Talk Soup-style weekly comedy series comes to SyFy tonight at 10p/9c **** Four Stars
By Robin Rowe
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2014/5/27 – “It’s all of the great sci-fi, horror, fantasy and paranormal stuff we love, scripted and scripted,” says The Wil Wheaton Project host Wil Wheaton. “We can love the things that are great. We can make fun of the things that need to be made fun of. And we can do it all about 30 minutes a week.”
“My very first science fiction related memory is reading the Marvel comic book adaptation of the movie Alien,” says Wheaton. “My mom asked, what’s going on in your comic book? I said, oh mom, this is great! They’re chasing the little bastard through the ship. She says, what?!! In the script they are consistently referring to the xenomorph as the ‘little bastard’. I didn’t know you don’t say that to your mom. My comic book got taken away.”
Wil Wheaton found his stride this year playing a version of himself as Sheldon’s nemesis in the hit CBS series The Big Bang Theory. Until recently, Wheaton was best known as the angry ensign from Star Trek Next Generation. Because he’s a geek in real life, I asked him if he does much with Linux today. “I use a Mac,” says Wheaton. I had met Wheaton years ago at a Pasadena Linux users group event where he talked about using TypePad for his blog. After STNG, Wheaton became a forgettable villain of the week for popular TV drama series. I next caught up with him at ACME comedy theatre, where he was in a live comedy troop. After years of working his comedy on stage live, on his blog and in writing books, he’s comfortable on stage at stand-up.
Sci-Fi and genre fans will be excited to see a comedy news series dedicated to them and Wheaton does a great job as the host. I went to the taping of the first episode of The Wil Wheaton Project and enjoyed it a lot. The Wil Wheaton Project is a weekly comedy series, airing Tuesday nights on SyFy. It covers the latest Sci-Fi news stories, TV show clips and celebrities. Whether it’s Dennis Miller, Bill Mahr, The Soup, Web Soup, or HBO’s new series Last Week Tonight, there’s an almost insatiable appetite for comedic news coverage. Bring it on!
“I get these great secret celebrities to come on the show,” says Wheaton, “which the network then forces me to name in the promo.” The guests this week, shhhh, are Chris Hardwick (Web Soup) and next week Felicia Day (Buffy, Eureka, Supernatural).
Matt Carney, a producer from The Soup is one of the five writers on the show. Josh Kragen is a producer and hosts audience warm-up. “It’s my job to be almost as funny as Wil Wheaton,” says Kragen to the audience. Executive producer is Craig Piligian (Dirty Jobs) of Pilgrim TV. The series shoots in the E! green-screen studio at NBC.
The Wil Wheaton Project is a charming mix of weekly Sci-Fi recap, secret celebrity guests, and goofy skits, such as a game show to predict how B-movie characters will be killed in the next scene. The Wil Wheaton Project is a funny look into the world of Sci-Fi hosted by a champion of geek culture who’s a STNG and Big Bang Theory veteran.
The Wil Wheaton Project on SyFy, Tuesdays at 10p/9c