“The Wil Wheaton Project” Cancelled

So apparently The Wil Wheaton Project, Wil Wheaton’s nerd-culture TV show which cribbed much of its format from E!’s The Soup, has been cancelled.

Personally I’m a little disappointed, as the show continually improved in quality throughout its 12 episode run. According to Deadline, Wheaton was informed by an unnamed executive about the cancellation. Wheaton said the following:

Ultimately, he told me, the executives in New York just didn’t think we had enough viewers to justify 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. I was reasonably confident that he made those arguments with New York when he was trying to get the show renewed. I presume he fought hard for us, but ultimately couldn’t sway executives in New York who never seemed — in my opinion — to really understand what kind of show we were doing, who I was and why I was hosting it, and how to engage with and promote to the audience who would like it.

All in all, I’m sad to see the show go.

Via Deadline

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

5 thoughts on ““The Wil Wheaton Project” Cancelled

  • September 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    It also didn’t help the only way to see it was to have a subscription to cable – even to watch online legally (despite Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Prime being a thing). But hey, what do I know?

    • September 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      With clip shows like this, the rights to put them online get complicated (you need to get streaming clearance for every clip in the show). The Soup isn’t online either.

      The Soup which has run for a decade in it’s current form, and for quite a time before that as Talk Soup.

      Which gets similar ratings.

      Syfy just doesn’t know what its doing.

      • September 4, 2014 at 3:10 am

        These are the same mindless meatsacks that put pro wrestling on during prime time. Sure, the fandoms cross heavily, but I’ve been wondering for years where the science fiction went.

    • September 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Most of the shows they talkedxabout werebon cable so youd have been bored anyway

  • September 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Wil went on to say on twitter that at least now he dosent have to pretend that comcast isnt evil and posted a article link detailing just how evil


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