A lot has changed since the beginning of 2012.
"Warehouse 13" was riding high, even with the sudden departure of sister show "Eureka," and it looked like it could last forever after Syfy expanded its fourth season order from 13 episodes to 20.
But now, "Warehouse 13" gets ready for what will be its fifth and final season. And showrunner Jack Kenny and his crew have just six episodes to wrap it up.
"That you all for the 'Warehouse 13' love," star Eddie McClintock told his fans via Twitter. "Six episodes [are] definitely better than a 'get lost.' I promise we won't let you down."
Kenny told Airlock Alpha after the decision was made that his writing team already had six "fantastic episodes planned."
"I'm just glad they gave us a nice exit," Kenny said. "Way better than just canceled. I think."
Reports of a six-episode pickup had started circulating Thursday morning, with Airlock Alpha unable to corroborate the story. However, Deadline.com broke the news late Thursday evening.
"'Warehouse 13' has been an incredible signature series for us," Mark Stern, Syfy's president of original content, told Deadline. "We are grateful to the loyal and passionate fan base, and know that Jack Kenny, his gifted creative team, and outstanding ensemble cast will give them an amazing finale season."
"Warehouse 13" premiered in 2009 to modest audience buzz, and always seemed to play second-fiddle to something on the Syfy schedule, even when it was the cable channel's top-rated scripted program.
It still brings in a strong audience. However, it has been recently overshadowed by the new Syfy series "Defiance," which indirectly caused "Warehouse 13" to get pushed to the 10 p.m. slot -- a death slot for a family-oriented show.
Kenny and other members of the cast pushed for more and more viewers during the mid-season break of the show, fearing that the axe could fall on the little show that could. However, it did seem unlikely that Syfy would cancel the show at the end of this season -- if it were planning it at all -- because Kenny told Airlock Alpha in April that he ended the season on the cliffhanger, and without at least a reduced fifth season, there would be no way to tie up the loose ends.
The original concept of "Warehouse 13" was developed by "Farscape" creator Rockne S. O'Bannon, and later received some revision help from "Battlestar Galactica" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum Jane Espenson and D. Brent Motes. Kenny took over after the first group of episodes were produced, adding a lot of humor to the show, and creating situations that made audiences have to figure out if it was OK to laugh and cry at the same time.
McClintock, Joanne Kelly and Saul Rubinek were a part of the show through its entire run, with Allison Scagliotti joining as Claudia part way into the first season, and CCH Pounder's Mrs. Frederic turning up from time to time. Other regulars on the show, both past and present, include Genelle Williams, Simon Reynolds, Aaron Ashmore and Jaime Murray.
Reports are that the final season will hit Syfy's airwaves in early 2014.
"Warehouse 13" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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