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Syfy Powerful Mondays: 'Eureka' goes to space

by jmaloni
Mon, Jul 11th 2011 03:35 pm
Pictured, from left, is the cast of `Eureka`: Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Allison Blake, Niall Matter as Zane Donovan, Joe Morton as Henry Deacon, Erica Cerra as Jo Lupo, Neil Grayston as Douglas Fargo, and Colin Ferguson as Jack Carter. (Photo by Art Streiber/Syfy)
Pictured, from left, is the cast of "Eureka": Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Allison Blake, Niall Matter as Zane Donovan, Joe Morton as Henry Deacon, Erica Cerra as Jo Lupo, Neil Grayston as Douglas Fargo, and Colin Ferguson as Jack Carter. (Photo by Art Streiber/Syfy)
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What you need to know: "Eureka" is the story of Eureka, Ore., a small town filled with zany, super-brainy scientists, and a sheriff, Jack Carter, who weekly saves them from experiments gone awry (or blowing themselves up).

Now that "Eureka's" Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Global Dynamics' Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) are past the "will they or won't they" stage of their relationship (they will), they are free to tackle an even larger question: how to bring their friends back to Earth.

When "Eureka" returns tonight for season 4.5, GD scientists Fargo and Zane are ready to tackle outer space - they're just ill-equipped to actually, you know, get there.

Ferguson says the comic misadventure is the start of a much grander storyline.

"So, we pick up right where (we) left off with the big sort of arc of the season, is the Estreas, it's the Estreas Project - basically 'Eureka' going into space," he says. "And I was concerned when we started it that it was going to be just, sort of a path like, 'Oh, this is the mission de jour that we're going to (go) on for 13 (episodes).' But (it) actually balloons and blossoms into this fantastically complex plot.

"And then, at the end of the season you're about see, it kicks into the whole next year in a way that you completely don't expect. So, it's this - what I'm really looking forward to seeing is sort of everyone even next summer going, 'Oh, my God. Really? We're - that's happening now?' Because it's sort of 'Eureka' going into space and do they go into space, and it's really interesting."

Richardson-Whitfield, who is currently filming next season's episodes with her castmates, says "Eureka" fans are in a for a treat - though they may have to wait a little while for the payoff.

"I think that's what's so hard for us is that, I mean, really, all these episodes that we've shot that you may not see for a little while. Everything is just getting so much better and in - and it's like you just want everyone to know and you want them to see all this great stuff that's coming. They've really put everything together well, so it's sort of hard to hold back and not tell you everything that's going on, because it's so exciting," she says.

In the meantime, "Eureka" fans can take solace in the fact that Carter and Allison are now (officially) a couple.

That relationship is rewarding for the actors, who had instant chemistry on set.

"I think, from the very beginning, when Colin and I first did our first scene together, you know, you never know if you're going to have chemistry with someone, and ours just - it's just naturally there," Richardson-Whitfield says. "And I feel really corny when I say this, but there's something that clicks, because obviously off camera we're very brother/sister, jokey-jokey; 'Oh, God, we've got to kiss.' But, as soon as that camera rolls and I look into Colin's eyes, there's something that clicks, and I always find an instant connection that makes all of my feelings just sort of come right up to the forefront, and I feel everything I'm saying with him. And it's very lucky for us and for me; I just naturally have a wonderful connection with him when we're working.

"So, I love it. And we know how to work with each other on and off camera. I know what he needs to do to get what he needs - and he knows what I need - and we make allowances for each other, and we try not to step on each other's toes."

Ferguson credits his costar for their magic.

"That definitely attributes to Sal," he says. "I mean, we haven't had a fight in six years of working together, and that's not because I'm easy to work with, that's because Salli's amazing to work with. She's just top notch."

"Eureka" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Syfy.

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