Thursdays are about to get nerd-tastic. TBS has announced its new unscripted competition series King of the Nerds will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning Jan. 17. Hosted by actors Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds), King of the Nerds is the ultimate nerd-off. The series will follow 11 fierce competitors from across the nerd spectrum as they set out to win $100,000 and be crowned the greatest nerd of them all. TBS will pair King of the Nerds on Thursday nights with the network’s chart-topping telecasts of The Big Bang Theory.

The 11 competitors that will partake in this ultimate nerd-off are:

  • Alana, 26 – Corning, N.Y. – Live-action role player and comic fan who often uses onomatopoeia instead of adjectives.
  • Brandon, 25 – Nashville, Tenn. – PhD neuroscience student at Vanderbilt University who can also rap.
  • Celeste, 22, – Orillia, Ontario – Professional gamer who specializes in first-person shooters and speedcuber, and whose favorite animal is the cougar.
  • Danielle, 23 – Rome, N.Y. – Game reviewer who has more than 100,000 subscribers for her gaming vlog and considers her appearance to be top of the charts at a “nerd 10.”
  • Genevieve, 27 – Studio City, Calif. – Test-prep and young adult fantasy writer who thinks she hits all the right notes when expressing her feelings by singing original songs.
  • Hendrik, 26 – Somerville, Mass. – MIT grad student who is researching the mechanical properties of the Martian polar ice caps and enjoys foraging for wild edibles.
  • Ivan, 27 – Torrance, Calif. – Game developer and fire dancer who loves dragons and zombies.
  • Jon, 22 – Atlanta, Ga. – Georgia Tech student who is obsessed with mathematics and theoretical physics, who also loves to rock out.
  • Joshua, 24 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Host and producer of geek-themed web show who was a former paranormal investigator.
  • Moogega, 26 – Pasadena, Calif. – Planetary protection engineer at NASA who received her master’s degree and PhD by the time she was 24. She considers herself the life of any party.
  • Virgil, 28 – Pasadena, Calif. – A master hacker studying brain science who loves colorful socks.