Wil Wheaton Returns to TV as Esports Competition Show Host
In his next major television role, Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Wil Wheaton will host an esports reality competition show called GameMaster.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, GameMaster "places 12 amateur, aspiring esports athletes under one roof where they will live together and compete for a $100,000 grand prize. Each week, a contestant will be sent home with the season culminating in a one-on-one battle between the top two competitors." The first season will run for nine episodes on an as-yet unannounced streaming service.
The upcoming series was created by John Colp. Laurie Lockliear will executive produce, while Michael Sokolon serves as head writer. All four GameMaster masterminds will appear on a panel for the show at the South by Southwest Festival next month, where more information is sure to be shared.
“GameMaster takes the love of gaming and elevates it to a whole new level through the first immersive, multi-platform, head-to-head competition for both casual and diehard gaming fans,” Colp said in a statement. “Our players won’t play the same game from noon to night. They will play different games throughout and, at the end, the person who has the best cumulative score will be crowned the champion.”
In addition to Star Trek, Wheaton has appeared in Powers, The Guild, The Big Bang Theory and Stand By Me. He has lent his voice to such properties as Teen Titans, various Transformers projects and Batman: The Brave and The Bold. His previous video game voice work includes Grand Theft Auto V, DC Universe Online, Rainbox Six: Lockdown and more. Notably, he put in a cameo appearance for the first part of "Crisis on Infinite Earths," The CW's massive Arrowverse crossover.
GameMaster does not yet have a release date or a streaming service.