Today's cuppa: decaf Irish breakfast tea
First up, click here for my latest eGuiders video pick, a pretty sweet music video by the Japanese band Sour.
Unfortunately, fitting the story for newspaper space cut out the quotes in it from series star Eddie McClintock, and that's unacceptable — and not just because he's my Facebook friend and an all-around good guy (you can see him at right, with co-star Joanne Kelly).
So, I'm waiting on a proofed copy of the full text of the story from the home office, and as soon as it arrives, I'll drop it in here. And if you're very good, I just may toss in some bonus McClintock for good measure.
UPDATE: As promised, here is the full text of the "Warehouse 13" feature story. You have been very good indeed, but I'll save the new McClintock for a separate post later on ..
All sorts of new things in Syfy’s ‘Warehouse 13’
By Kate O’Hare
On Tuesday, July 7, a popular cablenet gets a new name,
along with opening the door to a passel of mysterious artifacts and enigmatic
With the two-hour premiere of “Warehouse 13,” Sci Fi Channel
becomes Syfy and shakes up its on-screen image, hoping to expand its audience
even further beyond science-fiction fans and guys who’d watch Tricia Helfer in
Luckily for those guys, statuesque blonde Helfer is one of the
guest stars in the self-proclaimed “thrilleromedy,” which focuses on two Secret
Service agents — Peter Lattimer and Myka Bering (Eddie McClintock, Joanne
Kelly) — who save the life of the president and wind up transferred to a
storage facility called Warehouse 13.
Located in South Dakota, the top-secret bunker houses a
collection of bizarre objects, all under the care of long-time Secret Service
agent Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), who answers to Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder,
“Everybody is a closet conspiracist,” says Jack Kenny (“The
Book of Daniel,” who executive produces with David Simkins (“The Dresden
Files”). “We all want to think, ‘Oooh, there is all this stuff going on that we
don’t know about.’
“And, you know, there probably is a bunch of stuff we don’t
know about and probably don’t want to know about. We like the idea that there’s
a warehouse out there that houses everything the government doesn’t know what
to do with but needs to safeguard and protect.”
According to Kenny, it’s not just an American thing.
“We’ve gone beyond the U.S. government of it all,” he says.
“In the mythology, this is the 13th iteration of the warehouse. The first one
was the library at Alexandria, maybe. All through the centuries, the warehouse
has been moved to whatever empire was in power at the time that could protect
“It currently happens to be in the United States. Maybe,
during the ’40s, there was a slight chance that the warehouse was going to move
to Germany. Fortunately, it didn’t.
“There’s a group called the Regents — Frederic’s bosses —
that controls the warehouse and deals with its relationships with various
He also emphasizes that we’re not talking about alien bodies
from Roswell or anything of that sort.
“We don’t want to go into alien stuff,” Kenny says, “because
it stretches the point of believability. Every one of these artifacts, we want
to be absolutely viable.”
“We had a very strong mandate,” Simkins says, “to make sure
the artifacts are not extraterrestrial, are not supernatural, are not
“The artifacts come from history; they come from science.
They come from strong-willed individuals (like) Lucrezia Borgia. All the
artifacts are based in reality.
“You could go to Wikipedia or Google and look this stuff
Luckily for science-fiction fans, while the artifacts may
not be from outer space, a few of the guest stars have worked there.
Along with Helfer, there’s her “Battlestar Galactica”
co-star Michael Hogan, and “Stargate Atlantis” star Joe Flanigan.
Other guest stars include Ivan Sergei (“Charmed”), James
Naughton (“Gossip Girl”), Roger Rees (“The West Wing”) and Erica Cerra
“Warehouse 13” also has some pretty impressive names from
the science-fiction genre who worked on it during its development, including
Jane Espenson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Ronald D.
Moore (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne
O’Bannon (“Alien Nation,” “Farscape”).
Along with these heavyweight credentials, the show also promises
a sense of humor. For example, there’s the purple goo.
“Generally,” says McClintock, “I would say we work at least
12 to 13 hours a day, and we get to do a lot of running and stunts — and then
there’s purple goo. We get purple goo squirted all over us.
“The purple goo is a big story point. It’s called
neutralizer, and when we put an artifact into the purple neutralizer, it takes
all its power away and makes it easier to transport.
“The purple goo is a running theme throughout the episodes.
It’s made of purple dye and K-Y Jelly. We use it, shoot and then we have a kind
of Roman orgy afterwards.”
While McClintock is just kidding — one assumes — about the
orgy, relationships are at the heart of the show.
“This is a dysfunctional family,” Kenny says. “There are two
opposites, brother and sister, with a kind of crazy, demanding dad that doesn’t
tell them everything they need to know, but they keep going anyway.
“It’s that family dynamic, both dramatically and
comedically, that makes this show different from most of the shows that Syfy
Apparently the family dynamic carries through both on- and
“I look at myself,” McClintock says, “as the kid brother
who’s always pulling Joanne’s pigtails, and she’s always punching me in the arm
and yelling for her mom.
“I’m constantly at her, and it’s the same thing that Pete
and Myka are going through now, these growing pains.”