Syfy Cancels The Wil Wheaton Project


Syfy has canceled The Wil Wheaton Project, according to Wil Wheaton.

Though the network has yet to officially announce its decision to not move forward with the freshman talk show, Wheaton blogged about receiving the bad news on Friday.

According to Wheaton, Syfy executives in New York didn't think the weekly series had enough viewers to justify making more episodes. "I didn't say anything about the total lack of promotion off the network, or point out that our ratings were on par with The Soup, or that ratings are always lower in summer than the fall. I didn't  bother saying any of that, because I know he knows that," Wheaton said of his conversation with an unnamed Syfy exec.

"I'm really okay with it," Wheaton recounted. "I'm super sad that I won't get to work with my writers and producers, and I'm sad that we don't get to keep writing jokes, but I did everything I could to help the show succeed. I promoted it the best way I could, I worked hard to write stuff that was funny, and I tried so, so, so hard to get the network executives in New York to understand how they could help the show succeed."


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Dec 04, 2014
Oh no! Thought it was really good. The only show about tv series and such. Could'nt it be picked by a more serious chanel?
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Oct 28, 2014
Wow, he did a great job and was a very good host. It was a safe place for Sci Fi fans which is always good. The half hour that is running now - 'Town of the Living Dead' the reality show about making a zombie movie in Alabama is complete garbage. Not even remotely as entertaining as Wheaton's show was. Another dumb da dumb dumb move by what used to be a nice network to visit that is turning into a dumpster for bad ideas.
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Oct 21, 2014
I'm glad it was cancelled. Wheaton never mentioned Falling Skies on his show, even though HE was the aftershow host. Wheaton was a sellout.
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Oct 02, 2014
Seriously? That was a really good show! I liked his comments about Game of Thrones
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Sep 28, 2014
Me again keep wheaton it was the only thing worth tuning into this channel is run by idiots

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Sep 28, 2014
Syfy is retarded anyway n a waste of airtime
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Sep 28, 2014
Stop making stupid realities and bring Will back!!!
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Sep 27, 2014
Nooooo! It was a clever, well written show. I loved it.
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Sep 08, 2014
Sorry dude but in 1986 when we said we'd never forgive Gene Rodenbery for creating Wesley Crusher, we genuinely meant 'never'. If I can wrap my mind around a star ship 400 years in the future, I can certainly hold a grudge on Wil Wheaton for 28 years. And seriously, not a single negative thought about Will himself. Personally, I love the guy but he was Wesley Crusher. Get it?
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Sep 05, 2014
what a BUMMER!
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Sep 02, 2014
good. i stopped watching after 2 eps. thought it was going to be great, but very disappointed.

i usually dont stop watching a show until it gets canceled or has a series finale, so it's telling i stopped after 2 eps.
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Sep 02, 2014
"you make my day", regards Sheldon Cooper ;)
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Sep 02, 2014
How bad do you have to be to get cancelled by the network that brought us Sharknado & Sharknado 2?
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Sep 02, 2014
i usually dont stop watching a show until it gets canceled or has a series finale, so it's telling i stopped after 2 eps.
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Sep 02, 2014
Shut up, Wesley

Wheaton is a pain in the butt with his forced "jokes" and overly confident attitude.
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Sep 02, 2014
I wanted to love this show, but the jokes were just OK at best and the delivery was sub-par. I couldn't bring myself to watch after I gave it a handful of shots.
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Sep 01, 2014
Syfy sucks!!!
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Sep 01, 2014
Awww FFS! SYFY you are a waste of space!
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Sep 01, 2014
I hate SyFy.
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Aug 31, 2014
ShyFy
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Aug 31, 2014
What?, its way better than sharkneados and company. The only funny show and now SyFy turns in to MTV clone.
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Sep 28, 2014
If it was an MTV clone it'd have awesome shows like Teen Wolf.
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Aug 31, 2014
IMO, he's better at writing this stuff than delivering it. He felt completely stiff up there, and the delivery was almost painful to watch. Like a fifth grader reading off cue cards for the school play. Ugh.
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Aug 31, 2014
I suspect he wasn't the one writing the majority of it.

I thought Wheaton's delivery was fine. What he lacked in polish, he made up for in enthusiasm for the material, coming across as a fellow fan.
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Oct 02, 2014
Maybe they'll let him host Talking Dead instead of that other guy
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Aug 31, 2014
Perhaps that was part of the problem? I mean, I have always enjoyed what geekery of his I've read...but the *jokiness* here felt stilted and uncomfortable, to me anyway.
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Sep 01, 2014
I guess I didn't feel he was that uncomfortable or awkward. Other then what you'd get with a first-time performer (presumably) in front of a studio audience.
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Aug 31, 2014
And sadly, The Approval Matrix feels much the same with it's monologue lead-in.
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Aug 31, 2014
I loved it and thought it was funny and so I know I will miss it.
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Aug 31, 2014
I like Wil Wheaton and wanted his show to do well, but I just didn't find it that funny. Maybe he'll get that role in Doctor Who instead now, since he was able to ask Mark Gatiss first hand?!
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Aug 31, 2014
Any show that does Christian Bale throat lozenges,a Full-House like theme for Walking Dead, and a Game of Thrones show theme set to The Brady Bunch theme, has me hooked.

The show waned a bit in its dying days, but there was always at least one ROFL moment for me even at the end.
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Aug 31, 2014
I wonder if they'll write this into The Big Bang Theory!!

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Aug 30, 2014
Well I bloody watched it #stillcrushingonwesleycrusher
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Aug 30, 2014
Someone needs to sign up Skeletor as soon as possible now he is a free to do other projects.
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Aug 31, 2014
I always wondered if that was James Urbaniak doing the voice. Skeletor sounded just like the Monarch on Venture Brothers.
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Aug 30, 2014
It's just sad knowing that a series like The Soup (which I still enjoy, by the way) which celebrates and feeds reality television culture can run for years, and a series like The Wil Wheaton project, celebrating original niche television programming gets cancelled after one season. And people really wonder why there's a lack of original programming?
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Aug 31, 2014
Especially since Wheaton said that WWP's ratings were comparable to The Soup.
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Aug 30, 2014
"I'm super sad that I won't get to...[continue to laugh longest and hardest at my own jokes]".
Yes Wil Wheaton, Stewie from Family Guy agrees.
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Aug 30, 2014
OMG that show was like the Soup version of Scifi. Not really a big miss for us... but its sad to see it go.
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Aug 30, 2014
It was mostly a good show. He usually does a weekly roundup of the TV world and makes fun of many current shows. Perhaps he should go to another network and then make fun of SyFy instead.

I will always remember how he and his writers created theme songs for the walking dead, GOT and true blood.

If you missed them , here are the links

THE WALKING DEAD
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Aug 30, 2014
He made plenty of fun of Syfy as well. He had a semi-regular Syfy Classic Corner, and most of the movies on "How Will They Bite It? were Syfy movies.
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Aug 31, 2014
Yes the "how will they bite it" were quite fun. I never knew most of the movies mentioned and never knew they were from Syfy. I could not recall he made fun of shows like Defiance and Dominion.

Syfy seems to be the best fit for him but I do hope he try out others.
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Aug 31, 2014
I think he did one bit on Dominion when it premiered.
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Aug 30, 2014
Maybe that was a part of the problem? I can't imagine that the network would want him dissing all their original programming.
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Aug 31, 2014
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Aug 31, 2014
Syfy seems to have a healthy sense of humor about itself. It ran that anniversary feature about how their two-hour giant-fish-monster movies pretty much sucked. Just last night, they were running some feature on their shark movies and how they're pretty much lowest-common-denominator.

Syfy these days seems to be going with kind of a "Yeah, we know those movies are cheesy, but as long as some suckers keeping watching them, we'll play along because it pays the bill" attitude.
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Aug 30, 2014
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Aug 30, 2014
What Sci Fi shows do SyFy (I shudder when I type that) actually show now?
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Aug 30, 2014
I watched every episode hoping it would pick up and get better...but it never did. Maybe if he got some coaching from a comedian? I don't think I laughed a single time watching the show.
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Aug 30, 2014
I'm not surprised, it started strong - a geek version of The Soup - but got mired in repetition.

That said, HOW THE HELL COULD THIS SHOW NOT HAVE ENOUGH VIEWERS WHEN IT COSTS TWELVE CENTS AND A BALL OF TWINE TO PRODUCE?!?
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Aug 31, 2014
Yeah, I really don't get it. I mean it's just him with a green screen background. How expensive could this possibly be to film?

I didn't even consider it could be cancelled considering its so cheap to make it has to be worth something for the namesake alone.
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Aug 31, 2014
I guess they think their airtime is worth more to their sponsors than what the show was bringing in, but A) why move the timeslot around over and over while it's building an audience; and B) why not put it on at a cheaper time and let it build an audience?
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Sep 02, 2014
Or even C, take a chance at making additional free publicity by having him point it out in other places?

I mean heck, just giving him a chance to say *something* about it on a guest appearance on the Big Bang Theory could be worth it.
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Aug 30, 2014
It was everything it promised to be. It was fun and funny. I've always liked Wheton, who gets it.
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Sep 01, 2014
Sorry JT--Wheaton...
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Aug 30, 2014
Good.
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Aug 30, 2014
What the fuck were syfy expecting from the ratings? From the sounds of it the show did everything expected of them and yet again syfy has let them down. This was a really fun show with a great host and I'm going to miss it - unless another network takes pity on us sci-fi fans.
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Aug 30, 2014
Luckily, Syfy has plenty of other compelling, high quality, engaging original programming to replace it with.

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Fuck you Siffy, you're the worst.
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Aug 30, 2014
Actually, Ascension, Z Nation, and Twelve Monkeys all sound promising...
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Aug 30, 2014
Everything on Syfy always sounds promising, that's the joke.
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Aug 31, 2014
And I don't intend to speak for or about you, @No1Slayerette. But I'm not sure where you're coming from. You say for instance that they don't "interest" you.

That makes it sound like a personal preference, which is great. I wouldn't argue against anyone's personal preference. But then you say "that's the joke", which makes it seem like you're speaking for a broader perception of fans in general.

As I noted, BSG and Farscape don't interest me. But I still recognize that they're quality shows and they meet the promises that they made.

So while I'd agree with you that not every show on Syfy has met with my tastes or yours, I'd agree that they pretty much all of them delivered what they promised. They're just not promises I'm interested in. ;)

Hope that makes sense... :)
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Aug 31, 2014
And I think that's the problem, that many s.f. fans have more... specific tastes? Not picky per se, but they have more specific categories of stuff they prefer. Someone who likes space opera might not like angelic apocalypse, or monster roommates. S.F. & fantasy covers a much broader range.

With me, I don't like BSG or Farscape. But I wouldn't dismiss them as a failure of quality programming. I can't speak for others.
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Aug 31, 2014
@Gislef, you raise a fair point about catering to their audience in regards to Sharknado etc. but in terms of their original television programming, for me at least, it's left a hell of a lot to be desired.

I usually give everything they produce a try, but after two (sometimes more) episodes of Eureka, Being Human, Dominion, Sanctuary, Defiance, Helix, The Dresden Files I have never been compelled to continue watching. I don't deny that perhaps with some of the more critically acclaimed of those I should give another go, but the fact that none of these series has interested me enough to keep watching is a very troublesome trend in my eyes. Hence my comment about their shows sounding promising. My majority of the descriptions of these series I should love them, but for me something's obviously lost between the idea and putting it on television as I didn't like any of them.
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Aug 31, 2014
Okay, I forgot to mention Flash Gordon, but I don't think that had much promise in the first place... :)
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Aug 31, 2014
I'm not a huge fan of Syfy. But I think that they do what they do to keep the channel going, and to pay the bills, and the occasional concession that they have to make to the owning company, NBC (*cough wrestling cough*)

If they air a lot of crap reality shows and hokey Sharknado movesi, it's because... well, people want to watch those crap reality shows and Sharknado movies.
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Aug 31, 2014
Well, sticking to their dramas for the moment, what original s.f. shows have they had that failed to hold up to expectations? Battlestar Galactica? Haven? Stargate SG-1? Farscape? Eureka? Warehouse 13? Alphas? Being Human? Dominion? Sanctuary? Defiance? Helix? The Dresden Files? The Chronicle? The Invisible Man? Good vs. Evil? Tremors?

I think overall, pretty much any of these have been considered fairly highly. They have their detractors, but I'd say all of them sounded promising... and they were.
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Aug 30, 2014
Hopefully Wil Wheaton will focus now entirely on Tabletop and RPG show.
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Aug 30, 2014
I don't like talk shows so I never watched it. This is sad news for Wheaton fans I guess?
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Aug 30, 2014
It wasn't a talk show.
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Aug 31, 2014
I guess TV.com had it wrong then: "decision to not move forward with the freshman talk show".
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Aug 31, 2014
I guess they did, as The Wil Wheaton Project isn't a talk show. Most of the time Wil is on his own talking to the camera.
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Sep 01, 2014
"on his own talking to the camera" = talk-show without any guests
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Aug 30, 2014
I have no clue what the big deal with wheaton is, he and Felicia Day have ruined some of my favourite shows by somehow getting cast in them.
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Sep 02, 2014
I hate FD as well. I like Wil on everything but this show.

i usually dont stop watching a show until it gets canceled or has a series finale, so it's telling i stopped after 2 eps.
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Aug 30, 2014
omg are u serious FELICIA DAY IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!
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Aug 30, 2014
Felicia and Wil are both awesome, screw you dude.
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Aug 30, 2014
Tv is dead take it online Will.
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Aug 30, 2014
Yep, take it to Hulu Plus.
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Aug 30, 2014
Remove one "L" and you're on the money.
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Aug 30, 2014
You mean hWil hWeaton.
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Aug 30, 2014
Good lord I never noticed his fancy smancy way of spelling his name :)
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Aug 30, 2014
Well, that sux balls! I loved that show. SyFy is the worst.
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Aug 30, 2014
Time for Wil to put on monkey custom again.
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Aug 30, 2014
This was a good show. I love Wil Wheaton. It was the only thing that I watched on that network.
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