenue to go all out for this year’s Nerd HQ, rather than keeping that money for themselves.

“The main priority is to give you guys an event that you love. That’s my main priority.  If I was in this for the money, I would have stopped doing it after the first year, when I didn’t make any money. But that’s not why I do it. I do it because I really believe that it means something to the world.”

And while Nerd HQ generates revenue for the charity Operation Smile through its Conversations for a Smile, as well as photo ops and autographs, the main goal of the event is s still the same as it has always been: to create an awesome experience for both fans and celebrities.

“Our event is not a charity event. It’s not a non-profit event,” Levi said. “Putting a non-profit as a part of it was just icing on the cake. I wanted the celebrities and the fans, to feel that much better about what the interactions [between them] would be. So we added that the interactions would benefit a charity. I never wanted to make it a charity event. I wanted an event that was awesome. The charity was just one part of it.”

Levi also shared a lot of other information about both the campaign and this summer’s event, including:

  • Nerd HQ is definitely happening this year, regardless of the outcome of the campaign
  • Questions during Conversations for a Cause panels will also be taken from Twitter this year for those watching from home
  • The fan party may include a white board for fans to write messages to celebrities, who can then tweet out photos with the messages during the celebrity party
  • Levi is still looking for sponsors to finance the cost of this year’s Nerd HQ
  • Even though the campaign’s donor rewards are the same for each level, the reason Indiegogo shows multiple donation amounts is because it was easier to set it up that way for those who wanted to contribute more than the minimum
  • Levi and The Nerd Machine have lost money on Nerd HQ since the event began in 2011
  • Levi thinks crowdfunding for a Chuck movie won’t be possible if Nerd HQ can’t be crowdfunded

You can view the entire Q&A here:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/45271478

Help Support This Years Nerd HQ!

f you’re familiar with San Diego Comic-Con, then you probably know what Nerd HQ is. If you don’t know, it’s an event put on my Zachary Levi of “Chuck” and features panels, gaming, celebrities, parties, and more. It is NOT part of Comic-Con and anyone can attend. It’s all free except for the panels. The cost of those tickets gets donated to Operation Smile. It really is a great time and I highly recommend checking it out.

This year The Nerd Machine is crowdfunding Nerd HQ. It’s not cheap to run an event like this. I’ve looked up renting space before during Comic-Con and it’s expensive. I can only imagine what it costs to put on an event of this scale, especially at a venue like Petco Park. Their goal is $1,00,000 which sounds like a lot but they’ve already raised $23,000 and it just keeps going up. I love sitting here watching the number go higher and higher.

If you love Nerd HQ and want to see it continue be sure to sponsor I Want My Nerd HQ and help spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and whatever other social platforms you use. If you do check it out, you’ll notice that there aren’t any physical perks. I can understand this. The costs of perks would take away from the money that could go towards the event. I honestly think perks is what can make or break a campaign. It really can cost you if you don’t do all the math. I’d much rather just give a donation and not worry about getting something in the mail. Your name will be added to a special wall though!

All contributors will be part of the #NerdHQArmy, an exclusive email list that will receive updates, photos, videos and much more throughout our event planning process that can’t be found anywhere else. Your name will also be placed on our “Nerd HQ Wall of Honor” at the event and on our contributor page on http://www.thenerdmachine.com. But most importantly, for your contribution, you will receive our eternal gratitude, loyalty and our pledge to bring you the best NerdHQ ever!

Zachary Levi and Nerd HQ has done a lot for us and for Operation Smile. I think it’s time for us to help them out as well. Now, go forth and spread the word!