My TV-watching habits are pretty predictable and consistent: good comedies, a little sci-fi, and sweet, sweet Pushing Daisies, while I can. For the most part, I can’t say I take much advantage of our digital cable package except for my access to first-run episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation and my ability to can easily find X-Files or Batman: The Animated Series reruns if I’m home sick. However, I’ve gotten into the habit of sometimes, during dinner, flipping to G4, the network, previously known to me as “that gamer channel where they inexplicably show Arrested Development,” and watching Attack of the Show.
Attack of the Show is basically a geek-news catch-all variety hour, with bits about internet crap, gadgets, videogames, and other assorted nerd interests. It’s currently hosted by Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, and the latter has gained some cache as an object of nerd desire, as just about any young lady will when she appears on television in outfits like those pictured above.
And I must admit, as a nerd, Olivia’s charms are not lost on me. I’m kinda nursing a crush on her, which puts me in a feedback loop: because I like Olivia Munn, I watch Attack of the Show, and nearest I can tell, the main purpose of Attack of the Show is to get me to like Olivia Munn more and more. God help me if she ever does an infomercial.
The thing is, I don’t really get a geeky vibe from Olivia. She’s got more of the girl-next-door, one-of-the-guys type of demeanor. For example, check out her recent interview with Kevin Smith:
Marisa thinks that if you look closely, you can see him blushing; no small feat. So you can see, she’s sort of going for what like Jenny McCarthy was trying back in the days of Singled Out, except a thousand times less trashy, and actually funny. The nerdiest things she does are not sounding completely out of her depth when talking about computers and actually maintaining a blog. This is probably shrewd branding on the part of Ms. Munn; the semi-foul-mouthed-hot-girl shtick cuts a wider swath than just nerds ‘n geeks (in fact, a lot of nerds probably only need the “hot” and/or “girl” and/or “semi” parts of that equation), but the nerdcore audience won’t kick it out of bed, or off their hard-drives, anytime soon.
I’m not sure what kind of a future awaits a professional “host.” Munn has acted in some C-movies, and she has some sort of a part in the next Broken Lizard project, but there’s a fine line separating the fates of Greg Kinnear and Maria Menounos. Broken Lizard seems like a good fit — as, really, would Kevin Smith or one of Apatow’s protégés.
In the meantime, Attack of the Show is running its Halloween special this evening, with its focus on Munn’s nerd-bait specialty: she will allegedly wear five different Halloween costumes over the course of the episode. At very least, Olivia Munn fansites will be able to update their Wonder Woman and Slavegirl Leia pictures. Seriously, Google Image this girl: so much golden bikini!
Oh, and Kevin Pereira is okay, too, but he knows his place.
1 comment October 31st, 2008