Today's cuppa: decaf Irish breakfast tea

EGuiders_logo First up, click here for my latest eGuiders video pick, a pretty sweet music video by the Japanese band Sour.

Next, click here for a shortened version of my syndicated feature story on Warehouse_13_Eddie_McClintock_Joanne_Kelly the new Syfy Channel (formerly known as Sci Fi Channel) series "Warehouse 13," which premieres Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, fitting the story for newspaper space cut out the quotes in it from series star Eddie McClintock, and that's unacceptable — and not just because he's my Facebook friend and an all-around good guy (you can see him at right, with co-star Joanne Kelly).

So, I'm waiting on a proofed copy of the full text of the story from the home office, and as soon as it arrives, I'll drop it in here. And if you're very good, I just may toss in some bonus McClintock for good measure.

UPDATE: As promised, here is the full text of the "Warehouse 13" feature story. You have been very good indeed, but I'll save the new McClintock for a separate post later on ..

All sorts of new things in Syfy’s ‘Warehouse 13’

By Kate O’Hare

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On Tuesday, July 7, a popular cablenet gets a new name,

along with opening the door to a passel of mysterious artifacts and enigmatic

relics.

With the two-hour premiere of “Warehouse 13,” Sci Fi Channel

becomes Syfy and shakes up its on-screen image, hoping to expand its audience

even further beyond science-fiction fans and guys who’d watch Tricia Helfer in

anything.

Luckily for those guys, statuesque blonde Helfer is one of the

guest stars in the self-proclaimed “thrilleromedy,” which focuses on two Secret

Service agents — Peter Lattimer and Myka Bering (Eddie McClintock, Joanne

Kelly) — who save the life of the president and wind up transferred to a

storage facility called Warehouse 13.

Located in South Dakota, the top-secret bunker houses a

collection of bizarre objects, all under the care of long-time Secret Service

agent Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), who answers to Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder,

“The Shield”).

“Everybody is a closet conspiracist,” says Jack Kenny (“The

Book of Daniel,” who executive produces with David Simkins (“The Dresden

Files”). “We all want to think, ‘Oooh, there is all this stuff going on that we

don’t know about.’

“And, you know, there probably is a bunch of stuff we don’t

know about and probably don’t want to know about. We like the idea that there’s

a warehouse out there that houses everything the government doesn’t know what

to do with but needs to safeguard and protect.”

According to Kenny, it’s not just an American thing.

“We’ve gone beyond the U.S. government of it all,” he says.

“In the mythology, this is the 13th iteration of the warehouse. The first one

was the library at Alexandria, maybe. All through the centuries, the warehouse

has been moved to whatever empire was in power at the time that could protect

it.

“It currently happens to be in the United States. Maybe,

during the ’40s, there was a slight chance that the warehouse was going to move

to Germany. Fortunately, it didn’t.

“There’s a group called the Regents — Frederic’s bosses —

that controls the warehouse and deals with its relationships with various

governments.”

He also emphasizes that we’re not talking about alien bodies

from Roswell or anything of that sort.

“We don’t want to go into alien stuff,” Kenny says, “because

it stretches the point of believability. Every one of these artifacts, we want

to be absolutely viable.”

“We had a very strong mandate,” Simkins says, “to make sure

the artifacts are not extraterrestrial, are not supernatural, are not

mythological.

“The artifacts come from history; they come from science.

They come from strong-willed individuals (like) Lucrezia Borgia. All the

artifacts are based in reality.

“You could go to Wikipedia or Google and look this stuff

up.”

Luckily for science-fiction fans, while the artifacts may

not be from outer space, a few of the guest stars have worked there.

Along with Helfer, there’s her “Battlestar Galactica”

co-star Michael Hogan, and “Stargate Atlantis” star Joe Flanigan.

Other guest stars include Ivan Sergei (“Charmed”), James

Naughton (“Gossip Girl”), Roger Rees (“The West Wing”) and Erica Cerra

(“Eureka”).

“Warehouse 13” also has some pretty impressive names from

the science-fiction genre who worked on it during its development, including

Jane Espenson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Ronald D.

Moore (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne

O’Bannon (“Alien Nation,” “Farscape”).

Along with these heavyweight credentials, the show also promises

a sense of humor. For example, there’s the purple goo.

“Generally,” says McClintock, “I would say we work at least

12 to 13 hours a day, and we get to do a lot of running and stunts — and then

there’s purple goo. We get purple goo squirted all over us.

“The purple goo is a big story point. It’s called

neutralizer, and when we put an artifact into the purple neutralizer, it takes

all its power away and makes it easier to transport.

“The purple goo is a running theme throughout the episodes.

It’s made of purple dye and K-Y Jelly. We use it, shoot and then we have a kind

of Roman orgy afterwards.”

While McClintock is just kidding — one assumes — about the

orgy, relationships are at the heart of the show.

“This is a dysfunctional family,” Kenny says. “There are two

opposites, brother and sister, with a kind of crazy, demanding dad that doesn’t

tell them everything they need to know, but they keep going anyway.

“It’s that family dynamic, both dramatically and

comedically, that makes this show different from most of the shows that Syfy

has done.”

Apparently the family dynamic carries through both on- and

off-screen.

“I look at myself,” McClintock says, “as the kid brother

who’s always pulling Joanne’s pigtails, and she’s always punching me in the arm

and yelling for her mom.

“I’m constantly at her, and it’s the same thing that Pete

and Myka are going through now, these growing pains.”