In preparation for this week’s season premiere of Warehouse 13, Executive Producer Jack Kenny and stars Eddie McClintock, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, and new cast member, Aaron Ashmore, spoke to the press about their characters and the show. The show returns with a key question looming from the gripping season two finale: has Myka (Joanne Kelly) left the Warehouse team for good? Joining the Warehouse is Steve Jinks (Ashmore, Smallville), an ATF agent with an innate ability to detect when someone’s lying.
Warehouse 13 follows a team of government agents who work at a massive, top-secret storage facility in South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and preternatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie Nielsen (Rubinek) charges Pete Lattimer (McClintock), Myka Bering (Kelly) and young apprentice Claudia Donovan (Scagliotti) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache.
Check out the first of four Q&As, which include great questions from Jack Kenny & Aaron Ashmore!
On how the show has changed since the beginning & why it’s so successful
Jack Kenny: It’s changed in that we’ve — like any show, at least that I’ve worked on — the actors start to tell you a lot about the characters. And so we start to write more in the direction of the actors playing the parts and their strengths and backgrounds and things.
So that sort of makes them – it enriches the characters, makes them more real to us and to them, and allows them a certain ownership of the characters so that they can actually really invest themselves.
We’ve also expanded quite a bit the mythology of The Warehouse — its history, its background, how it all works. We added Claudia, as you know, in the first season to broaden out the family. H.G. Wells last year, both good and bad — I mean the bad guy. And she’s fantastic.
And this year we’ve added Aaron Ashmore as Steve Jinks. Just sort of increasing our family and I use that word because that, I think, is one of the reasons the show is successful, aside from the incredible talent of everybody who participates — the writing staff, the cast, the crew. Syfy’s getting behind it so strongly.
I feel like because it’s a show about a family — I mean a made family — I think it’s more relatable to everybody. Everybody can sort of relate to that brother-sister-parent-child relationship one way or another. And I think that’s what we have with this show — a father, you know, a brother and a sister, a younger sister, and now a younger brother, and that crazy aunt who shows up once in a while.
And I feel like it’s something that everybody can relate to in dynamic-wise. So I think they’re willing to get on the ride with us and take that ride all the way to the end. I think they like hanging out with this family.
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