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SciFi Greenlights Espenson/O’Bannon Pilot WAREHOUSE 13!!

I am – Hercules!! SciFi has greenlit a pilot for “Warehouse 13,” from writers Jane Espenson (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Rockne S. O’Bannon (“Farscape,” “The Triangle”) and D. Brent Mote (“Earthquake In New York,” “Atomic Train”). It’s a sci-fi comedy-drama about a pair of FBI agents who resist their attraction to each other after they’re assigned to oversee a top-secret South Dakota storage facility (presumably the one housing the Ark of the Covenant, among many many other things). If the channel likes the way the pilot turns out, we could see a series by summer. Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    So, this is X Files in a warehouse?

    by GuyGardner

    Oh yeah, and FIRST!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:23 a.m. CST

    no, not just any warehouse:

    by newc0253

    it's X Files in warehouse 13, to be specific.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Looks like the networks are starting an X-Files re-hash...

    by Abin Sur

    We've got "Warehouse 13" PLUS the X-Files type drama that JJ Abrams is doing (forgot the name)...wonder what's next?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    (SPOILER) The agents' names are "Sculder" and "Mully"

    by SpyGuy

    And every week, they open a mysterious crate that leads them on a pursuit to uncover the truth that causes them to be chased by unmarked black helicopters. <p>Still, Rock O'Bannon has enough cred in the bank after FARSCAPE to make the first episode worth my valuable time. Don't let me down, Rock.</p>

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Damn, I thought you meant Dan O'Bannon

    by Lance Rocke

    where is that guy?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    What's the First-Best TV Show ever forged?

    by Nice Marmot

    And you could mix ANY new show premise in the world w/ the words Sci-Fi Channel and I will be under whelmed.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    Gotta love the Pedigree there

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Rockne O'Bannon and Jane Espenson. Farscape and two thirds of the Whedon trinity. (Did not she not write anything for Angel.) Kind of sounds like Eureka/The Chronicle territory. I expect we can count on a clever/cute factor from Lady Jane and O'B 1's got a solid recod for mixing human drama and scifi(Check Alien Nation out too). And some sharp dialogue and characterization besides. Now tell me Ben and Claudia are the agents in question and I'm so F'n there.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    FBI agents

    by postalpez

    If they make both FBI agents female it could be a hit. If only someone could do more with Ward 13. That should be a show/tv movie.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Mark Stern's Sci Fi Junk

    by DangerMan

    This is the most derivative show EVER! A mash up of X-FILES, RAIDERS, AREA 51 (an unsold pilot from the same studio), NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and MOONLIGHTING. I love how the article describes EUREKA as a "hit," just because somebody has actually watched it. I'm tired of all this unoriginality. One thing's for sure, based on the names involved... it won't be funny. Not a decent comic mind in the bunch.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    lol skiffy does a show

    by palewook

    based in a warehouse. nothing like bonnie on doing xfiles on a budget. i smell shit already.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    The Gap Band says :"Get On the Atomic Train!"

    by Uncapie

    As long as there are break dancing Hare Krishna's aboard.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    So where's The Lost Room series, you fucks?

    by crayon

    Jesus christ. That was the Best New Show That Was A Mini-Series On SciFi Ever Forged Last Year, after all!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    And every week...

    by Kid Z

    ... Something escapes from storage and the agents (Mulder and Scully Jrs.?) have to catch it and bring it back... YAWN! Why do all sci-fi shows have to endlessly recycle the basic plot of the Hair Bear Bunch?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Creature Tech

    by Redstarleo

    Sounds like Doug Tenapel's book Creature Tech ...sorta. It's about a scientist put in charge of a government warehouse that stores mysterious objects (alien artifacts, anachronistic items, mystic relics, etc.). Oh and there is the ghost of a mad scientist, his demonic house cat, and a weird alien dimension Christ. Tenapel had originally sold the story as a screen play, but the deal fell apart and he just published it as a book.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    why do you assume it's Mulder and Scully?

    by cameron fry

    I didn't see where it said it's a guy and a girl.... I'm thinking it may be less X-Files in a warehouse and a little mor Brokeback Warehouse...

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    The lazy storyline concept

    by Aloy

    Wow! Each week a new artifact, escaped soul etc. with it's own new story to tell. Although some of these shows are at times interesting they rarely rise above average. And the bickering partners? Whether it's M & S or Brokeback.....snore!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Wow, Talk About Irony,...

    by Colier Rannd

    It's great that you all are bitching because this MIGHT be a X-Files rip off by ripping off the people bitching about it being an X-Files rip off. Or ripping off other talkbacks so you can seem cute and clever. This is Jane Espenson people. She has yet to go wrong. Outside of Marti Noxin the Buffy writers are all top notch. I can't wait!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    You can't send a boy up in a crate like that!

    by C.K. Lamoo


  • Oct. 25, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The pefect show for Sci-Fi..

    by Ironmuskrat

    Low budget all the way.. Rent some warehouse up in Canada and turn it into a sound stage. Fill it full of crates and junk from whoever sells all that crap they put on the walls at Applebee's and Joe's Crab Shack. <p> Hire a couple of no name actors to star, mix in the lowest budget effects money can buy and presto! A classic Sci-Fi channel original series! <p> Of course you never know, they may actually create the next BSG or Farscape.. accidents can happen.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I have an idea

    by Bilblow

    How about the ads at the bottom of Herc's posts cannot be larger then the actual post.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Warehouse Files

    by _Maltheus_

    Farscape was probably the best sci-fi show of all time (maybe neck and neck with B5), but this has suck written all over it. I don't think Hollywood has ever been so committed to recycling old shit as they are now. I keep hearing about this writers strike coming up. I think they should just fire all the writers and rehire non-union ones. It's not like 95% of them could manage the basics of their jobs in the first place. And what really amazes me is that people like us are the target audience here. If a bunch of geeks from AICN aren't gonna watch your show, then what makes them think they're gonna pull away the American Idol crowd. They still have time not to air it, but they're going to go ahead and waste the money anyway. It's like buying stock, without doing market research. It's flimsier than gambling, as business models go.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Friday The 13th the Series starting Mulder and Scully.

    by Engelhast

    Could be cool but it is not a very original concept. Has that Trash Gordon series been axed yet? It beyond sucked.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Highly derivative

    by BrowncoatJedi

    What a load of crap.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I Remember 'Friday the 13th The Series'

    by skoobyx

    That was pretty cool. Or it was when I was 11 anyway.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    How about instead of a warehouse make it a...

    by GornPirate

    alien whore house? now tht's something we haven't seen before? It's not easy being a ho in space.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by ROBRAM89

    I guess they can't legally call it Warehouse 23.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST

    OMG! ROBRAM89!

    by acebandage

    Is that a GURPS reference!?!?!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I was hoping for Dan O'Bannon too

    by Creamery Butter

    Where has Pinback gone? Don't tell me, it will only disappoint me.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    This is so beneath Espenson and O'Bannon.

    by AnnoyYou

    But I guess if everyone else is recycling things they should be able to as well. In fact, this almost sounds like a joke made up by writers: let's pitch a total X-Files retread/rip-off and see who bites - after all, that series has been off the air for five years, and probably no one remembers it anyway! Heh. I hope the pilot sells, and I hope they rip off as many X-F episodes as possible

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Friday 13th TV series et al.

    by kabong

    Stop. <p> Cease and desist. <p> Failure of imagination is not entertaining.

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Yo Nixon

    by carpetofstars

    You can always keep your shitty productions at home. Now that our dollar is worth more than yours the appeal of having Hollywood actors on our streets has lost it's appeal.

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Ms. Hammer, the birds are calling your name...

    by bswise

    ..."cheap, cheap, cheapity-cheap-cheap." *sigh* BSG air-date shell-games, Farscape reduced to "Webisodes," Ben and Claudia's chemistry utterly wasted on SG, Canadian Flash Gordon...!? Has there been a good decision yet?

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Hooray GURPS!

    by acebandage

    i'm such a nerd. fnord.

  • Oct. 27, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Copying/Combining ideas and Rebooting

    by veritasses

    is fine. Just about everything we see on TV is a copy, combination of, reboot or variation of something else. It's the quality that matters. I'd much rather see a well written, well executed series about Mulder and Scully knock-offs stuck over the last few seasons of the "real" X-Files. Espenson and O'Bannon are a darn good, credible, proven bunch to launch a new series. The SciFi channel has stumbled around, made some real bad/stupid decisions, and created some horrible stuff, but they're also responsible for BSG and Far Scape so there's always hope something just is good is going to be next.

  • Oct. 27, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    The Immobile X-Files

    by Mullah Omar

    It's gonna get old fast if they never get to leave the warehouse grounds. <br> <br> And I too was hoping for Dan O'Bannon.

  • Oct. 28, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by compn

    i thought it was dan o'bannon too. WE NEED SOME SCIFI FROM DAN O'BANNON TO SAVE US NOW! this news has insulted my intelligence. there are at least a dozen different comics, video games, other movies and tv shows with this very premise. btw fuck scifi channel for creating this crap, but watch odyssey 5 every friday night because that show is beyond awesome.