Reports claimed that the cable network will be doing another 12 episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project, a weekly talk show hosted by the actor and geek culture expert, as stated by Wednesday. The network hasn’t announced it yet, but it is expected that they will announce it sooner.
The series that will start on Tuesday, May 27 at 10 p.m., will feature Wheaton providing his inside point of view and dissecting the week's most popular news in sci-fi film, television, pop culture, video games, viral videos and more.
The half-hour series will be all about a mix of commentary and humor, with Wheaton -- a regular guest star on CBS' The Big Bang Theory – that describes the series as a "Talk Soup for geeks." The series hails from Pilgrim Studios, with Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols (Ghost Hunters) on board to exec produce.
In a blog post by Wheaton he noted that the network might want to go back on its root and his show is just the beginning. There will be future projects that have a connection to science fiction. He added that the development of his show is fun and he has a lot fun with the staffs since they are all talented and funny.
Wheaton claimed that the new series will concentrate on those ‘hilariously bad paranormal reality shows,’ with talks for some sort of partnership with Syfy that began a year ago based on that idea. While they work on the show, they discovered that there are several ‘scripted paranormal shows that provided a ton of comedic material.’ As they further expanded the idea, they found out that there are no other shows with the same concept. That is how the show came to be. There show concentrates on the nerd side of everyone and that’s what make it more fun.
The pickup comes as Syfy has a commitment that it will concentrate on more traditional sc-fi and fantasy genre that viewers were expecting to see in such TV network.
Syfy wasn’t the latest cable network to add a talk show to its roster. Comedy Central was successful with its own talk show with Chris Hardwick's geek-infused @Midnight; Bravo is set to do another two seasons of Andy Cohen and his Watch What Happens Live; and John Oliver is going to host a weekly series for HBO in the increasingly competitive space that has seen talkers hosted by W. Kamau Bell (FXX), Anthony Jeselnik and others not fare as well.