Has SyFy become a refuge for actors formerly known as Jimmy Olsen? After bringing Sam Huntington to Being Human, SyFy has added another actor who once played Superman’s pal by casting Smallville’s Aaron Ashmore in the third season of its hit series Warehouse 13.
Ashmore will portray ATF agent Steve Jinks, a human polygraph of sorts – he has the unique ability to discern whether someone is lying or not. After the events of last season, which saw Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) leave her post at Warehouse 13, Jinks has been recruited by Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) to be Pete Lattimer’s (Eddie McClintock) new partner.
While the young show is anything but stagnant, adding a new player to the mix could certainly add a bit of intrigue and conflict that will make for some interesting viewing once the new season kicks off this summer. Fans tend to congregate around similar subject matter and thematic elements, so from a ratings point of view, casting Ashmore was a no-brainer. He’s not only easily recognizable from his roles on Veronica Mars, Fringe and In Plain Sight, but Ashmore also has the added bonus of looking just like the dude who played Iceman in the X-Men movies.
This summer’s third season of Warehouse 13 will contain a lucky order of 13 episodes. Whether Ashmore will appear in all 13 hasn’t been revealed, nor has the fate of Joanne Kelly’s character. We can expect to see her in the premiere episode (likely in flashback) as it establishes the new status quo, but beyond that, the third season will hopefully resolve Mynka Bering’s situation.
At 3.4 million viewers, Warehouse 13 is SyFy’s most watched original program. The popularity of the show is no doubt helping the network build its reputation as a premiere destination for quality genre television. In conjunction with other standout fare like Battlestar Galactica, the aforementioned Being Human and upcoming programs such as Among the Spirits and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), SyFy is slowly challenging the notice that its name is merely synonymous with made for TV movies like Mega Python vs. Gataroid and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.
Do you think Ashmore is a good fit for Warehouse 13? If you’re not already watching the show, does his addition make you want to tune in?
Source: Entertainment Weekly