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I would be more excited about this if it was on a different channel. Sci-Fi half asses things.

Sci Fi Channel has greenlit the pilot "Warehouse 13," an "X-Files"-meets-"Moonlighting" take on two FBI agents in charge of a top-secret storage facility.

Two-hour pilot will shoot later this fall for a potential series berth next summer. Universal Media Studios is behind the drama written by Rockne O'Bannon, Jane Espenson and D. Brent Mote.

Channel is still determining who will remain as an exec producer beyond the pilot should "Warehouse 13" go to series.

Project joins the actioner "Revolution" in rounding out the cabler's pilot slate this fall.

According to Sci Fi original programming exec VP Mark Stern, "Warehouse 13" arose directly out of the channel's mandate to expand the scope of its original fare in order to reach wider auds, including women.

"This plays into our agenda," Stern said. "It's set in the present, it celebrates imagination, yet it's meant to broaden out our audience reach."

Comedic drama follows two agents -- a man and woman -- as they're given a "promotion" to head up the hush-hush "Warehouse 13" in South Dakota. Facility is home to a collection of strange materials collected by the government. The pair are charged with hunting down missing objects and discovering new ones -- and then bringing them back to the vaults.

"There's something rich about that whole concept," Stern said. "It's a huge storehouse, a 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'-style spot described as America's attic."

Just as a romance starts to develop between the two lead characters, one of the mysterious artifacts brings the female FBI agent's dead partner back to life -- creating quite the bizarre love triangle.

"It's a great mix of continuing stories and closed-ended ones," Stern said. "It's a nice, clean franchise."

Running more standalone skeins has been a goal at Sci Fi Channel, which has earned raves for serialized skeins including "Battlestar Galactica" -- but such shows find it difficult to recruit new viewers unfamiliar with plotlines.


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Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly have been tapped to star in Sci Fi Channel's two-hour dramedy pilot "Warehouse 13," which Jace Alexander is set to direct.

"Warehouse," from UMS, revolves around two FBI agents -- by-the-book Myka (Kelly) and rule-bender Peter (McClintock) -- who, after saving the life of the U.S. president, are relocated to Warehouse 13, a location that houses supernatural objects the government has collected over the centuries. The duo's assignment is to retrieve missing objects and investigate reports of new ones.


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Sci-Fi picked it up for a whole season.

Sci Fi Channel has given a series pickup to "Warehouse 13."

The hourlong dramedy, from Universal Cable Studios, is described as part "X-Files," part "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and part "Moonlighting."

It revolves around two FBI agents -- rule-bender Peter (Eddie McClintock) and by-the-book Myka (Joanne Kelly) -- who, after saving the life of the U.S. president, are relocated to Warehouse 13, a location that houses supernatural objects the government has collected over the centuries.

The cable channel originally ordered a two-hour pilot of the project, written by "Farscape" creator Rockne O'Bannon, "Battlestar Galactica" co-exec producer Jane Espenson and D. Brent Mote.

"13" is one of three two-hour pilots commissioned by Sci Fi in the past year, along with the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel "Caprica" and "Revolution." "Caprica" and "Revolution" are said to still be in contention for a series pickup.

The order for "13" also comes on the heels of Sci Fi's greenlighting a new "Stargate" series, "Stargate: Universe," last month.


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NEW YORK - October 5, 2010 - Buoyed by strong ratings and critical acclaim, Syfy today announced a third season pickup of 13 episodes for its hit dramedy Warehouse 13, which will return in 2011.

Universal Cable Productions also announced that Jack Kenny has signed a development deal that will return him for a third season as Executive Producer and Showrunner of Warehouse 13.

During its second season, Warehouse 13 averaged 3.43 total viewers, 1.48 million Adults 18-49, 1.78 million Adults 25-54 and a 2.4 household rating, based on DVR Live +7 data (through 10 episodes).

Warehouse 13 is Syfy's top series in 2010 for total viewers and Adults 25-54.

In making the announcement, Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Programming, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions, said: "Jack Kenny's superlative leadership and the incredible talent of his cast and crew delivered an outstanding second season of Warehouse 13. We're excited to see this successful series return next year, and to developing our next hit with Jack."

Airing Tuesdays at 9PM (ET/PT), Warehouse 13 follows two Secret Service agents who find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept 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 (Saul Rubinek) charges Agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself. Allison Scagliotti plays Claudia, Artie's apprentice.

Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is Executive Producer and Showrunner.

Warehouse 13 received its first ever Emmy nomination in 2010 with Ed Rogers nominated for Outstanding Main Title theme music.

Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA's Royal Pains, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and Facing Kate, as well as Syfy's Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Caprica . The studio also produced the long-running series Monk and Battlestar Galactica. UCP is a division of NBC Universal.

I like this show, so I'm happy.

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