Sci Fi unearths 'Warehouse 13'


Sci Fi Channel is opening the doors to "Warehouse 13," a new one-hour dramedy project described as part "X-Files," part "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and part "Moonlighting."

The cable channel has ordered a two-hour pilot of the project, written by "Farscape" creator Rockne O'Bannon, "Battlestar Galactica" co-executive producer Jane Espenson and D. Brent Mote. It is being eyed for a summer premiere.

Ronald Moore, creator of Sci Fi's signature series "Galactica," was involved in the project early on but isn't any longer.

"Warehouse 13," from Universal Media Studios, revolves around two FBI agents who, after saving the life of the U.S. president, are abruptly "promoted" and relocated to Warehouse 13, a top-secret location in South Dakota that houses artifacts, relics and supernatural objects the U.S. government has collected over the centuries. The duo's assignment is to retrieve missing objects and investigate reports of new ones.

"Like our successful series 'Eureka,' 'Warehouse 13' is a fun, intriguing concept that should continue to broaden our audience through present-day, relatable stories with an imaginative twist," said Mark Stern, executive vp original programming at Sci Fi.

"Warehouse 13" joins another two-hour pilot, the futuristic "Revolution," which recently was greenlighted by the cable channel, and "Ghost Hunters International," a spinoff of Sci Fi's breakout hit "Ghost Hunters" (HR 10/18).