On Wednesday, April 2, actor and geek culture champion Wil Wheaton announced that SyFy has ordered twelve thirty-minute episodes of a show tentatively titled The Wil Wheaton Project.
Wheaton announced the show on his website, along with a detailed account of how the show was developed, pitched, and eventually ordered by SyFy.
Describing the show, the network details:
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 . . . 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.
In March 2014, SyFy announced plans to focus more on the science-fiction roots of the channel. Network president Dave Howe stated, “We want to be the best science-fiction channel that we possibly can.” SyFy has noticeably targeted the geek audience recently with programming like Heros of Cosplay, My Big Fat Geek Wedding, and Fangazm. And by tapping Wheaton, SyFy is poised to dominate the geek television market.
The Wil Wheaton Project premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.