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‘Eureka,’ ‘Warehouse 13’ Plan Christmas Episodes

Will include special guest stars like ‘Taxi’s’ Judd Hirsch

Christmas episodes work for “Doctor Who,” so why not for Syfy’s most popular scripted programs?

Although they won’t necessarily air on Christmas Day, Syfy is holding back an episode each of “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13” for a special Christmas outing that will include not only a holiday-centric (and standalone) episode, but special guest appearances as well.

Judd Hirsch and Paul Blackthorne will make their way to “Warehouse 13” while Chris Parnell and Matt Frewer pop up on “Eureka.” Hirsch, of course, is known for “Taxi” as well as the 1980s comedy “Dear John.” Blackthorne wowed genre audiences as Harry Dresden on “The Dresden Files,” and most recently as Christian Harper in three episodes of “The Gates.”

Parnell is an alum of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” while Frewer has been in a number of genre projects including “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the recent Syfy movie “Alice,” and best known for being Max Headroom.

Santa Claus is coming to “Warehouse 13,” but he’s not the kind we remember, and both Pete and Myka — played by Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly — have to track him down. In the meantime, Artie (Saul Rubinek) gets in touch with his Jewish side, reuniting with his estranged father Isadore Weisfelt (Hirsch) for Hanukkah.

Blackthorne plays a harried workaholic who becomes terrorized by a strange series of robberies committed by a thief dressed as Santa Claus, according to a release.

At the same time, Global Dynamics tries to celebrate the holiday season on “Eureka” with a company holiday party and madness takes place. Parnell plays Dr. Noah Drummer who has an experiment get out of control, and Frewer stops by, reprising his role of Taggert.

No dates have been released for the episodes, but they’ll definitely air in December. Actors and producers of both shows were talking about the holiday episodes with reporters during San Diego Comic-Con, including the revelation that Hirsch would play Artie’s father in “Warehouse 13.”

The specials will be 13th episodes of both shows, meaning their current run on Syfy will only be 12 episodes.

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