SciFi’s upcoming series, “Warehouse 13” looked to the screwball comedies of the golden age of Hollywood for inspiration in creating the character dynamic in the series producers Jack Kennedy and David Simkins told SciFi Wire.
“I wouldn’t say so much inspiration as opposed to just touching upon cultural and dramatic touchstones. Jack and I, in going back and sitting with the characters and with the characters in the writers’ room, we talk a lot about the ‘Thin Man’ series, Myrna Loy, William Powell, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy,” Simkins said.
“I think what you’re talking about, though, is in those kinds of relationships, and those kinds of settings, is just the friction,” he continued. “The story to me with characters like Pete and Myka, the story of those characters always lives in the space between them: What they believe at a certain moment or a potential betrayal or a revelation of a hidden secret. Those things play in any relationship, whether it be in ‘Men in Black’ or Indiana and Marion. They’re really, really right avenues to explore.”
The producers went on to say that while they appreciate shows with a dense, rewarding mythology, they’re working to make sure that the show remains accessible to more casual fans.
“We’re doing more stand-alone episodes,” Simkins said. “For the most part, you can come to it—I hope you don’t—but you can come to it in episode three or four or seven and still really have a great ride. You won’t have missed much, if anything. There’s a couple of B plot runners that we’re running through the series, but for the most part, when you tune in, and there’s Pete and Myka and they’re going off on a mission, you’ll get it. It’s pretty accessible.”
“Warehouse 13” debuts on SciFi on July 7.