It's time for "Warehouse 13" to take its place on top of the Syfy programming heap, and it will do it in grand style.
Reports are circulating that the series from showrunner Jack Kenny is expanding from 13 episodes to 20 in the upcoming fourth season. Even more, Airlock Alpha has learned that the cable channel is considering moving its fourth season premiere up as well.
There has been no official announcement of either news so far, but The Hollywood Reporter described the move as one that made sense for Syfy's top-rated show that draws about 2 million viewers each week. The series centers on U.S. Secret Service agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering, played by Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly, who collect supernaturally tainted artifacts and bring them back to a super (secret) warehouse facility in North Dakota. The series also stars Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, Genelle Williams and CCH Pounder.
This would be the largest season yet for "Warehouse 13," which has enjoyed 13-episode seasons in its first three years.
Now, the cable channel can toy with the idea of splitting the season up -- similar to what Syfy has done in the past with shows like "Stargate: Universe" and "Battlestar Galactica" -- which will actually push the season to an earlier start. In previous years, "Warehouse 13" has premiered in mid-summer. This year, sources tell Airlock Alpha that it could actually be April.
Kenny himself hinted to an earlier start in December when he appeared on Airlock Alpha's Alpha Waves Radio podcast. There he shared that the writers room had been opened for Season 4 since Sept. 19, much sooner than before. In fact, by the time he appeared in the Dec. 1 episode of Alpha Waves Radio, his team had already started work on the seventh episode of the season.
"It was earlier than usual because we thought ... we were preparing ... [Syfy doesn't] know when we are premiering yet," Kenny said at the time. "There is a possibility that we will premiere earlier than later, and to be on the safe side, we decided to start writing earlier."
In fact, it's possible that "Warehouse 13" could be going in front of the cameras by February, giving just enough time to prep the series for an April premiere. That would put "Warehouse 13" up against network programming, many of it heading into the dangerous May sweeps stage, but Pete and Myka have proved to be solid against such competition in the past when seasons would bleed into the fall.
The success of the show continues in a potential spinoff featuring Jaime Murray, who plays the recurring H.G. Wells in the series. That project, however, is still in the conceptual stage, Kenny told Airlock Alpha in December, and wouldn't' be ready before 2013.
Once again, none of this has been confirmed by Syfy, and should be treated as any rumor would.
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