Looking forward and looking back: Warehouse 13 Interview with Jack Kenny, Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly
Fans were shocked when Syfy announced the cancellation of popular series Warehouse 13. Although Syfy promised a final short season to tie up loose ends, it is still a little sad to think that the adventure is almost over. Cast members Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly, along with show executive producer Jack Kenny, recently spoke about their favorite memories from the show, as well as gave us a glimpse of what to look forward to in the final season.
Starting off, I asked the three about their favorite experience during their four seasons of working on Warehouse 13. Kelly was the first to respond, “I think this new season coming up is my favorite.”
Kenny, however, remembered the second Christmas episode, where the Warehouse 13 team channeled It’s A Wonderful Life . He said, “I think that was my favorite time because you got to see all the characters how they would be if they hadn’t gone – if they hadn’t found Warehouse 13, where they would all be.” He continued, “It was a fun episode. I love Christmas so that was my favorite experience so far.”
For McClintock, his favorite memory was off set, when he and Kelly closed the New York Stock Exchange. “When the show got picked up, we went to New York and we closed the NASDAQ and we were in Times Square and it said on the NASDAQ, Syfy welcomes Warehouse 13,” he said. After laughing, he added,”Then I got my picture took with me out in front and all big and my head was gigantic.”
Kenny chimed in with another good moment for the series. He said, “I remember when we walked out onto the Comic-Con stage last year into the big room and there were 6,000 people screaming and cheering. I thought that was pretty amazing. It was really wild to see that many people that appreciate the hard work we do all year.”
The conversation turned sad when the three talked about missing the experience of being on the show. McClintock – in a rare serious moment – “What I’m going to miss most is coming to work every day and seeing all my friends. These people, truly after five years have become my family. It’s not just a cliché, it’s really true. I love these people. I’m trying not to think about it. I’m not going to think about it until, you know, we call series wrap, and then I guess I’ll be forced to think about it.”
Kelly agreed, “Think about the fact that we’ve been here, for me now, it’s six years of working. These people become a huge part of your life, the people that you spend the most time with. To not wake up and see them every day is going to be really strange and weird, and I don’t like to think about it.”
Kenny said, “I think I’m going to miss having this kind of talent. Because you don’t always get this kind of talent, you don’t always get the gift of these kind actors who can do anything. And you can throw anything at them, and they’re ready to go, go, go. They’ll just dive right in. I’m going to miss that work environment.” He also gave huge credit to the team behind the cameras, who are also part of the Warehouse 13 family.
So what can we expect in the final short six-episode season of Warehouse 13? After teasing that everyone dies in the end, McClintock said, “All we can tell you is that all the things you’ve come to expect from this show over the years- it’s all going to be compressed into six episodes. So you’re going to get the best. I think Mark Stern said to Jack, ‘all of the things that you’ve always wanted to do in the last few years? Go ahead and do them.’ So if you think there’s going to be a dancing and singing episode, there may just be a dancing and singing episode.” As to just how serious McClintock is about that, though, is anyone’s guess.
“There are a couple of really cool things that are in store. We have two standalone episodes that are very artifact-laden,” said Kelly.
“The characters will have a very, very satisfying final episode,” Kenny said. I think it’s going to be basically six episodes in one. When Season 5 was being ordered or on the fence of being ordered, the writers broke out about 10 or 12 stories and we only got six scripts so we’re doing five solid stories and the sixth script is going to have six more stories in it. It’s very full, our last one.”
One particular plot point that has come up this season concerns the news that Myka – Kelly’s character – has cancer. However, Kenny assured fans that this won’t take over the final six episodes. “I think the last six episodes of the show have got to be about moving forward in life, and what they’re all doing,” Kenny stated. “So it’s not – her cancer is not going to be a focus of the last six episodes. We’re going to focus on their relationship, each character to each other, and how they move forward in life.”
Kenny also mentioned that the final season will have a new and surprising villain. But as to who or what that may be? We’ll have to keep watching to find out. However, a list of guest stars has been released for those six episodes. Both Rene Auberjonois and Lindsey Wagner will be returning, along with Paula Garcés, Jaime Murray and Kelly Hu.
Don’t miss this season’s finale of Warehouse 13 on Monday, July 8, 2013 on Syfy. Watch a sneak peek below. And stay tuned for the final season, airing next summer.