Wil Wheaton's career path is a curious one. Initially gaining fame as Wesley Crusher on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' Wheaton was a genre laughing stock for most of the show's run, with many Trekkies finding his young, overachieving character annoying and unlikable.
However, in the years post-Trek, Wheaton has carved out a new identity for himself as a sci-fi geek who just happened to get lucky enough to be involved with one of the most famous franchises of all time. Today, Wil is well regarded among the genre community, and a frequent guest at conventions across the USA. He is also somewhat of a renaissance man, spending his time acting, writing, gaming, and hosting podcasts.
That said, it's really no surprise that he's finally getting his own show. Wheaton will soon host 'The Wil Wheaton Project' for Syfy, a weekly current events chat show he describes as "'Talk Soup' for geeks." In a blog post, Wheaton offered further details, calling the show "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."
This sounds like the perfect gig for Wheaton, whose status as both an active member of the geek community and a Hollywood insider, affords him the type of credibility to get great guests while still speaking from an informed viewpoint. Here's hoping this doesn't mean he won't be returning to 'The Big Bang Theory' anytime soon.
'The Wil Wheaton Project' premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10/9c.