Eureka!

I'm heading up to Vancouver later this week to shoot an episode of Eureka!

The SyFy (I know they're my new employers, but it still pains me to write that) Channel put out the following press release this morning:

Actor, author and blogger Wil Wheaton of the popular television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the classic film Stand By Me, has signed for a guest starring appearance on the 4th season of Eureka, one of Syfy’s most popular original series. The new season is slated to return to Syfy on Friday, July 9 at 9:00PM ET/PT.

In episode 403 of Eureka titled “All The Rage,” sci-fi fan favorite Wheaton plays the brilliant Dr. Isaac Parrish, head of the Non-Lethal Weapons Lab at Global Dynamics.  Parrish’s dry wit and superior attitude make him a thorn in Fargo’s (Neil Grayston) side — with potentially disastrous consequences. The episode featuring Wheaton is scheduled to air on Friday, July 23rd.

I've had the script for a little while, now, and I've been getting to know Dr. Isaac Parrish as I convert the words on the page into a person you'll see on television. I obviously can't go into any specifics, but I've had a great time developing his backstory, creating his relationships with the characters, giving him secrets and beliefs, and doing all the other parts of character creation that make being an actor so much fun.

As part of my homework, I spent the entire weekend watching DVDs and reading about the show on the Internets so I could understand the tone and see the characters in action … it wasn't a bad way to spend several hours, I tell you what. (In my professional opinion, time you currently spend watching a show that you hope will get better would be much more wisely spent watching reruns of Eureka.)

I'm not sure how much I'll be allowed to Twitter/Twitpic/blog from the set, but I'll keep notes like I always do and hopefully have something interesting to share when the show airs in July.

Enormous thanks go to my friend Amy Berg (who wrote The Two Live Crew Job and created my character Chaos on Leverage) who joined Eureka this season and found a way for me to visit it.

111 thoughts on “Eureka!”

  1. I am so excited to hear this. Eureka is one of my favorite shows and I’ve been eagerly awaiting its July return to my television. Now, I really can’t wait for the new season to start!

  2. Love Eureka, and you’ll be brilliant on it it. Just not quite as brilliant as if I had ever actually made “Stewie Griffin as Don Cherry Presents W(h)il Wheaton Celebrity Pro Hockey”.
    OK. No. I take it back. You’ll be better in Eureka.
    Congrats!

  3. Us Vancouverites will try and roll out the good weather carpet for you though we may have used it all up for the Olympics. Sorry.
    PS: I’m glad your Kings made it to the playoffs for you this year but I’m sorry my Canucks are going all the way. ;) (It’s gotta happen at least once in my lifetime!)

  4. Cool! I don’t watch that particular show, but I think it’s great that you’ve been doing all this guest starring work lately. Especially so considering how you felt about acting a few years back (I just finished listening to Just a Geek yesterday). I think the writer/actor hybrid class is a good fit for you. ;-)

  5. Now all you need to do is be on Castle, NCIS, and How I Met Your Mother and you’ll have been on all of my favorite shows.
    Seriously though, congrats on Eureka. I can think of no better place for a geek.

  6. I just wanted to say this sounds great! Eureka is one of my favorite shows.
    On a side note, I missed the first 2 seasons of The Big Bang Theory, so if it had not been for you blogging about it I probably would have never watched it. Now I own the first 2 seasons on DVD. :)

  7. Congratulations! I’ve never seen Eureka, but I hear good things about it. Maybe I’ll start watching it. After all, I hadn’t seen Leverage before you starred as Chaos, and now I love it.
    Cheers.

  8. I’m thinking we should start a letter writing campaign to get Wil the SyFy trifecta. Eureka is taken care of, now we just need to get him on Caprica and Stargate Universe.

  9. After 16 years on the Internet, I finally figure out RSS feeds.
    Wil, congrats on your role, it will prepare you for your major starring role in my new screenplay, heh.

  10. I’d rather see him on Warehouse 13 and Sanctuary. I’m sorry, but Stargate: Soap Opera is a disgrace (I thought the newest episode was getting better, and then it jumped right back into all too familiar territory in the last few minutes). Caprica might be okay, it at least has potential, though I’ve only watched the 2 hour pilot so far and haven’t kept up with it.
    Wil, you should put up a poll so we can vote on what we’d like to see you on most. Burn Notice, the shows Cal and I mentioned, plus the ton of others I’m sure I’m missing that you’d be a great fit for, too. It might sound ego driven, but remember, you didn’t ask for it, your fans did, and I’m certain I’m not alone, so it wouldn’t be arrogant at all. Might even be surprising to see the results!

  11. “Cool” on two fronts….
    First – congrats on the guest star gig;
    Second – with quality sci-fi series getting whacked (and I blame whoever is the Fox bozo-in-charge), and having not heard anything of Eureka for a while, I was afraid it too had been canceled. If you’re heading up there, either somebody is playing a late April Fools trick on you, or we GET ANOTHER SEASON OF EUREKA!!!

  12. I love Eureka and have been waiting (and waiting and waiting and waiting) for its return. I knew it was renewed and just on one of Sci-Fi’s crazy long breaks, but it has been FOREVER.
    This lessens that blow a bit.
    Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see your episode!

  13. One of my favorite shows – right up there with Leverage for smart, tight writing – LOVE that you’ll be appearing there too!
    And as nextekcarl says, I’d LOVE to see you on Sanctuary, Warehouse13 or Burn Notice – heck, USA’s doing some decent work – Plain Sight would be a blast (you in the witness relocation program ;>) – or in Psych as someone the lead has to keep up with – because you’re a *real* psychic – you’d have fun with any of those!

  14. So true on SGU, IMHO. I like Wil’s comment on it being better to watch reruns of Eureka than to watch something else hoping it will get better. Looks like it’s so long to SGU for me!

  15. The way the last season ended I was wondering if it was a series finale or something, so I’m double glad to hear that a) is is coming back, and b) one of my favorite guest stars will be on early in the season, and finally, c) one of the great writers from my other favorite show is joining it. Seriously, there’s nothing but good news in your blog post, Wil!

  16. You’re coming to Vancouver????!!!!!?? Sweet! Too bad we couldn’t meet up and I could show you my geek haunts.
    Look towards the Golden Ears mountains and wave … that’s where I live. Have a great time in Vancouver, and if you have time, Golden Age Collectables has the original boxed set versions of D&D … I think I remember seeing the Red Box set there.

  17. Congrats! I just realized how strange and cool it is that I can be so happy for a person Iv’e never really met(that would be you)! It is kind of wierd though that I can be just as happy that you got a cool acting gig as I am for a RL friend who is going to have her first baby…is something wrong with me?

  18. I’m up here in Vancouver this week for work. I’ve got to tell you, this is an abso-freaking-ly gorgeous place. The views of the mountains north of the city are amazing.

  19. Now he need only to go to Boston to film a show that takes place in Vancouver to complete the film Wheaton triuberate.
    Bostonians – make it so.

  20. Whoa! Not only are you going to be on one of my favorite shows, but you’re going to be head of the Non-Lethal Weapons Lab?!? Will you have a psychofrakulator? Or a Herkimer Battle Jitney?

  21. Well, I'm not supposed to say anything specific, but I guess it couldn't hurt to tell you that I have a Technobabble 5000 XLT.

  22. Seriously, you’re coming to town. We have to do a tweetup! You’re also very welcome to join us on Friday night for our Stargate: Universe/V:The New Series night where 30 of us or so hang out and get our geek on. We’ve been known to have stars from certain Vancouver shot shows join us and it may be worth your while to come and play for the night. To find out where message me at http://twitter.com/Simbeau and I’ll let you know where and when.
    And yes, there will be beer. :)
    Yay Canada!
    Scott Imbeau
    PS. Was kinda hoping you might be into a donation for our Can’t Stop The Serenity that is upcoming. I know, it’s kinda low to ask you here but I wouldn’t be doing my scrounging for charity job if I didn’t ask.

  23. Fantastic news! I love Eureka, such a great and funny show. I’m sure you’ll be excellent, after all, it’s the ultimate geek town…

  24. Sweeet, Eureka is a great and funny. “SyFy” UGH :/ I wonder what genius came up with that awesome re-branding. He probably based the idea on a SMS from his 13 year old daughter.

  25. Awesome Wil!
    Welcome, in advance, to the Lower Mainland. I’d like to also drop the Golden Age Collectibles (downtown, Granville St.) name/suggestion. It’s a store that I always made time for when I ventured downtown. Last time I was there it was one side comics/other side everything else geek.
    May I make a stronger case for a store in Langley (if you have the time) called Toy Traders? It is the most epic win store I have ever been in. Period.
    Remember how you always wanted to set up the battle for Hoth – with SW figs, for real? Yeah… they’ve done that plus more and more. And it’s IN the toy store. Look here (with pics and vid): http://www.digitaldoodles.com/dp/200906/toy-traders
    It’s kinda a Field of Dreams for geeks.

  26. I’m still bugged by the silly change in spelling after the dude that runs/owns/PRs the network insulted his main audience with a horrible prejudiced statement.
    (see http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/03/sci_fi_channel_aims_to_shed_ge.php)
    It seems he just doesn’t understand what real Science Fiction is or who the people that read/write it are.
    But I still watch the good shows on that network and will be happy to see you on a clever, funny and not-too-serious show. The moment someone new shows up on Eureka, you know they’re responsible for some of the mayhem appearing on the show and the silly or non-existent reasoning in how they get to that mayhem is part of the fun.
    You’re almost turning into a Leslie Nielsen type with guest staring rolls on more and more shows. So, when are you going to change from that “leading man” type to the “Naked Gun” type of actor? ;^>

  27. Sadly, I don’t think there are any series filming here. Even Fringe has moved from New York to Vancouver, which – pretty as it is – looks even less like Boston.
    Hollywood has started filming lots of movies here, though, so that could work.

  28. Woohoo! And I thought I was excited for the return of Eureka before. Wheaton vs. Grayston is going to be fantastic. I can tell already. :D
    I hope you enjoy your time up north. I too love Canada and am extremely jealous that you’re getting paid to visit. If you’re in need of any restaurant suggestions, you should check out the blog of one Joe Mallozzi writer/producer for the Stargate franchise and foodie extraordinaire.

  29. As Scott says get in touch with us if you want to meet a bunch of fans who gather every Friday Nite. Watch Stargate and V and maybe meetup with some of your colleagues from the industry.

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