'Warehouse 13': Eddie McClintock in the Land of Mystic Toys

eddie-mcclintock-warehouse-13.jpgSyfy brings its hit shows "Warehouse 13" and "Eureka" to Comic-Con International on Friday, July 24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The panels for both shows -- each featuring the main cast and producers -- are back-to-back, with "Eureka" star Neil Grayston moderating the "Warehouse 13" panel, and "Warehouse 13" star Allison Scagliotti moderating the "Eureka" panel.

That's because the two actors are participating in a crossover event, with Grayston dropping by "Warehouse 13" on Tuesday, Aug. 3, and Scagliotti visiting the town of "Eureka" on Friday, Aug. 6.

But first, both shows must actually have their premieres, beginning with the launch of Season 2 of "Warehouse 13" on Tuesday (July 6). Season 4 of "Eureka" comes along on Friday.

Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly return to "Warehouse 13" as Secret Service Agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering, respectively, who have been assigned to a secret government facility that houses supernatural objects. From time to time, these objects go missing -- with often dire consequences -- and new ones pop up, which keeps the duo busy.

At the close of last season, nefarious former Warehouse agent James MacPherson ( Roger Rees) had invaded the facility with apparently fatal consequences for the man who runs it, MacPherson's former colleague and friend Dr. Arthur "Artie" Nielsen ( Saul Rubinek).

Calling in from the show's sets in Toronto, Canada, McClintock tells Zap2it, "Well, I think that it's pretty obvious that Artie is coming back, but we're not sure exactly what he will come back as. Remember, it is the Warehouse. He could come back in any form. He could come back as Freddie Mercury's mustache, perhaps, you never know, or one of Freddie Mercury's striped tights.

"Artie's back, thank God, and of course, McPherson has blown up the Warehouse, so we have to resolve that. But we also find out that we have a new super-villain that really threatens to destroy our family."

But, says McClintock, the identity of the actor playing said super-villain is "top-secret."

If the cast of "Warehouse 13" is a family, as McClintock says, than one could consider Rubinek and C.C.H. Pounder (who plays Mrs. Irene Frederic, Artie's mysterious boss) as the parents, with McClintock and Kelly as the squabbling yet loving siblings. The same could be said of their respective characters, at least as far as Pete and Myka are concerned.

"Pete's steady as she goes in his relationship with Myka," McClintock says. "They've reached a pretty nice middle ground, where he still drives her crazy, but if he were any other way, she wouldn't be able to deal with it. She loves the way he is, even though he drives her nuts.

"It's so funny, Joanne and I were having a conversation the other day, and I said to her, 'Does it drive you nuts that I never take anything seriously?' She said, 'It makes me want to stab you in the eyeball with a pen, but I wouldn't want you to be any other way, because I need it.'

"It's the same thing with the characters. Really, what you see is what you get. Joanne and I are great friends. We don't always like each other, but we love each other. It really lends itself to what the show is at its heart, which is, it's a show about mystic toys."

The toybox of "Warehouse 13" gets more crowded this season, with the announcements of several guest stars, including "Firefly" stars Sean Maher and Jewel Staite (who appear together in "Mild-Mannered," airing Tuesday, July 13), Faran Tahir, Rene Auberjonois, WWE star Cody Rhodes, Lindsay Wagner ("Bionic Woman"), Tia Carrere, Nolan Gerard Funk, Philip Winchester and Paula Garces.

The most recent guest-star announced is David Anders ("Alias," "Heroes," "24"). He appears in a September episode as Jonah Raitt, a suspected serial killer who escaped Warehouse capture in the '60s and must now be hunted down and taken.

In the meantime, McClintock has been working on how he holds his gun, after being told that Secret Service agents don't use two hands to "teacup" their weapons, but he may not have changed his grip soon enough to evade the agency's displeasure.

"We were actually going from the van into the studio," he says, in a somewhat conspiratorial tone that throws doubt on the veracity of his story, "and I was accosted. I had a black hood put over my head, and I was thrown into another van. We were all taken to this facility, not unlike Warehouse 13 itself.

"Yeah, they probed us. So there are lots of strange experiments going on. I have vague memories of it, but every time I think about it, I smell pennies."

Pressed for further details, McClintock says, "There are several marks. Yeah, I'm a little too traumatized to talk about it."

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