Syfy Cancels Wil Wheaton Talk Show
5:25 PM PDT 8/29/2014 by Lesley Goldberg
The host announced the news Friday on his blog: "Executives in New York just didn’t think we had enough viewers to justify more episodes"
Syfy will not continue on with its Wil Wheaton talk show.
The weekly Wil Wheaton Project has been canceled after 12 episodes, the host announced Friday. Syfy did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.
"I'm really OK with it," Wheaton recounted on his blog. "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."
Ultimately he said Syfy executives told him that the series did not have "enough viewers to justify more episodes" of the series.
Syfy announced the series in April for a May debut. The show featured Wheaton dissecting sci-fil film, TV, video games, viral videos and news of interest to the geek community. The half-hour series hailed from Pilgrim Studios, with Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols (Ghost Hunters) on board as exec producers.
The cancellation comes as Syfy has recommitted to going back to the more traditional sci-fi and fantasy genre that viewers had come to expect from the network.
The NBCUniversal-owned network becomes the latest cabler to unsuccessfully attempt to enter the talk show space. While Comedy Central has found success with Chris Hardwick's geek-infused @Midnight and Bravo re-upped Andy Cohen and his Watch What Happens Live for two more seasons, FXX's W. Kamau Bell entry, Comedy Central's Anthony Jeselnik show as well as MTV's Nikki & Sara Live did not fare as well.