As if determined to prove that it's more interested in fantasy dramedy than serious sci-fi, Syfy has announced a spin-off from Warehouse 13 featuring Jaime Murray's character, the duplicitous Helena (H.G.) Wells.
Jaime Murray as Helena Wells in Warehouse 13.
The project is in the early stages of development, but it is being backed by Warehouse 13 showrunner Jack Kenny. The plan is to set the series during Wells's lifetime, before she was "bronzed" (i.e., frozen in time by Warehouse authorities), and to imbue the show with a "steampunk" aesthetic. Its start date has not been announced.
Warehouse 13 itself is due to premiere its 13-episode third season on July 11, with new recurring cast member Aaron Ashmore. In its second season, in which Wells at first aided and then betrayed the Warehouse team across six episodes, the show averaged 3.4 million viewers, making it Syfy's biggest scripted hit series.
The premise sounds intriguing, and there's no question that the glamorous Murray, a British veteran best known for her appearances on Dexter, can anchor a series--despite the utter failure of the last show she headlined, Valentine. That literally bottom-rated show was a disaster from its ill-omened moment of conception, and Murray, deservedly, emerged scot-free. Since then, in addition to her gig on Warehouse she's appeared on The Beautiful Life and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
Plans are far from firm, but it's possible that the spin-off concept will be introduced in the main Warehouse series in a cross-over episode.
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