Last year, Syfy didn't seem to be in a hurry to renew "Warehouse 13" despite strong ratings throughout the season. But this year, Syfy made the decision after only five episodes have aired in the third season.
Syfy has released a statement that officially announces the return of "Warehouse 13" for its fourth season, with thirteen new episodes set to debut in 2012.
Mark Stern, Syfy's President of Original Content added "Under Executive Producer Jack Kenny's leadership, this superlative team of writers, cast, and crew continue to turn out a series that only gets better and better with every episode. 'Warehouse 13' is deservedly the most popular series in our history and we're delighted to renew it for a fourth season."
"Warehouse 13" stars Eddie McClintock as Pete Lattimer and Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering, two former government agents who were recruited to work for the titular Warehouse 13; a secret facility used to track down and store supernatural artifacts from around the globe. Saul Rubinek co-stars as their boss, Artie Nielsen, with Allison Scagliotti as Artie's apprentice, Claudia Donovan and CCH Pounder as the Warehouse's caretaker, Mrs. Frederic.
The current season has introduced a new Warehouse agent, Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) and hinted that an anti-Warehouse 13 team is being assembled to take down the Warehouse. Ratings have also continued to be strong, with "Warehouse 13" averaging a viewership of around 2.3 million per episode.
However, given the recent cancelation of "Eureka" after four solid seasons (and a fifth season yet to come), there is no guarantee that "Warehouse 13" will go on beyond four or five seasons. Judging from Syfy's recent programming decisions, it seems like the network's strategy is to ensure that none of its scripted drama series break the fifth season mark. Presumably, Syfy does this to avoid the rising costs of producing shows in their sixth seasons and beyond.
But that course of action tends to leave a lot of angry fans in their wake.
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