Syfy announced today that actor and geek superstar Wil Wheaton, best known for his roles on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the classic film Stand By Me, will be making an appearance on Eureka as Dr. Isaac Parrish, head of the Non-Lethal Weapons Lab at Global Dynamics.
Wheaton's episode is scheduled to air on Friday, July 23.
Here's what Wheaton had to say about his casting over at his blog today:
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.)
And here's Syfy's official announcement.
FAN FAVORITE WIL WHEATON (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION / STAND BY ME) TO GUEST STAR ON SYFY'S EUREKA
New York, New York - April 5, 2010 - 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.
Eureka seems like any other cozy, Pacific Northwest town, but is actually a secret community of geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. What they've unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen... and does. New and returning fans won't want to miss the big changes in store for everyone in the small town of Eureka after a cataclysmic shift turns their lives upside down.
Eureka stars Colin Ferguson ("Sheriff Jack Carter") Salli Richardson-Whitfield ("Allison Blake"), Joe Morton ("Henry Deacon") Erica Cerra ("Jo Lupo"), Neil Grayston ("Douglas Fargo"), Niall Matter ("Zane Donovan"), James Callis ("Dr. Grant), and features Jordon Hinson ("Zoe Carter"). Co-creator Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller are Executive Producers. The series is produced and distributed by Universal Cable Productions.
Settling comfortably last summer into its new night, Fridays at 9PM, Eureka's third season was its highest-rated and most-watched season ever averaging an impressive 3.2 million total viewers per week (with full DVR data factored in). It was also the show's best season ever in adults 18-49 (averaging 1.4 million per week) and adults 25-54 (1.6 million per week).
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