The characters seem overly troubled by their nerdiness in the premiere of “Dweebs.” Truth be told, they aren’t all that nerdy. And they should take more heart from the nifty premise that cyberspace is the true revenge of the nerds. Based on thoughtful bow, show’s more accurate than funny. Yet the bugs can be easily worked out, and “Dweebs” has a future.
Warren (Peter Scolari), founder of a wildly successful software company, and his key employees Karl (the ubiquitous Stephen Tobolowsky), Vic (Corey Feldman) and Morley (David Kaufman) are moving from a garage to a slick office. Carey (Farrah Forke) is hired as office manager and eagerly becomes their fashion consultant, social director and psychotherapist.
Crisis comes when they learn she’s a technophobe who knows zilch about computers. Predicament leads to some touching moments.
Tobolowsky gets the best bits and is superb. Scolari gives a daring performance as the twitchy visionary who has trouble talking. He bounces on a trampoline while trying to develop the next “killer ap.” Feldman looks more like a gang member, which shows that dweebs come in all shapes and sizes, Kaufman is the allergic whiner.
There’s lots of room to flesh out these guys and introduce real oddballs. Writing staff shouldn’t make them too familiar or let Carey get too comfortable. In the hands of Forke, she’s no Mr. Drysdale.
Creator-writer Peter Noah unfurls some wit, and hiring Andy Ackerman to direct was a smart move.
Production uses PC’s to introsegs: Each scene opens with a computer screen displaying icons for various settings — garage, office, apartment, computer store — and a cursor points to the next location.
There’s likely to be an inverse relationship between normalizing these dweebs and the show’s humor. If producers run with it, “Dweebs” just might redefine the term.