If you live on the East Coast, you already know that Saul Rubinek, who plays Artie, the wacky warehouse guardian on the SyFy show “Warehouse 13,” has returned.
The Dish Rag talked with Saul over the weekend. He had just watched the season premiere of his show with a small audience who thoroughly enjoyed it. “My kids — they’re 19 and 15 — and my in-laws liked it. Of course, they’re prejudiced, but I can usually tell when they’re bored.”
And he’s glad everyone will find out Tuesday (July 6) that he’s still alive, after being resurrected by an artifact. “I don’t think many people were in doubt that I would return,” he admits. “It would have been in the press about my doing other projects if I wasn’t coming back.”
However, he’s not off the hook yet. “Are there long-term consequences to being resurrected?” he wonders. “No one is really sure.” Oh no. More to worry about. As for the rest of the season, Rubinek says to expect a lot of time tripping.
]]>Dan Brown‘s “Da Vinci Code” ideas about the Catholic church and
the Holy Grail.
“Some of these things are very accurate and based on really
interesting mysteries. The show has tapped into peoples’ fascinations
into the patterns and tendrils that arc throughout our history,” he says.
He applauds the writers for spending a lot of time researching artifacts based on historical accuracy. And he finds the show’s ability to attract male and female, young and old fans, remarkable.
“I get recognized for ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Frasier,’ ‘True Romance,’
but when my son and I were crossing the country last August and
stopping in little towns, 75 percent of the time the fans who came up were for ‘Warehouse
13’ and the show had only been on the air seven or eight times. And the
demographic was so male, female, wide, black, white or green, ages
He attributes the success to the good actors he works with — primarily Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly — great
writing and to the mix of comedy with drama: “I challenge any show on
network or cable to walk a better tightrope between comedy and drama
than we do.”
When we suggest they try to bottle that secret formula and store it in Warehouse 13, Rubinek laughs.
“That’s a great Idea. ‘What is this?’ ‘It’s a formula for a successful
television series and everyone wants it.’ ‘Let’s hide it in the
warehouse.’ I’ll have to tell [showrunner] Jack Kenny about that.”
Read more about “Warehouse 13” Season 2 and the show’s plans for Comic-Con 2010 here.
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