Syfy’s in studio productions have been experimental lately and the announcement of ‘The Wil Wheaton Project’ seems to further prove the point! While shows such as Haven and Helix have been renewed for another season, other shows such as Being Human and Warehouse 13 are coming to a close. It seems that as of late the network has been in an ever changing flux of what to air. Now, though, Mr. Crusher, sorry, Mr. Wil Wheaton is going to have his own show for us to enjoy!
Let’s go straight to the press release and take a look at what to expect:
Syfy has greenlit the 12-episode summer series, The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), a weekly topical comedy show hosted by actor and champion of geek culture Wil Wheaton. The 30-minute show will offer a funny, fast-paced exploration and celebration of science fiction and genre entertainment. The series premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy.
Each week, Wil provides his insider point-of-view, sense of humor and expertise as he dissects the week’s most popular and trending topics across sci-fi film, television and pop culture, as well as video games, viral videos and news. Wil is on his feet for the rapid-fire half hour, delivering sharp, straight-to-camera commentary as he riffs his way through content clips. The result is a fun appreciation for all things science fiction.
Apparently Wheaton was only willing to do this show if he was also attached as a writer and producer. Unlike other shows out there, he isn’t just going to be reading off the teleprompter. With how much Wheaton has really stolen the spotlight in geek circles over the past few years (just to show how far he really has come from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation‘), this seems to be a sure fire summer hit on their hands.
According to Wheaton:
“I really love that I get to be part of something that brings Science Fiction back to Syfy, and if I read correctly between the lines during our meetings with the Syfy executives, this is just the beginning of the network formerly known as Sci-Fi returning to its science fiction roots, which is awesome.”
Actually that is one of the biggest endorsements for the future of the station I have seen in a long time! While they’ve clearly been keeping the B-Movie flair up and running, they have recently announced adding ‘Metal Hurlant Chronicles‘ as well as ‘Ascension‘ which really makes me want to know what else they might have in the works that we haven’t been told about yet.
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