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Hot on the heels of his epic advice on being called a nerd, Wil Wheaton is heading back to TV. The Star Trek: The Next Generation veteran will host The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), a 12-episode weekly summer series about science fiction and genre entertainment. Described as "fast-spaced" and "lighthearted," the show will see Wheaton use his insider perspective and expertise to dissect the week's popular trending topics from news to pop culture, with film, TV, video games and viral videos mixed in.
"The Wil Wheaton Project has been incredibly fun to develop, and I can't wait for my fellow geeks to see it," Wheaton said in a statement.
It's a show for the fandom, that's for sure.
"Wil Wheaton's rock star status within the genre fan base, along with his insatiable passion for all things pop culture make him the ideal arbiter of what's hot and what's not in the genre space," Dave Howe, president of Syfy, said in a statement. "Wil's legion of fans will relish his wry sense of humor and sharp wit, coupled with his unique commentary on the most popular genre entertainment out there."
In addition to Star Trek, Wheaton's other credits include Stand By Me, Eureak, Leverage and The Big Bang Theory. Wheaton has also authored several books.
Wheaton made headlines when a video from June suddenly popped on the Internet. At a comic convention, a girl asked Wheaton if he was bullied and called a nerd when he was growing up, and if so, how did he respond. Wheaton said he was called a nerd for not liking the same things as most little boys and it hurt.
"When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you...it's about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad. They don't get positive attention from their parents. They don't feel as smart as you," he said. "It absolutely gets better as you get older," before concluding with, "Don't ever let them make you feel bad because you love something they decided is only for nerds."
The Wil Wheaton Project premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.
(E! and Syfy are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)