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The Wil Wheaton Interview

Well, you apparently had a lot of fun doing the show. If the right role came along, would you consider becoming a series regular again?
Wheaton:
Yeah. I think it would depend on a lot of things. I don't want to lose too much time writing, I don't want to lose too much time being with my family, but if something came along that was as much fun and was as well-written as what I did on <>Criminal Minds, or what I did on Leverage, yeah, of course. I would love to find myself in a position where I have to decide, "Gosh, do I want to be on a series?" That's awesome. I think that decision-making process would last about as long as it takes me to type the word "yes."

What do you think of Jeri Ryan joining Leverage as a substitute grifter?
Wheaton:
I think that's great. The way that they have handled [actress] Gina Bellman's pregnancy and incorporated that into Sophie's arc is, I think, really interesting and really clever. It's logical, it's not something where they're sort of forcing it all in. Jeri is a terrific actor, and I'm really excited to see how the crew, who have only been together for -- even if you assume it's real time -- have only been together for about 18 months, to see how they react to the introduction of a new player, kind of in the middle of a new season. I'm really excited to see how they choose to address that.

Tell us about your upcoming book, Memories of the Future?
Wheaton:
Memories of the Future is a collection of humorous anecdotes and recaps of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you've watched Mystery Science Theater 3000, you'll know where I'm coming from with this. It started out as a series of episode recaps that were supposed to be silly, and poke fun at how The Next Generation kind of struggles for its first season to figure out what it wants to be and how it's gonna set itself apart from the original series. And while I was writing it, I thought, well, anybody can sit down and watch these DVDs and have a laugh about it. What makes it unique for me is that I remember doing this, and I can kind of talk about that a little bit. So then it kind of became a kind of like a high school yearbook, for me. If you've ever pulled a yearbook off the shelf and pointed at people and been like "I remember that guy!" and "Remember when we went there?" and "Oh my God, I can't believe I thought that was cool," that's the point of view of this book.

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