Syfy renews Warehouse 13 for second season

Network picks up popular sci-fi/fantasy series.

NUP_131080_0304Syfy, the rebranded Sci Fi Channel, has commissioned a second season of its summer hit show Warehouse 13, according to its parent company NBC Universal through Variety.

The surprisingly early move has come after the show, which debuted around the same time the second half of Eureka’s third season in July, has continued to score relatively highly in ratings for the network, easily keeping pace with its best numbers. “We took a look at doing 20 episodes, but for logistic and financial reasons, it didn’t make sense to do that right now, but I wouldn’t rule that out,” Syfy president Dave Howe told Variety.

Warehouse 13 has even been outdoing Eureka in figures, so while this renewal was more or less a given, it’s refreshing to see one being announced so early into the television season when networks are generally hawkish about commissioning new property until they have time to fully analyse the impact of their shows. Syfy, however, has taken a different tack over the last few years, renewing Sanctuary relatively quickly last season, giving the green light to Caprica shortly before the DVD release, and announcing a fourth season for Eureka at San Diego Comic-Con.

Warehouse 13 stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, and Saul Rubinek. The show airs on Tuesday evenings in the United States.