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'Eureka' to Be Turned Upside Down Next Season

by Bryan Reesman, posted Apr 2nd 2010 2:00PM
The season 3 finale of 'Eureka' brought about a lot of uncertainty. While Sheriff Carter helped save the town from a magnetic disturbance, he faced two bigger bombshells: His daughter Zoe was heading off to Harvard early, and Tess got offered a great job in Australia.

While they cannot yet get too specific, stars Colin Ferguson (who plays Carter) and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (who plays Allison Blake) gave AOL TV some insight into what will be coming up next season.The season 3 finale of 'Eureka' brought about a lot of uncertainty. While Sheriff Carter helped save the town from a magnetic disturbance, he faced two bigger bombshells: His daughter Zoe was heading off to Harvard early, and Tess got offered a great job in Australia.

While they cannot yet get too specific, stars Colin Ferguson (who plays Carter) and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (who plays Allison Blake) gave AOL TV some insight into what will be coming up next season.

"It preserves the characters and preserves the relationships, but everything else is turned on its head in the town, and they're not going to fix it," revealed Ferguson of season 4, which starts July 9.

"They're genuinely not going to fix it, and it's going to stay [as it is]." Richardson-Whitfield added, "It just makes the whole year fresh. We're adding James Callis from 'Battlestar [Galactica],' and he's just been great."

"He's sexy," quipped Ferguson. "We have female sexy, but we didn't have any male sexy. Sal's been complaining about it for years."

As for where they would like to see their characters go in the future, Richardson-Whitfield said, "I think what we've wanted was to head back to us running around and solving crime together." Ferguson noted that "Sal's been stuck in that office for two years up at the head of Global [Dynamics]" -- not to mention going through a pregnancy -- "and at the start of the series, what sold it was her and I running around. We're going to get back to that a bit, which is exciting."


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Many of the directors who have been brought on board for the Emmy-nominated 'Eureka' have substantial film credentials, including Bryan Spicer, Ernest Dickerson and Steve Miner. Their experience has been invaluable on the set. "Our show in particular is hard to direct," Richardson-Whitfield said. "They really try to find really solid directors because our show can break down the best of them. It's true."

"It's hard [because] it's a seven-day show," Ferguson said, "and a lot of times these guys can get these great shots, but where they get caught up is that it's a seven-day show. There isn't $30,000,000 to fix your problems. You've got to go and get it. Sometimes you've got to move fast."

While the challenges of working with green screen and unseen special effects are second nature to the stars, they noted that some directors coming in need to learn how the show works and what the rules are. An advantage is having someone familiar with the territory, and next season Ferguson will be doing some directing again, while Richardson-Whitfield will get her shot as well. In fact, earning their stripes on this show would be a good springboard for them to direct other Syfy shows, which they are contemplating.

"I'd love to do 'Haven,'" said Ferguson of the new Syfy show starting production in April. "A buddy of mine runs it, and it's comfortable. I read the pilot and loved it."

"Right now I want to tackle our show and see how I feel after that," mused Richardson-Whitfield. "I want to get a few more episodes of our show to get a base, so think I'll find out what kind of director I'm going to be and what kind of shows I want to do. After directing our show, I think I'll be able to tackle anything."

"We have scenes that are dramatic, scenes that are comedic, scenes with special effects," noted Ferguson of cutting their teeth directing 'Eureka'. "We've got everything."

On the acting side, Ferguson temporarily left 'Eureka' to take a scenic trip for 'Lake Placid 3.' When asked if he brought the sense of humor from his show into the sequel, he laughed and replied, "I've tried to keep my sense of humor about being in it. It's crazy. You shoot those things, and it's three six-day weeks. It's rough. I tried to add it [humor] where I could, but it's a popcorn movie, so you try to have as much fun as you can."

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