By Jamie Ruby
This year Syfy is airing special Christmas editions of three of its popular series, all premiering on December 6th.
The first special of the night is Eureka
, with the episode "Do You See What I See?," where the town is transformed into different animated versions of themselves, including styles such as claymation, anime, and more. It's up to Jack and Alison's children to help get the town back to normal.
Next is Warehouse 13
with "The Greatest Gift," in which Pete is hit by an artifact and wakes up to a life in which he has never been born. He must get the team together, including breaking Artie out of jail, and to believe his wacky story and stop a very much alive MacPherson, before it's too late.
Finally, there is Haven
, with the episode "Silent Night," in which everyone, except for Audrey, believes it's Christmas, and everyone starts to not only disappear, but once they are gone, no one remembers they ever existed. Audrey must find out what's going on before it's too late and no one but her is left in the town.
One star from each of the shows sat down to talk to the digital media about the Christmas specials. To learn more, read the transcript below, and also check out the interview with the three actors during the Syfy Digital Press Tour
Syfy conference call
Emily Rose, Eddie McClintock and Colin FergusonHaven
, Warehouse 13
, and Eureka
November 29, 2011QUESTION:
Emily, can you talk about what's planned for Haven
coming up after this holiday episode?EMILY ROSE:
After the holiday episode? I have no clue what's going to happen in Season 3. We have not been informed. We've just been gearing up for the Christmas episode which we're excited we got to do this year.
I know it's a Syfy tradition with their other flagship shows they have. And it's just that it was exciting to get invited to do that because - we got invited to do that before the season started this last year so I was thinking, "Well that's a good faith little move on their part".
And it was really fun to be able to do a holiday episode, being that I grew up on them as well. But no, in terms of what we have beyond the actual Christmas episode, I don't know what's coming up.
The way this town works with shows shutting down and starting back up again it's very kind of kept under wraps for quite a bit, and from us as well.QUESTION:
Out of the three shows, they're probably all filmed like Christmas in July, but yours is the only one that actually built that into the story line. Can you talk about what it was like trying to get into that Christmas spirit so early in the year?EMILY ROSE:
Yes, well, we laughed because we film in Nova Scotia, Canada in a small town called Chester. And we were laughing, we were like, "We really should have filmed this one first," because it's so cold there the majority of the time that it would have been nice to start out with the Christmas episode and then launch into the rest of the season.
But we had a very, very small, small window of warm weather when we were in Chester. And so to be filming it in the middle of the warm weather season, even though that was still pretty cold in Nova Scotia, it was really, really funny.
And it's always fun to see the town come out and take in the Christmas decorations and we refaced one of our main theaters in town that a lot of great little shows go on at with a huge marquee and just kind of pumped the town up to this next holiday Christmas level.
And it was fun, because we're not there in Chester over the holidays, to get a glimpse ahead of what that would be like was really, really neat. Although it was totally sunny and no snow anywhere. But still fun; everybody gets in the holiday spirit when you say, "It's Christmas." It was great.QUESTION:
Eddie, this is a huge, huge episode for Pete. And from all accounts, yours included, this is a much heavier, darker holiday episode.
Aside from some of the more recent episodes with his mother, Pete's a lighter character, in terms of happy, outgoing personality. Was it very hard or very different to do this one?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
No, I just liked this year's Christmas episode better because I just felt it was a little too, dare I say, schmaltzy last year. Not that it was a bad episode, I enjoyed it but I just like this one better.
I mean Roger Rees is back as MacPherson, you know, there's an actual bad guy and the stakes are much higher this year. And gosh I don't know, I'm trying to remember - I don't think H.G. is in but God, I don't know. Don't get that involved, all the shippers will come after me.
I just recently learned what a shipper was by - because all these - everybody wants Myka and H.G. to get together. And I posted this video that somebody did about H.G. and Myka and they were like, "Oh Eddie, I didn't know you were a shipper." And I thought it was some lesbianic (sic) slang involving the navy. So apparently I'm a shipper.
But was it harder this year; just more great writing from Jack Kenny and company, to give Pete the depth that I think that he needs to have longevity in regards to the show.QUESTION:
You mentioned MacPherson being back. Can you tell us who will or won't be appearing, like Mrs. Frederic and Jinks, are they alive and well? Or Pete's mom?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
The episode exists out of time. You know, it doesn't exist within the timeline of the show, so Jinks and everybody is still alive, you know?
There's been no deaths yet.QUESTION:
Emily, based on the season finale, how does the Christmas episode fit into Audrey's life and how things were left off?EMILY ROSE:
It's non-linear essentially; it's not in order. It's its own out-of-time sort of episode.
Essentially some of what I've said before about the episode is, the way I put it is just that it's kind of like a little gift to the fans, kind of a holdover type of intermission episode where it's just its own little gem of an episode. So if you miss the characters and you've missed the world, you could hop into it.
But we're really hoping that the fans know not to put it in any kind of sequential order because it won't pay anything off or reflect on anything. We took all time references out of it so it would just be its own little episode.QUESTION:
Colin. your episode deals with different forms of animation. What was that like for you guys?COLIN FERGUSON:
Well for us it was more of a concept than a reality, we took one of the sets that we usually shoot in, Café Diem, and we sat there for six hours one day and blew through 30 pages of dialogue or something like that. That's awesome. I mean if I could shoot like that every day that'd be the greatest (unintelligible). So we loved, loved that.
We didn't really adjust vocally for any of the animation that we were doing. And - so I've only seen the - I think the rough version, which is I think what you guys have seen. So I haven't seen the final tightened version that's going to go out or air I guess in a couple weeks.
But it was really, really fun, really fun to see - for myself to be a Rankin and Bass character like Fred Astaire when he was like S.D. Kluger and it's just really - it brought me back to when I was a kid. I haven't seen that stuff in a long time so it was really, really fun to watch.QUESTION:
Eddie, you mentioned that you thought last year's episode was a little schmaltzy. But what do you -- the three of you -- look for in holiday programming? What determines whether or not you'll watch a particular holiday special this time of year?COLIN FERGUSON:
Well, for me anything that's good. I'll go dark or light or happy or sad as long as it has integrity in and of itself and works as a piece. I mean I love the Grinch stuff and all the classics that you see once every year and they bring you back to when you were a kid.
But I think anything - myself, anything with a moral compass and integrity, I'll go for that. How about you guys?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Yes, I usually fall to the old classics that signify Christmas tradition. For me, sitting down and watching Rudolph and the Grinch, and all of those, all the classics.
But I think for me it's really about if I want to sit with the characters again and if I've been missing them for a while and I want to fit into that place again that I will definitely tune into that.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
It's boobs for me -- lots of boobs.EMILY ROSE:
(Kristy) (unintelligible) did a Christmas special a few years ago, and you know, it's probably one of my favorites of all time, called Snow on the Mountains
Since Audrey has no real memories of her past Christmases, what meaning [does] Christmas have for her?EMILY ROSE:
That's a great question and I think that's actually what - did you watch the episode, you?QUESTION:
I was going to say, "Wait a second, that's a little too on the money."
That's what launches Audrey into her journey for that time and that's what makes her so resistant to be on the journey and what is the thing that she has to overcome. I think that's the great chestnut about that character is that the past for her is something that is really hard for her to literally wrap her head around.
And what she does remember, whether they're her memories or not her memories, what she does remember isn't exactly the most pleasant thing. So how does she overcome that and deal what's going on in the day? And I think it makes for a pretty interesting episode.QUESTION:
What do you think was going through her mind -- and I don't mean to be a spoiler for anyone who hasn't seen the episode -- but once she saw Nathan vanish right before her eyes?EMILY ROSE:
Oh, what would we all think if we saw Nathan vanish? Probably the same thing; I think everybody hopefully will feel the same way. I think it always has to be life or death for her. If she doesn't believe that it's really a reality then we really wouldn't have much of a story or much of a character.
So for her it's just that initial freak out that one of the only people that walks through this life with her could really be gone. And considering her past and that she's always lost people and that she's never had a family, it's a really big deal when someone like him disappears.QUESTION:
Colin, we've heard from Eddie and Emily that their episodes are standalone episodes. Is the same true with the Eureka episode?COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes, absolutely. It exists out of time, and part of that is a necessity for the writing staff because when you shoot it and all sorts of stuff like that.
And as well, you want it to be perennial; you want it to be something that can air every single year. So if you lock it in the continuum of a show, you almost make it outdated by the next year. So I think I you do a service to the holiday, all of ours exist out of time.QUESTION:
And is there anything you can tell us about next season for Eureka
Yes, I can spoil everything. I think that the season premiere for next year should have been the season finale from this year because not only do they address what went on, it makes this crazy left turn that they deal with for the rest of the time.
And it's a really, really cool idea. It's not what you expect, you could never guess that it's coming and it's the best ending of any episode we've had -- season premiere.QUESTION:
This is a bit of a blanket question to all three of you. Can you give our readers your own personal insight to why holiday specials are such a big tradition in the television culture?COLIN FERGUSON:
That's a good question.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
You know, it's a tradition because the television networks have created it and starting back as far as I can remember like Miracle on the
- whatever, Miracle on 38th Stree
t or whatever? How am I doing?
And it's a tradition at my house because we can put the kids in front of the TV and the adults can have some quiet time. I suppose that's what my parents did with me.COLIN FERGUSON:
I think culturally it goes back so far at this point.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Thank you.COLIN FERGUSON:
I mean it goes to the end of the year. It's the most dark that we get, solstice-wise, of the year. I think it's a really important time of year, culturally and historically.
And I think that's why we put holidays there and that's why we try to put some brightness into our lives when it's the darkest day that we get. So that's what interests, I think that's me. Culturally it's I guess yes, what we - I don't know, I've got nothing. Emily, shoot for it.EMILY ROSE:
I can't guarantee I'll have any better. But I think one of the things we love culturally about traditions is it's something that we all can relate to in different traditions and different ways, but we can all talk about it and all relate to it. I know as a kid, I loved watching when television merged into my own life. I don't what that says about my vocation today.
But I really loved watching the characters on television go through maybe the same things that we were going through at home, whether it was getting the Thanksgiving turkey ready or all of the Christmas mayhem that - when these characters go through what our families go through every time we come to hang out.
And so I think there's a bit of a joy of peering into an imaginary world with them going through the same things that we do; it joins our two worlds together. And so I think it's something that we all love to have something that we can count on that makes us laugh and that entertains us.
So there's the old traditional ones but then it's exciting to see what new will come about. It's something to count on.COLIN FERGUSON:
That's a great answer. I like that answer. I'm doing all my calls with Emily. That's a great answer.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
(Unintelligible) when I was growing up you couldn't just dial up a Christmas show on iTunes or watch it on your phone, or you know...EMILY ROSE:
...you actually had to wait an entire year to see those shows again. So it was exciting, it was like, "Wow, I remember this from last year." You know, I mean my kids watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
now like once a month. So it's just like, you know, hopefully the tradition will be able to stand up in the face of all this new technology.EMILY ROSE:
And you had to set your VHS's, if and when you had one, to the specific time because if you missed it you would never be able to watch it again.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Yes that's right.COLIN FERGUSON:
Colin, how was my answer?COLIN FERGUSON:
Your answer was great, Eddie. I'm doing all my calls with you too.QUESTION:
My follow-up question is a lot shorter, it's also a blanket question but it should be a lot easier. Is there a different atmosphere around the set when filming the holiday special versus just your average everyday episode?COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes there is.EMILY ROSE:
That is a shorter answer.EMILY ROSE:
Well, for us it was our last episode so when we finished, we were all able to leave Toronto and go back to our respective lives. So it was very joyous for me.EMILY ROSE:
Nothing against Toronto but my life is here in LA and I spend six months in Toronto in the middle of winter...EMILY ROSE:
I hear you brother, I hear you.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Colin, I'm still very annoyed that Eureka
's going off the air. I'm sure you are too. Is there anything we can expect, beyond the season premiere that you said is so fantastic, about the remaining episodes? And what are your plans after the show ends?COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes I guess this season we have - it's a great little run that they constructed; all the guys in LA, the writers. And I like it because everyone comes back. I mean we have Wallace Shawn coming back, we have Felicia coming back, we have Wil Wheaton coming back, and for long stretches.
And it really feels like we set up our family, finally. And it's a great way to send it off. We actually got an episode where we closed everything off, which is cool. I know the guys are writing, hopefully some sort of spinoff, a next generation Eureka
show that they're pitching to Syfy, who knows if that's going to get picked up or anything. But hopefully the idea will continue. And there's some really fun, fun stuff that happens this year. And it was a good way to send it off so that was - that's that part of it.
And then what's up for me next? I don't know, pilot season I guess. I'm back in the mix doing that sort of thing which is, yes, which is sort of fun and it's nice to go into it in a different place than I was in it last time. And that feels good.
And I have the illusion of being picky, which is fun -- it's a good illusion to have. And I don't know. I'll let you know when something comes up for sure.QUESTION:
With Eureka being now essentially over once these next episodes have aired, can you see the Christmas special continuing with maybe a few more crossovers between Warehouse 13
? And if so, how would you both feel about that?COLIN FERGUSON:
Oh that would be great.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Yes, it would be nice if Pete could actually go to another show.
It's just tough because I'm pretty much in almost all the scenes so it's - and I think the same was - for the same reason Colin never crossed over is because we're kind every scene of our show so if we can find time to go and do - I'd love to travel to Haven
or to Alphas
or any of the shows. But I guess it just comes down to network desire and availability for us.COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes, I know that we're all free. I'm assuming Fargo will come back at some point because that seems to be a popular thing. I'm like Eddie, I'd love to join in, I'd love to jump around and do some stuff wherever people see that it fits.
And especially knowing all the guys at this point, it's great to jump on a plane and go work with your friends for a week or so. And we really enjoyed it when Allison used to come in, so yes, absolutely.QUESTION:
I'd love to see a Christmas crossover episode between those shows. I've often thought that would be quite interesting to see.
Emily, were there any extras hired from the local area in and around Nova Scotia where you film? And what was it like to be celebrating Christmas with them in July?EMILY ROSE:
It was really fun, because we end up building great relationships with a lot of the locals that live in Chester. And so the Christmas episode was fun because we had a - it was neat for us.
We had a writer [who] was an assistant writer for the entire season as well as for the company for a very long time, and he wrote the episode. And this was a fun experience for him. And then we had our producer directing the episode.
And then it was like anybody that had been helping us for a while, we kind of threw them into different scenes and got locals involved in any way we could, and whether it be like the dog walker or dressing up the local shop a bit differently, or the theater people – all of that.
So it was really fun because like someone asked earlier, there was this big communal feeling of just this was a fun episode. It was a blast to do. It's always weird doing them in July and it's the last episode we're doing so we're kind of are anxious to get back home, but then we're also sad that it's ending for the season.
But it's always a lot of fun. And I think we film like right outside of the Christmas tree capital of the world or something, at least that's what they claim at (Landenberg). So it's a very holiday festive area anyway in these little tourist towns. So it's right at home but also a little out of place in July, but a lot of fun nonetheless.SCIFI VISION:
You guys have talked a lot about what kind of things you watch around the Christmas holidays, but is there anything special you are looking forward to doing in the upcoming months?COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes, I'm looking forward to getting my floors back so I can turn the heat on. It's - that'd be great.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
We take our boys over to Scottsdale to see their grand-pappy, my dad. And that's really what has become the new tradition for us, is being able to take our - we drive over to Scottsdale and hang out with my dad for a while. And my dad gets to see my boys.EMILY ROSE:
We, my husband and I, we end up taking our little miniature schnauzer dog, because we don't have any kids yet, and we hop on a plane.
And he flies with us – I wish he got frequent flyer miles as well, but he doesn't – and we fly to Seattle to visit my family for about a week and a half or so and then we leave from there and we go to Tennessee and visit his family. So we get a very wintery full family Christmas. We still split the holiday between both families and then come back to LA.
But I've already put the tree up here and decorated the house and tried to make it as holiday here as I can before we leave, because we're always here for such a little time. But we always look forward to visiting family over the holidays and connecting with everybody and it's a blast.
One of the traditions that we have every year as we become adults that I'm not going to get to do this year, because we won't be in Seattle past Christmas, is normally we don't end up buying each other presents or anything and we wait until the sales start up the day after Christmas.
And we all hop in the car and we go – we ask my dad what store he wants to go to to get his presents when there's the sales, and we go to all the different stores together as a family and go shopping for the present, with the person that wants the present. So we avoid the wrapping and we get to spend time together, and everybody gets exactly what they want, and I'll be missing that this year. But it's a fun tradition.SCIFI VISION:
Colin, what is your favorite of the different animation styles/characters in the episode for Eureka
, and why?COLIN FERGUSON:
Probably my favorite is the old Rankin and Bass Claymation style. It's just not something that anyone does anymore, and nor will they probably ever do it anymore because it's so low-tech. It's that chunky way that they move, that sort of stutter way that they move.
And it's so cool, I mean it's so warming, that was one of those things, when you see all your friends all done up with their Claymation characters, it's a really amazing thing to see.
And we asked for our little dolls – they called them dolls – the Claymation dolls, if we could have them afterwards and Curious Pictures said, "You can have them but they're so beaten by the time they're done, they're completely falling apart."
So they said they wouldn't even survive shipping, so we don't get to have them. But that's definitely my favorite. Although the anime is really cool, it's sort of sexy and fun. But as far as a nostalgia thing I would say the Rankin and Bass.SCIFI VISION:
Well, it'll be great to get to see the rest of it. Most of it's not done yet, I'm excited.COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes, me too, I went through the same thing when I saw it. They're like, "Oh watch this video because this is what people are going to see," and I was like, "This is what people are seeing? It's a bunch of storyboards." It's like, "That's not - I hope it's better than that."QUESTION:
Emily alluded to this a little bit, but you'd spend a lot of the time off-season doing the holiday episode. Does that affect your perspective of the actual holiday?COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes, for me it's a really great feeling, strangely. It seems like it would be cheesy, it seems like it would be forced, it seems like it would be a lot of artifice – but it's not. You dress up the sets and you have everybody pretending that it's Christmas and, "Oh it's so cold and rainy," and it's really fun.
It's a great, great place to shoot. And it's fun shooting it out of sequence. It's a pain because you're sweating and it's 30 degrees and you have a coat on. But besides that, it's actually a lot of fun to bring Christmas into July. It's like you're Australian.QUESTION:
What would your Christmas wish be for your characters' futures?EMILY ROSE:
What an interesting question.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
I guess I'd like Steve – or Steve, I don't even know my character's name. I guess I'd like Pete to find himself a good woman. You know, he gets tired of being alone at night back at Leena's.QUESTION:
Emily, what about you?EMILY ROSE:
I think I would wish great holiday online shopping for Audrey, that there would be some great accessible stores for her to go and shop in so that she can continue to have a really amazing wardrobe for the consecutive seasons.
No. I think I would always hope for Audrey that she would find out more about her mother or her previous memories or whatnot. I will always be begging writers to dive more into that...because it's so intriguing.
And whenever I do get to look into her past, I get to dress up in really cool period costumes. So that's what I would hope for for her.COLIN FERGUSON:
I think for Jack it would be a simpler wish of raising a family again, in a sense properly and continuing to do what he does in the town. I think he belongs there, I think the town should sort of go off and do what it does forever.
So my wish would be that he gets to settle in and have a real family, community, small-town life. I think it would do well for him to have that.QUESTION:
Eddie and Emily, are you jealous you haven't been animated?EMILY ROSE:
A little bit, yes. I'm having to deal with that right now. I'm having to keep the jealousy down now.COLIN FERGUSON:
I'm drawing a picture of you. I'm drawing a picture of you right now. There we go then.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
I kind of am not as bent out of shape as I could be just because they've done a Warehouse 13
comic book. And apparently Jay Leno and I have the exact same chin.EMILY ROSE:
Wow. That's amazing.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Eddie, your episode is very much It's a Wonderful Life
. Were you a fan of that film and did you try to incorporate anything from that into your performance in this?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
I don't know. I've seen it and I think it's a great film. I haven't seen it a bunch of times, so I wasn't really able to try an incorporate anything into it other than to try and make it an enjoyable show for the fans.
Don't get me wrong, there's still some good lighthearted, funny stuff and there's some good heartfelt moments as well. It's not that dark, but I think what it primarily does is gives you the same feeling I think that It's a Wonderful Life
[does] for viewers. You know, that sense of redemption and struggle and at the end I think it'll leave everybody nice and happy and ready to go see Santa.QUESTION:
Emily - Eddie talked about shippers. Have you heard of them before and do you get lots of shippers telling you who they'd want Audrey with?EMILY ROSE:
Oh yes, oh yes. I wasn't aware of that term until – well, I'd never heard it until we actually started our show.
And then when I got on Twitter and was made aware of all of the fan videos that people were making for Audrey and Nathan and Duke and Audrey, it was - I heard that term floating around a bunch, with shippers, which is very funny for our show and where we film.
But yes, I've been made aware of each and it's really interesting to see all the new fan videos and things that pop up for people wanting which relationship to work out. It's fun for me. It's good to keep the tension on both ends and it's a fun thing for me to sit back and watch.QUESTION:
Well, if you had your druthers, who would she be with?EMILY ROSE:
The classic question, the classic question.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Me. She'd choose me right?COLIN FERGUSON:
Emily, it's me, right?EMILY ROSE:
I know, you mean between Eddie and Colin, well...QUESTION:
How can you choose?EMILY ROSE:
I know, the story of - a story of my life apparently, right?QUESTION:
Colin, did you have any say in how Jack, his animated character, was made? And what was your reaction when you saw how he was portrayed as an animated character?COLIN FERGUSON:
I didn't have any say in it. It was a really long process for them, so to add one more cook in the kitchen would have been a really bad idea, I think. But I was really pleased with how it came out. They're still not done.
They don't have the final for some of the animation and it airs in like a week. I know that they're all racing to get it done. I really liked it. I thought it was - it's really cool to see what Eddie was saying about how he shares Jay Leno's chin, where you have a vision of yourself.
And I guess what it is for me is my forehead is all wrinkly. Because they said, "Yes, it didn't look like you until we put wrinkles all across your forehead." And I was like, "Oh really? Thanks, thanks. Okay, there's that then."
Apparently without the wrinkles it's not quite me. So that's the indicator that I learned about myself. But it was really, really cool to see other people's interpretation.QUESTION:
Eddie, in the It's a Wonderful Life
episode there are some really touching moments. What was your favorite moment and what was the most challenging?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Oh, you've seen the episode.QUESTION:
Yes, got a sneak peak.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
I'm trying to think. I think any chance for Pete to nestle his head between Mrs. Frederic's ample bosom, I think that'll be a fan favorite. And that comes out of nowhere.
And that was really fun because everybody's so - everybody on the show, all the characters on the show are so afraid of Mrs. Frederic and the fact that she ends up spending Christmas with us and Pete gets to give her a big hug at the end.
I don't know if that's a spoiler or not but that whole scene there at the end with everybody there, and when Pete tells them how happy he is to have them in his life and how much he loves them, it was really nice for me because I really feel that way about my cast-mates.
So it was a sneak chance for me to tell everybody how I felt about them and then just be able to say, "Hey, it's just my character." So I would say the funnest part for me was that - the last scene there where everybody comes together.QUESTION:
The press release regarding Eureka
's holiday special says that most of the show will be depicted with various animation styles -- you talked about that before, CGI, Claymation, all that -- what was it like working on an episode that was produced so radically different from previous episodes?COLIN FERGUSON:
It was really hard. It's a different prep procedure to do it; it needs way more lead time, it needs way more - I was talking to Matt about it, who directed it, and he was saying, "It's really fun in an egotistical way," because he comes up with a shot and that's the shot. Full on, that's the shot – no one else chimes in, it's like that's the shot that tells that these are the stories.
So it was a very, very different way to prep and shoot than we're used to. It was much easier on us as actors and much harder on I think the production staff – particularly the post-production staff who had to keep a live action wing going as well as all this animation stuff. And so it stretched them, I know, and they're tired. But for us it was way easier.QUESTION:
Now that Haven
has shot its first Christmas special, do you feel the series has finally come into its own within the Syfy network?EMILY ROSE:
Yes, I feel really honored to be on this call with Colin and Eddie, and feel honored to be so welcomed into the Syfy family. They did an amazing job of that and I felt the same way when the network asked us to do a Christmas episode.
It was, like I said earlier, a good faith gesture...to us before the season even started like that, "We want you to be around during the holidays." It's like getting invited to a party. It's like, "Sure, yes, I'll come, that's great. You want me to be there? That's wonderful."
So I do feel like Haven
is the kind of small town environment that's conducive to a Christmas episode. So I think that those two things go hand-in-hand. But the fact that it's sort of a Stephen King show is interesting to be doing a Christmas episode in that genre.
Definitely it's a way that I feel very much welcomed into the Syfy family. It's neat to be included in that lineup over the holidays, it's neat to have people want to sit with the characters through that experience. And it's definitely an honor and a blessing. And I'm super thankful for it.QUESTION:
Eddie, I wouldn't worry about the comic book; next time they make another Warehouse 13
comic book, tell them to avoid the profile panels and you won't have to worry about the chin.
Or maybe grow a beard and maybe you can look like Chuck Norris.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
That's right. Well I grew a beard once and it was too itchy. So I probably won't be able to grow a beard, but maybe I can wear a mask of some sort.QUESTION:
Emily, with your character being slightly out of place, slightly out of sync with the rest of the characters on the show, did you find that there were a lot of parallels between Audrey's experience in the town and this holiday kind of happening at the wrong time?EMILY ROSE:
Yes, that's an interesting question. If there's a common theme with Audrey consistently feeling like an outsider. And we revisit that scene frequently in the show.
It has disappeared a bit in the second season as she's belonged more in the town. But this holiday episode is definitely one that revisits that because she's the only one that's experiencing - or should I say not experiencing Christmas.
She's the only one that doesn't think that it's happening and thinks that it's foolish and why would it be happening in July? So again, she's feeling on the outside and has to try to solve things and get everything back on track on her own. But she's pretty good at that, so nothing to worry about.QUESTION:
What are the three of you looking forward to most this Christmas?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
For me like I said, I really like going over and seeing my dad. He lives over in Scottsdale, and my two sons, Jack and Max, they love their pap-pap.
And my dad's not getting any younger and so any chance that I get to go spend time with him. And I actually have someone who will sit and watch football with me, because it doesn't happen here. That's what I'm trying to tell you.
So it's good to be able to spend time with my dad.EMILY ROSE:
I always look forward to seeing my family. I really, really do because like Eddie said, you're gone for half of the year, and when you enter that black hole of production, you disappear from everything and everyone. It's just so wonderful to come back to a normal life and spend time with family and catch up with them.
And then I also just look forward to seasons. I'm from Washington and my husband's from Tennessee. And so I love being in the cold weather and I love that it might snow. And I love all of those things so seeing fir trees and snow and the lights of Seattle all lit up -- I look forward to all of those things, they make me really happy.COLIN FERGUSON:
I always look forward - this sounds odd, but my favorite thing about the holidays is that it means the New Year is coming and I love a new year. I love the spring is going to come shortly after that and I like that a lot.
I'm not a big holiday guy. I'm looking forward to having my house back so that I can invite friends over and sit around and laugh and not have them have sweaters and hats on. But they're good friends, they come over anyway.
But yes, that's what I'm looking forward to. It's simple but that's what it is.QUESTION:
What was your favorite childhood toy that you played with?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
I remember waking up one Christmas morning and my parents had gotten me The Guns of Navarone
action set. So it was, you know...COLIN FERGUSON:
...this like plastic mountain with the two guns.COLIN FERGUSON:
That exists?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
There was a bunch of German soldiers. And then I had American landing ships and commandos. And then I got tanks and stuff. And then I had a rubber alligator that I'd put in the water. And the rubber alligator would eat the guys and then the Germans would fall into the water and then the alligator would eat them too.EMILY ROSE:
I'm stunned that that exists. That's like the Deer Hunter
action set; it's just not something you think would (unintelligible).EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
I swear to God. I mean The Guns of Navarone
; I had it.COLIN FERGUSON:
That's great. I guess mine would be, I had the Big Wheel when you were a kid, I had a - it was called a Cobra and it was black, so it was ever so slightly cooler. And yes, I loved that. I used to take that around the neighborhood. That was my favorite.EMILY ROSE:
I was a child of an engineer and a child of the 80s so technology was just up and coming in so many areas. So everything from the Atari to the Speak & Spell, to anything that had lights and was technologically advanced for the time, that was the thing that I was very excited about.
That and the little Radio Shack cash register where I could play store in my room. Anything that I could make believe and be another character was tops on my list.QUESTION:
Do you guys remember the popcorn balls? And if you do, did you eat them and do you still?EMILY ROSE:
Oh wow.COLIN FERGUSON:
I don't.EMILY ROSE:
I never. Yes, no I never had them. I never had them. They scared my teeth.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Yes to me, I thought the popcorn balls were like fruit cake or whatever.EMILY ROSE:
You know, it's like you talked about it, and you saw it, but no one ever really ate...EMILY ROSE:
You never went there, yes.COLIN FERGUSON:
I've never heard of popcorn balls. This is like Guns of Navarone
action figures and popcorn.EMILY ROSE:
It's like a...COLIN FERGUSON:
Like I'm from another dimension.EMILY ROSE:
It's like a hard, candy, large softball-sized ball of popcorn that's stuck together by forms of something, glue or whatever. It's just not right.COLIN FERGUSON:
I know you can't talk a lot about what's coming in the seasons, but besides seeing the cast again, what are you looking forward to going back to filming, acting-wise or something that's coming up?EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Well for me I get to go back and see my extended family. You know, it's tough to go to Canada for me, it's hard to leave my home and my sons, my wife, and everything that I've worked really hard to accomplish here in LA.
But the upside for me is I get to continue working on my show, on a show that I really enjoy, and I get to see the people that I've been on this journey with. And I get to explore more and have a good time making a show that people seem to enjoy.
Other than that I have nothing else to say.EMILY ROSE:
I think I did a tiny little guest spot just this last week on (Harry's Well). And it was a lot of fun. And it was so fun to be working on something again. And they have a great crew and it was a great group of people. I had a blast.
But I had that realization that when you have a gift of your own show like that, like what Eddie's talking about, you miss that family and you miss them, and you miss what a great - you know, everybody always says, "Oh thank you to the great crew." But when you have a great crew, it's fantastic.
So for me I - as much as I hate leaving Los Angeles because I love my friends and family and everything here, it's like this alter world I get to go and live in and this tiny little small, small, small town that I get to have a little house that I never would have in a million years thought I'd be living for five months out of the year in Nova Scotia, Canada.
And I love walking to the little pub down the street and I love having family dinners with our cast and crew at (Nicky)'s and I look forward to all of those little things. And then I look forward to the crazy special effects things that the guys do on our show.
Like for this Christmas episode, we had tons of snow in it and in one point and we got to do the whole thing covered in bubbles. And that was just random. So there's always some weird gag that we're going to end up having to get through and do. And it's a fun part about making a Syfy show; it's a blast.COLIN FERGUSON:
Oh well, we're not going back but if I was it would be similar. It's the fun that you get to do, it's the locations you get to visit that you wouldn't get to visit any other way, it's the access you have to the latest toys and the latest techniques.
And it's nice to have stuff to talk about. And that keeps you vital and even the frustrations are amazing because you - it's like war stories that bind you to the people you're working with. So yes, I'm going to miss all that for sure.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
But you get to go to conventions with me now Colin.COLIN FERGUSON:
Let's go to Germany.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
Yes, we're going to go to Germany and take our shirts off.COLIN FERGUSON:
Yes, Dusseldorf, absolutely.EMILY ROSE:
With the alligators.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
You know what Colin? I don't know if you saw this but we - Colin and I were in Australia together and they asked us at this convention to put on these white t-shirts and draw on them.
So Colin and I were drawing on our t-shirts, we're drawing on each other's t-shirts. And then we auctioned the t-shirts off and there's these sci-fi writers that wrote this piece, and the guy wrote me and said, "Hey Eddie, will you re-Tweet this?" So I went and read it and it said, "Eddie McClintock and Colin Ferguson put on their white t-shirts. Colin's t-shirt brought in quite a bit more money than Eddie's."
I was like, "Okay, that's okay. That's all right, yes." And I keep reading and then he's like, "And excuse me readers, I'm not gay but man when Colin Ferguson took off his shirt, he was built like a tank under there." He goes, "Eddie McClintock also took off his shirt but he wasn't nearly as attractive."EMILY ROSE:
Swear to God, someone wrote that. So I didn't...COLIN FERGUSON:
That's not true.EDDIE MCCLINTOCK:
I swear to God the guy's like, "Will you re-Tweet this?" And I was like, "Sure, this is my favorite sentence from the piece; Colin (unintelligible)" I just was like, "Really dude?"
For the last eight weeks I've been running like 17 miles a day and I've got a picture of Colin's tank-like physique posted on my mirror in the bathroom downstairs. I'm like Rocky, "I'll show them. Make me eat vegemite."