Discovery Channel has commissioned Jimmy Kimmel’s production outfit Kimmelot, part of Brent Montgomery‘s Wheelhouse Group, to produce a prank series featuring former NASA engineer turned YouTuber Mark Rober.
Tentatively titled Revenge of the Nerd (w/t), the 8 x 60-minute series will trace Rober (pictured) and his band of “Avengineers” as they traverse the globe in an attempt to seek revenge on troublemakers through absurd pranks captured on hidden cameras.
The team will look to take down the worst offenders – from bike bandits and porch pirates to dog walkers who don’t clean up after their pets – and bring them justice by utilizing science and engineering to build ingenious devices used in retaliation.
Rober and his team of “Avengineers,” however, will also seek to reward those who do the right thing.
Revenge of the Nerd marks one of the first projects to stem from the non-scripted production deal Kimmelot penned with ITV America in March.
Revenge of the Nerd is executive produced by Kimmelot’s Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Rober and Scott Lonker alongside ITV America’s David George and Karen Kunkel Young. For Discovery Channel, Scott Lewers and Joseph Boyle are executive producers.
“I grew up watching Discovery Channel so the thought of me having my own show is crazy for me to comprehend,” said Rober in a statement. “As my YouTube channel has grown the past few years, I’ve had some big ideas that are too big to pull off on my own. Now, partnering with Discovery and Jimmy means it’s all fair game.”
“The passion that comes through in the incredibly smart content Mark creates made us immediate fans of his,” added Lewers, EVP of multi-platform programming, live events and network strategy at Discovery, Science and Animal Planet. “His natural curiosity and drive is infectious – that, coupled with Jimmy’s sensibility for fun and humor is what we’re excited to bring to our audience.”
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel Live