As seen by the thousands of people who flock to the San Diego Comic-Con every year and the success of “The Big Bang Theory” as a highly successful show about geeks and nerds, it is no surprise that the SyFy channel produced the talk show “The Wil Wheaton Project,” which was hosted by Wil Wheaton himself. However, the show, after twelve episodes, has been cancelled. Read on to learn more about this story.
“The Wil Wheaton Project” premiered on May 12, 2014 and had its twelfth and final episode on Aug. 12, 2014. The show, which was hosted by Wil Wheaton, talked about different topics from popular culture to games, science fiction and fantasy. According to TV Line, Wheaton described the talk show as “‘The Soup’ for geeks”. Given that Wil Wheaton has been in various projects embedded within that genre — such as his role as Wesley Crusher in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” cameo appearances in “The Big Bang Theory” and appearances in web series such as “The Guild” — made him the perfect host for a show aimed towards geeks and nerds.
According to the Aug. 29, 2014 post on his blog, Wil Wheaton confirmed that the show was indeed cancelled, as the channel’s executives didn’t think that they were drawing enough viewers to order more episodes. Wheaton, however, reassured his fans that he does not have any hard feelings against SyFy and thanked them for the opportunities that he was given. He also mentioned that he is “looking forward to doing ‘Tabletop’ and an upcoming RPG show.” He capped off his blog entry by asking fans of “The Wil Wheaton Project” to not make any letter petitions to save the show, as nerds and geeks do have a penchant for doing so.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is not a surprising move, as the channel is trying to go back to a more traditional version of science fiction and fantasy. This was also confirmed in Wheaton’s Aug. 29, 2014 post.
And that’s it for the fate of the geek culture talk show, “The Wil Wheaton Project.” For more news and updates on your favorite television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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