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Wil Wheaton to host weekly pop culture commentary on Syfy

Posted by on April 2, 2014 – 10:01 pm

Wil WheatonSyfy is bringing the standard-bearer of modern nerdery to bear in its effort to return to its science-fiction roots.

Wil Wheaton announced Wednesday that he will host a “Talk Soup for geeks” that will celebrate (and sometimes skewer) genre TV and films, video games, viral videos and other pop culture trends. Tentatively titled The Wil Wheaton Project, the 30-minute show is set to debut May 27, and will feature the Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory cast member and author delivering riffs to the camera on a wide variety of content.

Here’s how Wheaton describes his project:

The Wil Wheaton Project is a weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jokes, and the occasional visit from interesting people who make those things happen. It’s sort of like Talk Soup for geeks, with a heavy focus on those hilariously bad paranormal reality shows (in fact, that’s where the whole thing started a year ago, but as we worked on the show more and more, we discovered that there were lots of scripted paranormal shows that provided a ton of comedic material. When we expanded to cover the scripted shows, we discovered that nobody was doing a show like this that was just focused on the genre shows that nerds like us love, and we decided that we’d make that show because of reasons.)

And here’s Syfy’s description:

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.

Why is Wheaton the perfect person to bring geek cred back to Syfy? This is why:

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It’s going to be epic. And it looks to fill some of the void left by G4′s Attack of the Show and X-Play after those programs got axed last year.

Worry not, Tabletop fans – Wheaton says that other beloved project of his will continue, with his involvement.