Wil Wheaton Scores Syfy Show After Bullying Advice Goes Viral (Video)

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Friday, 04 Apr 2014 12:28 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Geeks everywhere can take solace in the words of fellow nerd Wil Wheaton, especially now that the former "Star Trek" actor has landed his own show on Syfy.

The 41-year-old actor, a dork-world hero since his role as Wesley Crusher on the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," made headlines this week after his response to a bullying question at Denver's ComicCon last summer went viral.

"When I was a little boy I was called a nerd all the time because I did not like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science, and I thought school was really cool. And it hurt, a lot," Wheaton told a girl who asked if he'd ever been bullied as a kid. "Because it's never okay when a person makes fun of you for something you didn't choose. We don't choose to be nerds. We can't help it that we like these things. And we shouldn't apologize for liking these things . . . Don't let them make you feel bad because you love something."

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"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. They don't understand the things that you understand," he said . . . And I'll tell you this; it absolutely does get better when you get older."

Days after Wheaton's bullying speech went viral, Syfy announced that the actor will host a new weekly talk show, "The Wil Wheaton Project," to kick off in May.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will feature Wheaton's perspective on the week's most important issues to geeks, including sci-fi films, pop culture, video games, and viral videos.

"I really love that I get to be part of something that brings science fiction back to Syfy, and if I read correctly between the lines during our meetings with the Syfy executives, this is just the beginning of the network formerly known as Sci-Fi returning to its science fiction roots, which is awesome," Wheaton wrote on his website.

"Developing the show has been incredibly fun, and like I wrote last week, when I met the full staff of writers and producers, I was floored by how talented and funny they are. We're going to make something that I just know you’re going to love, and I hope that so many people love it, we’ll get to make it for years to come."




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