Aaron Ashmore (Jimmy Olsen) in the season 6 premiere of Smallville.
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Syfy has announced the casting of boyish Canadian actor Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) to join its series Warehouse 13. He'll play new agent Steve Jinks (Jinks? Really?) who has the ability to tell when someone is lying. I wonder if they writers will remember this ability more often than they have Pete's "vibes"?
Season 2 ended with Myka walking away from the team, traumatized by H.G. Wells's betrayal. Jinks will be partnering with Pete as a fill-in for Myka, at the behest of Mrs. Frederic. How will this work out? Jinks's more concrete ability will likely lead him to bridle at Pete's more instinctive approach, at least at first. It's not clear at the moment what level of appearance Myka (Joanne Kelly) will have in season 3, or how durable Ashmore's role will be.
Ashmore played the increasingly troubled Jimmy Olsen--er, Henry James Olsen--on Smallville from 2006 to 2009, and before that and since has had a number of plum recurring and guest-starring roles in high-profile series.
Warehouse 13 is not only Syfy's most consistently top-rated show, but the scripted show in its roster most likely to do well with female viewers--so adding a cute male cast member, rather than automatically partnering Pete with another strong-minded woman, is an interesting but not surprising choice.
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