This story contains some spoilers for the Season 3 finale of “Warehouse 13.”
The holidays are fun and cheerful with special presents from those that we love. That includes people we love — like our favorite television shows.
Syfy is airing Christmas specials of its top-rated dramas, including “Eureka,” “Warehouser 13” and Haven Dec. 6. All three shows are outside their regular story continuity, but each one offers something special. Especially “Warehouse 13,” which took a more serious approach this year to bring “It’s a Wonderful Life” to the life of Pete Lattimer.
Thankfully for showrunner Jack Kenny, this episode is not a direct follow-up to the exciting Season 3 cliffhanger that saw the death of some beloved Warehouse agents as well as the complete destruction of the Warehouse itself. Instead, Pete (Eddie McClintock) slips in the Aisle of Noel in the Warehouse, knocking some artifacts off the shelf, including one that will make it as if he never existed.
“Our Christmas episodes are a gift to the fans,” Kenny told Alpha Waves Radio. “Our seasons are usually cliffhangers and big scary things, and I don’t want to have to wrap that up at Christmas. Who knows if everyone is watching, and this is why I like it. It is separate.”
Even though he gets to ignore the cliffhanger in the Christmas episode, Kenny does have to circle back eventually to tell us what happens next, and that will start with Season 4 next year. The question, though, is will the answer be satisfying?
“I don’t worry that fans will say, ‘Oh, come on,'” Kenny said. “The one thing that the fans have learned is trust us, we have your best interests at heart. We are not going to mess with the show we know you love. We are going to take chances, go out on limbs and try things. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t. We are always going to be pushing the edge of the envelope and trying new stuff to see how far we can go with things.”
For the season ender, however, Kenny says he’s not as worried about how he will continue the show after the warehouse destruction. In fact, that had been planned out for more than a year. He’s more concerned about how they will follow up in Season 4.
“Once you blow up the warehouse, what’s next? Blow up the universe?” Kenny said. “I knew last year how we were getting out of this. You can’t paint yourself into a corner without knowing what the door is.”
That comes from creating strong story arcs, and the writers for “Warehouse 13” are already together now to plan out the Season 4 arc. But don’t expect Kenny to share.
“I can’t say anything about it, but it will be interesting, it will be great fun,” he said. “It will be a fun ride.”
Earlier this year, Syfy announced plans to develop a spinoff show featuring Jaime Murray’s popular character H.G. Wells.
“They announced that pilot before we even pitched an idea,” Kenny said of the network. “Right now, it’s the last thing on my mind because I am deep in the throes of fourth season stuff.”
However, “Warehouse 13” writer Bob Goodman has taken the reins on developing the series. Characters are in place, as well as some potential stories. But what’s in the works now is what will be used as a pilot story.
Syfy is still very excited about the possibility, and despite the fate of H.G. Wells on “Warehouse 13” in Season 4, it won’t affect the spinoff since it will take place before the events of the current show.
But Kenny won’t let that work interfere with “Warehouse 13.” Once pre-production starts on the series, he’s busy there. In fact, if it wasn’t for his dedication to “Warehouse 13,” they likely could’ve had an H.G. Wells series ready to go by spring.
“We don’t get stretched thin, at least I don’t,” Kenny said. “I love this show and I am on the this train until it pulls into the last station.”
And based on the growing audience for Syfy’s No. 1-rated scripted show, that last station is a long way away.
You can hear the full interview with Jack Kenny right now on Alpha Waves Radio. You can download the podcast for free on iTunes, or you can stream it on your computer through the show’s official broadcast page.
The “Warehouse 13” Christmas special airs Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy. It follows “Eureka” at 8 p.m. and airs just before the holiday episode of “Haven” at 10 p.m.
Alpha Waves Radio will have a special broadcast Dec. 22, featuring journalists and fans of “Doctor Who” exploring the fate of that series, and whether a movie outside the Whoniverse is a good idea. Confirmed guests so far include Ian Cullen from Sci-Fi Pulse, Kenn Gold from MediaBlvd, Elliott Serrano from Chicago Red Eye’s Geek to Me, and Airlock Alpha’s very own Ann Morris.