SCI FI Green-Lights Eureka
SCI FI Channel has given a green light for production of 13 hours of a new original series, Eureka, a drama about a seemingly ordinary town whose residents lead extraordinary lives. The order includes a two-hour pilot for the series, which will star Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Greg Germann, Joe Morton, Debrah Farentino, Maury Chaykin, Matt Frewer and Jordan Hinson, the network announced.
Eureka is set in a picturesque Pacific Northwest town that is shrouded in secrecy, a community of scientific geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research, where anything can happen. And does.
The series is executive-produced by Andrew Cosby (Haunted) and co-executive-produced by Jamie Paglia; production is slated to begin in January 2006 in Vancouver, Canada, for a summer 2006 premiere. Peter O'Fallon directed the pilot. In it, federal marshal Jack Carter (Ferguson) wrecks his car in the town of Eureka while transporting a teenage fugitive. Stranded, Carter quickly discovers that Eureka is not all it appears when a child vanishes in the catastrophic aftermath of an accident caused by a creation of one of the town's eccentric residents. Instinctively, he inserts himself into the investigation, working alongside the town's sheriff (Maury Chaykin) and an agent from the Department of Defense (Richardson-Whitfield). As the case unfolds, Carter is let in on one of the country's best-kept government secrets: Eureka is a haven created for the world's greatest minds to live, work and create. But, unknown to most, mystery, conspiracy and long-simmering secrets lurk just beneath the surface of this seemingly idyllic town.