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By Suzanne

Colin Ferguson and Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Interview with Colin Ferguson and Salli Richardson-Whitfield of "Eureka" on Syfy 6/29/11.

This is one of my very favorite shows, and these two are great. I am so glad I got to speak with them. It was so funny listening to them. They are a riot together. I hope you enjoy reading it, too.

Moderator: Sharon Liggins
June 29, 2011
3:30 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the NBC Universal Eureka conference call.I would now like to turn the conference over to Sharon Liggins. Please go ahead.

Sharon Liggins: Hello, everyone, Iím Sharon Liggins. Iím the publicist for Universal Cable Productions and Eureka, so thank you so much for taking time to join our Eureka conference call.

Joining us from the cast is Colin Ferguson, who plays Sheriff Jack Carter, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who plays Allison Blake. Season 4.5 of Eureka premiers Monday, July 11 at 8:00 pm, kicking off Syfyís new Monday night lineup of scripted originals.

Iíll now hand it back to the operator to start the call.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder to register a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You will hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge your request. If your question has been answered and you would like to withdraw your registration, please press the 1 followed by the 3. If you are using a speakerphone, please lift your handset before entering your request. One moment please, for the first question.

Our first question comes from Pattye Grippo from Pazsaz Entertainment Network. Please proceed.

Pattye Grippo: Hi guys, thanks for talking with us today.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Pattye Grippo: So let me ask you, how do you think the dynamic within the cast has changed, you know, as the showís progressed, now that weíre in the fourth and a half, I guess weíll call it, season?

Colin Ferguson: Gosh, Sal, you want me to take it?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, because Iím not quite sure...

Colin Ferguson: Okay...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: Itís sort of been an amazing thing to watch actually, to - because we all obviously have actors of all different ages in the cast, and so weíve watch sort of the younger members of the cast sort of grow up and become artists in their own right, and thatís been an amazing journey to follow.

But I would say, as far as all the adults go, itís stunning that we havenít had more problems. You hear about casts and sort of insiding and whatnot, and everyone really gets along. I think we get along better now than we ever have, and thatís a really odd thing to be, for our calendar of six years, into a process like this and to find everybody sort of really, you know, doing - going above and beyond to respect each otherís process and respect, the foibles and the complications of working together.

So as far as the people go, weíve never gotten along better.

Pattye Grippo: Well, thatís great. And Salli, let me ask you then. In what ways would you say that you are most like and least like your character of Allison?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, itís funny. I think that Iíve actually - our characters have become even more alike as the seasons have gone one. Sheís - I think that Iím not quite as, Colin may disagree, as hard and as tough as I seem.

In this, the last season or so, you get to see a much softer side of Allison and of - with her being a mom, but still having to juggle work. So, I think that weíve - our characters actually have come much closer and sheís very much like me now.

Pattye Grippo: Oh, great.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Pattye Grippo: And let me end with this the, Colin, youíve been both an actor and a director now, which of these do you find more challenging and which do you prefer?

Colin Ferguson: Well, actually, ask Sal. Salís also been an actor and a director at this point...

Pattye Grippo: Oh, okay.

Colin Ferguson: ...two times over, as has - Joe Morton is also our - one of our actor/director-(type in it).

What do I like more? At this point, I donít know. It really - about a year ago I would have answered the question saying, ďHands down, directing.Ē It was new, it was fresh, it was so exciting, and now the three episodes and a movie at this point and I sort of get it, and I really embrace both in the same way now. Itís - it really is project by project, scene by scene in, what you can really do.

I think Iím tired at this point, to give you honest answers - an honest answer to the question is Iím really tired, so I need - Iím looking forward to a break so I can sort of replug in and get more energy to do anything at all. But what I like about directing more is that you get the questions - you get the story earlier, you can affect change in a more profound way, and stay with the story longer, and thatís a really rewarding process to go through.

As an actor, you really are a professional athlete or a hired gun, you sort of show up on the day and you do your little magic and thatís what goes on tape. And youíre like itís a gun slinger-type job. The problem is you show up so late that sometimes you canít affect the change that youíd like to.

So, itís good and bad for both, but I think weíd all sort of have the same answer; we really, really enjoy doing both.

Pattye Grippo: Okay, well, great. Thank you both very much for your time today.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Colin Ferguson: Thanks, Pazsaz.

Operator: Our next question comes from Mike Hughes from TV America. Please proceed.

Mike Hughes: Yeah, a question for both of you. Here you are on one of the most high-tech series and the first episode coming back youíre both riding horses, which I got a kick out of. First of all let me ask you, had you been - had you guys ridden horses in other roles before, and what was it like?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well...

Colin Ferguson: Take it away, Sal.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...Iíll start with that. I had ridden before, literally, I mean pretty much my first big film moving to L.A. I had to ride a horse and Iíve done maybe another job, but I think for all of us we had some time before to get on some horses and get it back together.

Luckily for me I was supposed to look ridiculous on the horse, so I didnít have to be an expert. And Colin, I donít think heíll answer this, had ridden a lot of horses, but heís very athletic, so he always gets everything together.

Mike Hughes: Is thatÖ


Colin Ferguson: I had ridden a couple of times, but not anything profound and not something where Iíd say I was comfortable. And as much as we get a bunch of work, it was mostly the stunt doubles. When you see the final showÖ

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I know, we were very angry about that.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, it was like, ďWhat the hell.Ē but it was fun. Anytime you get to do something like that where youíre sort of outside of your zone itís fantastic. And itís more, for me anyway, it was less about the actual skill of riding the horse and more about getting to know your horse.

So after a couple days it was significantly easier because you just knew the horseís idiosyncrasy.

Mike Hughes: And then I just wanted to ask you...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And of course, Colin has the mean horse.

Mike Hughes: Okay.

Colin Ferguson: I did have the mean horse. He kept biting on me andÖ


Colin Ferguson: ...and I was like, ďIs it me?Ē And then the trainer was like, ďNo, thatís what he does. Thatís just how heÖ


Mike Hughes: And then, I wanted to ask you just to philosophize about that in general, itís such an unusual show that you can pick up a script and have no idea what kind of a weird direction take yet, and you range all the way from comedy to romance to, like in this one, mostly dead-dead serious drama, and then you find yourself riding a horse and so forth.

Whatís it like when you pick up a script and find one of these weird surprises?

Colin Ferguson: Okay. Well, it depends on the surprise. I mean sometimes you open up the script and you go, ďOh, thatís going to be amazing,Ē and then you open up a script and you go, ďReally? Like, really?Ē, and weíre going to - okay? ďAll right. All right.Ē

Because it could be the middle of winter and theyíre like, ďOkay, so youíre stuck in t-shirts on the top of a blizzard,Ē you know and then...

Mike Hughes: Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: cuss them - and what were you going to say, Sal?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, I was going to say thatís what is so fun about doing the show too, is that we get to do - youíre not stuck in a goofy comedy all the time, youíre not stuck just doing straight drama or straight little get ups.

You really get to do different things all the time and I think that thatís what keeps it fresh for us, and why we continue to get better because you keep - you get to stretch and you get to do different things and I think thatís why the fans like the show. Itís - youíre not bored by the same thing every time.

Mike Hughes: Okay, cool. Thanks.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah. Thanks, Mike.

Mike Hughes: Yeah.

Operator: The next question comes from Reg Seeton from Please proceed.

Reg Seeton: Hi guys, thanks for taking the call.

Colin Ferguson: Hello, Mr. Seeton.

Reg Seeton: And Salli, can you talk about some of the issues that Allison has with Jack now, in relation to where things left off?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, gosh, I hope I know what - where - he thinks this is funny because I never know we - by the time we get to this season I donít know whatís going on. I think that...

Colin Ferguson: Weíre shooting right now - weíre in the middle of shooting the season thatíll air in 2012, so we sort of have all that downloaded into our head, and so itís now sort of going, ďRight.Ē So, about a year agoÖ

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I think that that the issues that we have now, now that weíre trying this new relationship on, or seeing if this is going to happen, that puts a different dynamic into working together. So, itís like working with your husband or wife, how do you now balance both of the two things? And I think that thatís where we start getting into trouble with each other.

Of course nothing can ever be perfect because that would be boring with us if we were just all lovey dovey and everything was great. So, I think that thatís where we start getting into trouble, how can we work together and do both, and where is that line?

Reg Seeton: And Colin, is Jack oblivious to how Allison is feeling or does he have a hard time admitting it?

Colin Ferguson: No, I donít think heís oblivious, but itís a funny thing asking me about relationships; not my forte. Iím not terribly good at it. But no, heís not oblivious, but at the same time itís difficult when youíre working with someone and having a relationship with them, as these two characters do. So, you have to give each other more space and you have to give each other sort of the latitude to be - to have more off days than, you know, normally you would.

And also sheís - Allison is a character that has two kids, so thereís - you really got to move slowly and be really patient with that, you know, if youíre going to try to partner with that. So, I think heís patient, I think heís aware of it, and I think heís - but weíre dealing with something in the next episodes we shoot, which is that heís not aware of, so there are still bumps and problems to come.

Reg Seeton: Great, thanks guys. Good luck.

Colin Ferguson: Thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from Joshua Maloney from Niagara Frontier Publications. Please proceed.

Joshua Maloney: Hi, Colin. Hi, Salli. Thanks for your time today.

Colin Ferguson: Hey, Joshua.

Joshua Maloney: So the two of you are really fun to watch together on screen. Youíve got really good chemistry. Talk a little bit about that process, how that evolves, and what you like about working with the other person.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, let me stress - let me figure this out. No...

Colin Ferguson: How do you lie? How do you come up with a good lie, Sal.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I think from the very beginning when Colin and I first did our first scene together, you know, you never know if youíre going to have chemistry with someone, and ours just - it s just naturally there. And I feel really corny when I say this, but thereís something that clicks, because obviously off camera weíre very brother/sister, jokey-jokey, ďOh, God, weíve got to kiss.Ē

But, as soon as that camera rolls and I look into Colinís eyes, thereís something that clicks and I always find an instant connection that makes all of my feelings just sort of come right up to the forefront, and I feel everything Iím saying with him. And itís very lucky for us and for me, I just naturally have a wonderful connection with him when weíre working.

So, I love it and we know how to work with each other on and off camera. I know what he needs to do to get what he needs, and he knows what I need, and we make allowances for each other and we try not to step on each otherís toes.

Colin Ferguson: And I made - and that definitely attributes to Sal. I mean, we havenít had a fight in six years of working together, and thatís not because Iím easy to work with, thatís because Salliís amazing to work with. Sheís just top notch and, Sal, Iím actually really flattered and floored by your last answer to that question, so that was really sweet. Thanks.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, itís true.

Joshua Maloney: So, obviously the first half of the fourth season, a lot of substantial things happened on the show. For the second half of this fourth season, if you guys could put yourself back into that mindset, what sort of is the most exciting thing for you? What are you sort of excited about the fans seeing as we approach this new season?

Colin Ferguson: Iím looking forward...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Colin, Iíll let you have that one.

Colin Ferguson: Okay, sure. Well, we pick up sort of right where we left off at the end of, I donít even know what numbers that - itís Syfy, right, so itís like 4.3, itís 5.2, I donít know what season weíre on.

So, we pick up right where left off with sort of the big sort of arc of the season, is the (Estreas), itís the (Estreas) Project, basically Eureka going into space. And I was concerned when we started it that it was going to be just sort of a path like, ďOh, this is the mission de jour that weíre going to on for 13,Ē but actually balloons and blossoms into this fantastically complex plot.

And then, at the end of the season youíre about see it kicks into the whole next year in a way that you completely donít expect. So, itís this - what Iím really looking forward to seeing is sort of everyone even next summer going, ďOh, my God. Really? Weíre - thatís happening now?Ē Because itís sort of Eureka going into space and do they go into space, and itís really interesting.

So, Iím looking...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I think...

Colin Ferguson: ...forward to - yeah?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, I was saying, I think thatís what so hard for us is that, I mean really all these episodes that weíve shot that you may not see for a little while, that - everything is just getting so much better and in - and itís like you just want everyone to know and you want them to see all this great stuff thatís coming. Theyíve really put everything together well, so itís sort of hard to hold back and not tell you everything thatís going on because itís so exciting.

Joshua Maloney: Right.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Joshua Maloney: Well, weíre definitely looking forward to it. Thank you, guys, for your time today.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, thanks, Josh.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Curt Wagner from RedEye. Please proceed.

Curt Wagner: Hey, guys. Thanks for the time.

Colin Ferguson: Hey, Mr. Wagner.

Curt Wagner: I wanted to start just, Colin, thanks for showing me to Jaime office when I ran into on the lot last summer...

Colin Ferguson: Youíre welcome.


Curt Wagner: ...and for not calling security. And Salli, hello from your hometown.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, very good. Very good.

Curt Wagner: Now, I wanted to talk a little - I guess you guys talked a little bit about Jack and Allison being together, finally, with no issues. Iíve - at least for a little while anyway. Iíve seen the first three episodes of this round and Iím kind of loving it.

Has that been fun for you to know that, you know, thereís no problems, weíre going to get to do this for a little while? And then also, do you, when you see the scripts, sort of wait for the shoe to drop - the other shoe to drop like I am right now too?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Right, I think theyíve found a way to put us together, but not make it boring.

Curt Wagner: Right.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, itís never straightforward. I mean, thatís what I really liked about it, and thatís what actually Sal and I fought against really hard for a long time, because the temptation is like, ďOh, theyíre together. Now you guys kiss in every scene,Ē and weíre sort of going, ďNo, no, no, no, no, itís not realistic and itís not interesting.Ē

And theyíve done a really good job of having very real problems that you deal with in relationships that keep it both I guess affectionate and clear that thereís love there, but at the same time very clear that itís not easy, and (life) is not easy and relationships arenít easy, and I appreciate the realism of that.

Curt Wagner: All right, cool. And then, last year you sort of rebooted with the new timeline and everything and it - I feel like it really energized - like reenergized the show a lot, and that seems to still be going through with these new episodes. I really kind of want to talk about a lot of detailed stuff, but I know we canít do that.

But, could you guys just sort of talk about how things change when you had the new timeline? And also, are you surprised that the showís been around and lasted so long?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I think youíre always surprised when your show gets picked up the first time. But now I think the show is so good, like I said, especially the ones weíre shooting now in these last few seasons, that I would be more surprised when weíre not picked up because itís such a good show now and itís just gotten so much better.

And then, Colin, you talk because Iím forgetting the other part of your question again.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, the other part was sort of the timeline reboot and how it energized...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Right.

Colin Ferguson: ...the - I would agree with that. I think the show is as good as itís ever been. That had to do with sort of a big shift down here in the writers room and, sort of finally finding our footing and getting our way back after the writerís strike and all of the big Hollywood problems that happened. It made it really difficult even to know if you were going to have a job.

So, we have a really solid group of writers and a really sort of core group of people that hasnít changed, so thatís why it sort of feels really energized and is really firing on all cylinders.

As far as the reboot and the energy that happens with that, I think thatís symptomatic of the changes that happened. We really found our footing and the reboot was sort of this symbolic gesture on behalf of the network that we were allowed to do what we wanted to do. I mean, they went in to the network and said, ďWe want to go back in time, and then come back and change everything and never address it.Ē

And normally when you got into a network and say that they go, ďNo.Ē One of the biggest characters on the show is the Town, so to change the Town is a really tall order and it was a big sign off on behalf of the network as a gesture to say that the writers knew what they were doing. And I think the writers sort of, when they got that gesture, they filled confidence and it just redoubled on itself until we sort of had the energy that we have now.

Plus, the casting thatís gone on has been...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: ...unbelievably helpful. I mean weíve got Felicia Day, weíve got Wil Wheaton, we have Wallace Shawn coming in, we have Dave Foley coming in, and itís just - I mean, God Bless recession, right? Like, those names - thatís great to get all those people in to the show. You know, so and...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And they fit perfectly and we love them. I mean, these are people...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...who they donít come on and youíre like, ďOh, my God, can we get rid of these people as soon as possible.Ē Their just wonderful people to be around and you - and they just fit in our show so perfectly.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, and also whatís happened is theyíve - there was a decision made to write me lighter because I was just getting too tired and really bored at the sound of my own voice, unlike this (unintelligible), which clearly Iím not for the sound of my own voice.

But, the - like - and so what happened was all of a sudden these characters who were so developed and so worthy of having this big long plots are getting way more screen time, and very deservedly and I think it makes the show a lot more interesting.

Curt Wagner: All right. And then the last thing, Salli, what did you do with your big cutout of Allison that you took from Cafť (DM) last year?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, itís so funny. It is sitting in my childrenís playroom and I think itís so Mommy can be there when Iím stuck in Vancouver. But, yes, I did steal my cutout and it is literally sitting in the corner of their playroom. And my little boy, every once in a while...


Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...he goes, ďItís ma.Ē

Colin Ferguson: Thatís great. Itís big brother, but big mother, right?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Right.

Curt Wagner: Thatís awesome. All right, thanks. So, weíll see you in San Diego again.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Okay, see you soon.

Curt Wagner: Bye.

Colin Ferguson: Bye.

Operator: Our next question comes from Sheldon Wiebe from Please proceed.

Sheldon Wiebe: Thanks for doing this.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, no problem.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, pleasure.

Sheldon Wiebe: Just wondering, Colin, if you were a little disappointed in the Canucks this year.

Colin Ferguson: Iím from Montreal myself, so...

Sheldon Wiebe: Ah.

Colin Ferguson: ...although I would have loved the Canadian team to win, to be honest the Bruins played better and you canít (progress if) the better teams are winning.

And as far as the Canucks go, you know, youíre going to drop a game 8 to 1, donít do that in the in the Stanley Cup final. You just donít get to do that, so...

Sheldon Wiebe: Terrific, thanks.

Colin Ferguson: know, hats off to them. They played a (great game).

Sheldon Wiebe: Okay, as for the show, it seems like this season, I guess itís 4.5 or something, thereís a lot more emphasis placed on interpersonal relationships. And Iím just wondering which ones you enjoyed reading in the scripts more as they were being developed, the slow progression that finally is starting to pay off between Jack and Allison, the more combustible Jo and Zane, or the tentative baby steps that are happening between Fargo and Dr. Holly Marten?

Colin Ferguson: Fargo and Holly.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Fargo and - I vote for Fargo and Holly too.

Colin Ferguson: Fargo and Holly.

Sheldon Wiebe: Why?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Because theyíre both so darned cute that - Iíll say that because he canít say that. Go ahead, Colin.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah. No, theyíre just great. Itís one thing when a relationship started, going through its paces, and thatís where - weíre into ours and no one finds their own (lives) too interesting.

But, thatíd be funny, wouldnít it. Like, ďNo ours is the most interesting,Ē by far.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, ours is really by far the best story line.


Colin Ferguson: Ösome of the best work on the show. And to be honest, you didnít mention it, but I would say my second one is actually Henry and Grace.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yep.

Colin Ferguson: I really like that relationship too. Thereís something really warm and thereís something really warm and genuine of both of those relationships and I respond to them in a way. Itís also really nice to - that they have these relationships going, so I think I respond to that. But, thatís why I like them.

Sheldon Wiebe: Cool. And lastly, yet another relationship, will we see anymore of the Sarah/Andy relationship in any substantive way?

Colin Ferguson: Yes, a very...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Okay...

Colin Ferguson: ...substantial way, yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah.

Sheldon Wiebe: And this...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, theyíre - thatís also a great relationship, but - and I know itís really popular, give Sarah the house, and heís a robot, and all that stuff. But - and theyíre all fantastic actors. So really, Grace is in two relationships, you might say, as Sarah...

Sheldon Wiebe: Absolutely.

Colin Ferguson: ...and Fargo; double duty.

Sheldon Wiebe: Can you tease the Sarah/Andy just a little, give you us a little hint?

Colin Ferguson: Sure, yeah. They take their relationship forward in a very profound way and we all have to make do as we live inside of her.

Sheldon Wiebe: Sounds wonderful.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Sheldon Wiebe: Thanks so much for your time.

Colin Ferguson: Thank you so much.

Operator: Our next question comes from Keshaunta Moton from Please proceed.

Keshaunta Moton: Hi, thank you for taking the call.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Hi, thank you.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, pleasure. Thank you for calling.

Keshaunta Moton: We talked earlier about, Colin, youíre a director, but Allison you - I mean, Salli, youíll be directing an episode this season. Can you tell us more about how it felt to lord over your - rest of your cast mates?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, I love it, lord over. Thatís exactly what it - well, I did one last season, I guess you guys will be seeing that coming up this season. I donít know. But, I - and I just finished the one that Iím shooting this season. Actually, just finished editing it yesterday, and I just love it.

I had to - itís such a different thing from acting and itís so - you really have to be a - my micromanaging in real life has - it works very well for directing, and itís something that I would like to be the next step in my career. I have a great - luckily I have wonderful actors, you donít really have to direct that much more than say, ďCan you tweak this one line?Ē

And I just found that I think that itís something that comes naturally to me and you donít know it until you get in there and do it. And Iím hoping to do more and more of it. And really, directing on Eureka has to be one of the best training grounds that any director could have because you get to do these wonderful dramatic story lines, but at the same time you get to learn about visual effects and green screen and you have stunts, you have comedy.

Iím learning these great skills to go to any other show that, and particularly not very many women know how to do, let alone Black women in this industry. So action is a manís - action and visual effect stuff is usually the job that they hire men to do, so I feel very blessed to learn these skills that I can take on and do - hopefully do a lot more things.

Keshaunta Moton: Okay. And Colin, how was it for you? Were you like a model actor or were you like poking at her with a stick?

Colin Ferguson: No, I mean it - the funny thing is its really nice when one of us does direct because itís always great to have a cause to rally behind. Weíve done, I donít know how many episodes, close to eighty at this point, and you go, ďOkay, great. At least thereís a reason to show up today,Ē you know? (But I go with) Salliís episode itís like, ďOh, great. Okay, well this is sort of cool.Ē

And to the extent, what Salliís saying, ití s not only that you have to know how to do it on our show, I mean weíre a cable show, so we donít have $4 million a week to get this stuff done. You canít learn on the fly, you have to know how to do it and know how to do it quickly. You canít figure it out. So, itís great training ground because itís trial by fire, which is fantastic.

When Iím directing Iím all about making the day, and being relaxed, and I like a calm environment at this point, so I respond to how Salli directs because sheís very calm and she knows what she wants.

Keshaunta Moton: Okay. And what has...


Keshaunta Moton: ...been your guysí favorite Allison and Jack moment so far?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh.

Colin Ferguson: Favorite moment? Iíd go back to magnetic fence.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I know - well, that one we have that was in our first season we got stuck together on this fence, but I also like when I was pregnant and the baby was kicking, that - do you remember that?

Colin Ferguson: Oh, yeah. That was - we were on the couch.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yes, we were shooting this wonderful scene in my office when I was enormous at the time, and it was a very sweet scene where heís touching my stomach. But literally, when we were shooting every time Colin would touch my belly the baby, because I was really pregnant, the baby would kick right on his hand, like with every single take, Little Dre would go crazy in my stomach, so it was kind of funny.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, and Dre is a model athlete at this point in his life, so it really is no surprise that he ended up kicking on queue every single time.

Keshaunta Moton: All right. Thank you, guys.

Colin Ferguson: Thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from Jenny Rarden from Please proceed.

Jenny Rarden: Hi, guys. Thank you so much for taking our calls.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Colin Ferguson: Hello, Jenny.

Jenny Rarden: Colin, Iíve spoken with you before. Itís been a while, but I have to say that when I got the notice about being able to talk to you both I was absolutely thrilled, because Iím unashamedly a Carter and Allison (shipper).

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, God.

Colin Ferguson: Man, youíre -go Jenny.

Jenny Rarden: And in - then in addition to Carter and Allison, Iíve been a big Jo and Zane (shipper) too. While the timeline shift worked out well for your characters, it didnít work out so great for them as a couple. Can you give us any good news regarding their relationship on the episodes coming up?

Colin Ferguson: Well...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Can we?

Colin Ferguson: ...we can. They go through a lot and they keep going through a lot for the next year. And really, as of right now, weíre still on the fence on if theyíre going to pull through, and thatís a while later. Those two go through the - they go through it, you know? They definitely love each other, but that - but itís a hard one. Itís hard to watch sometimes when two people keep missing each other in the night, and then ultimately do or donít get together you go, ďOh, God, guys, just figure it out.Ē

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And isnít...

Jenny Rarden: Right.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...that real life?

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Jenny Rarden: It is. It is. Well, what is - my other question is, whatís the rest of the season looks like for Carter and Zoe? Will we be seeing anymore of her in Eureka?

Colin Ferguson: Yes. Jordan definitely came back a couple times that season. She was actually over here yesterday. Sheís my designer. Iím getting some renovation done on my house and Iím going to be out of town, so Iíve (unintelligible) Jordan. She did. She came by with my contractor, (Leif), Jordan and myself and sheís handling all the design.

Colin Ferguson: So, Iím going to come back to a house that she - Jordan is designing, which isÖ

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And that a 21-year old is designing.

Jenny Rarden: Thatís great.

Colin Ferguson: Exactly. Yep, my closetís going to be filled with Forever 21. Yeah, no, itís great. I mean, itís one of my favorite relationships and itís been amazing to watch her grow from a 13-year old to now being 20 and watching her life bloom into what sheís created it today, and yeah, I love her and I love that relationship, and yes she comes back.

Jenny Rarden: Great. Well, thank you guys very much.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Colin Ferguson: Thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from Suzanne Lanoue from The TV MegaSite. Please proceed.

Suzanne Lanoue: Hi, one thing I really liked about your guysí show is how it really emphasizes the science in the science fiction, and I was wondering if either of you had much of an interest in science before you joined the show?

Colin Ferguson: Yes, definitely.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Me would be no. I stumble through all my tech talk. Great to the guys they - they love that joke because Iím always...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, which is a great blooper reel that we wonít ever show. A great blooper real.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: We know when weíre doing a read through when theyíre giving me this tech talk and weíre just reading the script for the first time and Iím like, ďOh, you guys are killing me.Ē Iím fine once I...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...get there, but that first time I go through it Iím like, ďOh.Ē So, I...

Colin Ferguson: Well, we also mess with Salli, and Sal actually my sister was in Hawaii two weeks ago and she was like, ďOh, weíre going to Haleakala to hike the volcano.Ē We play - because weíll purposely mispronounce words for about ten minutes just before Salli has to do it, like Haleakala. Like, I think itís Haleakala. Iím pretty sure itís Haleakala. Is it Haleakala? Itís (pronounced) - itís Haleakala. So...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And I hate messing up on stuff, so Iím like, ďStop it. Stop it. I can barely remember this as it is.Ē So for me...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...itís very hard, but Colin is very - the person who doesnít really have to do it, probably is the one who would be the best at it.

Colin Ferguson: I like it. I like science. I like the words. I like the thing. I mean we go into it in a show in an intensely more detailed manner than I ever do on my own, but Iím always interested in sort of whatís going on technologically.

Suzanne Lanoue: Do you ever get fans coming up to you and asking you strange questions about the science and stuff on the show, like theÖ


Colin Ferguson: No, when fans come up to me itís always like, ďAre you the Dirty Jobs guy,Ē you know? And Iím like ďNo,Ē and itís like, ďOh, youíre the Eureka guy. Youíre smaller than I thought.Ē

Suzanne Lanoue: Is that...

Colin Ferguson: I get - I take that to mean I read as incredibly manly on screen, thatís what I think that means. But Iím six feet, Iím not small. So, I donít know what...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: No, heís not - yeah. Iím always...

Colin Ferguson: ...Iím mostly...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...surprised that people, especially when we go to Comic-Con and stuff like that, Iím always surprised that they arenít asking more questions like that, because our fans, they love that stuff, but they donít seem to ask - they really like the relationship stuff, which is cool.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, and...

Suzanne Lanoue: Right.

Colin Ferguson: ...Iíve got to say, our fans are amazing. Itís like the most respectful, kind group of people. You hear the myth, and Iím going to call it a myth, Sci-Fi fans being crazy and intrusive and, boundary issues and all that stuff. And so, coming into it people were sort of like, ďWhoa, watch out,Ē and Iíve found exactly the opposite experience.

People - theyíre like, ďOh, really like the show. Thanks. I donít want to disturb you, but,Ē you know, and really, really respectful and differential and I love our fans.

Suzanne Lanoue: Oh, thatís so nice. Iím sure the fans love you too. Iíll speak for them and say they do.

Colin Ferguson: I believe you.

Suzanne Lanoue: My last question was - now it went out of my head. See, thatís what I get for trying to be funny. Oh, I know.  Is there anything else you can tell us about whatís coming up this season or next that you can divulge, any spoilers, or anything?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Can we...

Colin Ferguson: Canít really divulge any spoilers. Weíll be strung up and hung if we do, but I mean what we said already, which is the (Estreas) stuff, itís - and thatís the key work for the next season. And then that key is off the next season after that. Sal, do you remember any episodes in particular?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Are you (being)...

Colin Ferguson: Obviously, we have the...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...funny?

Colin Ferguson: ...first one, so we have the one where the power goes out. We have - what the heck is - oh my lord, my brain is just shutting down. I remember the...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I donít remember anything.


Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And I let him know in the beginning, I donít remember anything.

Colin Ferguson: She has no need...


Suzanne Lanoue: Iím sorry. I didnít get that. What?

Colin Ferguson: No, we actually canít cite anything that we have coming up. Sorry. Itís - weíve been warned about spoilers and what not, so we canít help you on that.

Suzanne Lanoue: Well, thatís (okay). Thanks for trying.

Colin Ferguson: Okay, thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from Brandon Sites from Please proceed.

Brandon Sites: Hi. Thanks for taking my call - or Iím sorry our calls. My question is for both Colin and Shelli (sic). Now, with the Eureka show thereís a lot of things that seem to be way out there, like the change in the timeline, for example. How are the two of you able to relate to all the unusual things going on in the show so that you can turn in a performance that is - thatís real?

Colin Ferguson: Thatís actually difficult. It requires a lot of communication and it requires a lot of trust. And you build that up with, for example, the vis effects guys, you know, over time. Acting to green screen is - if you donít know how to do it it can be one of the more humiliating things that you can do, because you donít know to ask certain questions. You donít know to say, whereís the outline? How big is the explosion? Is everybody going on the same queue? No, stop this. Okay, we need everyone moving on the same queue. Can we move the queue to unify everybody?

And itís all those sorts of tricks and necessities that if you donít do youíll see the show and Iím sure youíve seen it where youíre like, ďWow, that doesnít work,Ē you know?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, and itís so funny that that stuff has sort of become second nature now...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...for us, you know?

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, absolutely.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And I think that itís helped us to go direct this stuff because you realize that you know how to direct it because youíve had to act it so much that you donít - youíre not as lost as you may have been if you had never done - had to be an actor doing visual effects all the time.

Colin Ferguson: Well, a lot of times youíll be working with an actor and youíll see them, and youíll see them drowning. Youíll see them flailing on something. And the perk of having - of being an actor is, gee on this one show, probably done 500 days, is that you can sort of go, ďOh, I know where they are. Okay, this is what they need.Ē

And you can come and go, ďRight, Iím going to give you a queue for that moment so everybody can get on the same thing.Ē And itís usually something like that, which is the silliest easiest thing in the world to do, and itís night and day for an actor. It makes all the difference.

And the fact that you can provide it for them they go, ďOh, thanks,Ē because they, you know, not sure if they can ask for it or not sure what they should ask for, but they know theyíre not hitting it and theyíre sort of looking around like, ďPlease help meĒ.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: (Yeah).


Brandon Sites: And my other question - Iím sorry, my other question is, whatís been your guysí favorite scientific invention on the show?

Colin Ferguson: Favorite scientific invention? The (bosencoladicsider).

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, right

Colin Ferguson: My latest - (well, that they) make some castings from space, which cracks me up. Itís like, ďOh, fire up some (bosencoladicsider). Weíre going to catch something from space.Ē You know how hard that is? It was like, ďOkay, fire it up.Ē And then thereís that one scene where Zaneís like, ďI got an extra bosencoladicsider.Ē Yeah, funny stuff.

Well, just to get back to the other question for just a fraction of a second. The other thing that you do is you make it physical and you make personal with the science. Itís the only way to make it through. You choose, is it hot, does it smell, does it sound - is it loud, is it bright, do you have to struggle to see it? Itís all those things that you can put into your body and the choices that you make about it that you use to unify it with everybody.

So, when you go into a scene like that you also say, ďOkay, this is loud or this is really bright,Ē and you know if everybodyís sort of reacting the same way it just helps. And any little thing you can do to help sell, so thatís also how we deal with the science is that personalizing and physicalizing.

Brandon Sites: Okay, well thatís all the questions I had. Thank you for your time.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Colin Ferguson: All gone. Iím sorry, Sal, I spoke over the entire time. Youíve got the next question. I wonít - Iíll shut my mouth.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Is it - listen, you know Iíll come in if I have something to say.

Colin Ferguson: Okay. All right.

Operator: Our next question comes from (Kelly DiMarcio) from

Kelly DiMarcio: Hi, guys. How are you today?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Hi.

Colin Ferguson: Hello.

Kelly DiMarcio: Well, Eureka has such a wide appeal, I actually go hooked because my ten-year old daughter introduced me to the show.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh.

Kelly DiMarcio: What do you think is a special ingredient that gives is such a draw to all ages?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, I think - oh, you got an idea?

Colin Ferguson: Take it away, Sal.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh...

Colin Ferguson: Iím sure I do, yeah, I could - me? I could blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I mean for me, especially these last few years weíve been doing it, I think itís just really the mixture. We were talking earlier that we have comedy, we have love, we have drama, we have the big explosions, and I really think that thereís something for everyone.

And itís also kept clean enough that you can have your ten-year old watching the show and youíre not having to usher them in the other room, but itís not done in a corny way where adults can still enjoy the show. They really found a happy medium where anyone really can watch and enjoy it.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, we try to put in as much - I remember the first season, it was - the mandate came down and were always being chastised saying, ďThis is not a comedy,Ē you know, ďStop putting - stop doing that, stop putting the jokes in. This is not a comedy.Ē All the directors were told, ďThis is not a comedy.Ē Because they were coming off Battlestar and it was going to be serious and all that stuff.

And I think the comedy that we throw in and the writers write in really helps. It helps us take the sting off of ideas and be a little more self-aware and make it fun. When the show began I really wanted it to be dark and edgy and all this stuff, but then as we started hearing from people, like, ďOh, we watched this - we watched this with our parents or I watched this with my kids, and my grandparents watch it.Ē

And I guess Iíve gotten older Iím really proud of that. Iím really proud - I mean, itís a little better than it used to be, but for the last bunch of years it was all CSI and all murder and rape and just TV was hard, and it was really nice to do a show that people could watch together. It became a source of pride for us.

So, what makes that work? I think we got lucky. We - the right combo worked and we were on a network that was patient enough to keep us on the air and if we knew what worked we could probably do it again, which...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah...

Colin Ferguson: impossible.

Kelly DiMarcio: Well, I can tell you as a parent, I really appreciate that I can watch the show with my daughter and enjoy it with her. And she wanted me to ask, what is the funniest thing you can recall thatís gone wrong on the set so far this season?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Has gone wrong?

Colin Ferguson: That has gone wrong? Yeah, thereís always something going wrong. What happened this year? Some things go wrong and theyíre not funny, like when Frasier had his collar bone ripped out this year. That was funny.

Kelly DiMarcio: Oh.

Colin Ferguson: It was the one stunt Iíve ever said, ďYou know what,Ē Iíd been going through a rough time personally and I said, ďYou know what, I donít know the scene. I canít do it. I just - have Frasier do it.Ē And Frasier went to do it and it tore out is collar bone and I was like, ďOkay.Ē

So we have things like that, but I would say the funniest thing thatís gone wrong, what would that be? Probably Neil Grayson, a couple years ago, and jump in Sal if you have one, but when he was - we use this stuff called Methocel, which is - Methocel is the stuff thatís in McDonaldís milkshakes and itís like a food additive. And one of the properties of Methocel, when you get covered in it, is that it wicks all the heat from your body, and then dries so itís really, really cold.

So, basically getting covered with stuff is sort of always an exercise in - and you know Neil was supposed to shoot first and ended up shooting six hours later, so he was covered in this stuff. I think he was painted green, standing in his trailer for six hours and that's because youíre covered and you can sit down and you canít do anything, (and he has glasses) and heís functionally naked because he was naked in the scene.

So, heís got this little banana hammock and a bathing suit on, going like - I - you know, that was - that provided us with endless amusement. And then, I guess right before we stopped shooting I was supposed to get - I was, peppered with paintballs, and those - they hurt, but thereís this giant plaque that theyíre supposed to be pounding on, which they systematically missed more times than they hit over the course of the scene.

Kelly DiMarcio: Oh, no.

Colin Ferguson: And Iím supposed to be reacting like Iím in pain, which is like good and then after the scene, ďArenít you bruised?Ē In like four or five different places for like a week. Those things kill, the paintballs, so we always get up to no good with stuff like that.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, Colin usually is the one getting tortured. Iím going to tell you...

Colin Ferguson: Yep.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...I canít talk about it, Iíll be - Colinís episode coming up, I think Iím going to get some torture in there. They found a way to torture me, but yes, heís usually the one getting it all.

Colin Ferguson: Well, there was the one where I was - I still - Iím positive I got a concussion on that one when Matt was directing and he was slamming my head into the top of the jeep. Do you remember that? I was on the (crane), and they were like, ďJust drop him,Ē and we couldnít get the shot and he was like dropping me ten times in a row on the top of the Jeep and I was like, ďReallyĒ? And he was like, ďWhat?Ē

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, I think thereís one where, and I donít want to say who does it, because Iím not sure when it comes, but when you keep getting slapped.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yes. Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: That got old.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Kelly DiMarcio: Well, thank you so much.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you so much.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, and yes, and thank your daughter for watching for us too, itís - we appreciate that.

Kelly DiMarcio: I will. Thanks.

Colin Ferguson: Okay.

Operator: Our next question comes from Anne Louise Bannon from Please proceed.

Anne Louise Bannon: Yeah, talking to Salli about the young kids watching and things like that, one of the things Iíve always been very impressed by with Allisonís character is the fact that sheís not only very smart and very good looking, sheís not a traditional scientist.

Salli, could you talk a little bit about what itís like to be a role model in that way?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well Allison isnít really - somehow Iíve become - I know - I seem to know all this science, you know, I really came in, I worked for the Department of Defense, but I was a medical doctor and...

Anne Louise Bannon: Right.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...somehow through osmosis now I know every bit of science that everyone else seems to know. But, I think itís my daughter, who is six, loves watching the show, and for me...

Colin Ferguson: Oh, Sal, hold up. Sal, if I remember correctly, we had deemed that episode that it was going to be established, they were going to make you a nurse.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, yeah, and...

Colin Ferguson: Do you remember that?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Right, I was still...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...I was like, ďWhy a nurse?Ē Wasnít I upset about that? I was like, ďAbsolutely not.Ē

Colin Ferguson: You were pissed off, yeah, and now youíve made yourself a doctor and now youíre screwed. Youíve got to know everything.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And now Iím mad because I have to do - but at the time I felt that, you know, why wouldnít this really intelligent woman, why wouldnít she have gone all the way and gotten her medical degree.

But I think itís wonderful for my daughter who usually only sees a lot of my friends who are in the acting business, because she loves the show. We get to talk about that there are other avenues for women and other jobs to think about, and that our show kind of shows that being smart is kind of cool and kind of fun, and she really gets that and she likes that about the show.

Anne Louise Bannon: Also, the character of Beverly Barlowe, who was in that first season, and then came back and I think she did at the time. Iím trying to remember now. But, are we going to be seeing more of Debrah Farentino?

Colin Ferguson: Yep.

Anne Louise Bannon: Oh.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thatís all we can say.

Colin Ferguson: Yep, sheís coming back. But, thatís tied into like the spoiler of spoilers, so thatís about all I can say on that. But yeah, sheís coming back and coming back with a vengeance.

Anne Louise Bannon: Oh, that ought to be fun.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Anne Louise Bannon: Yeah. Okay, and I guess thatís it for me, but thank you, guys, for taking the time.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Okay, thank you.

Colin Ferguson: Well, thanks. Appreciate it.

Operator: Our next question comes from (Mary Pasqual) from Culture Brats. Please proceed.

Mary Pasqual: Hi you guys. Thanks for talking with us.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Colin Ferguson: Pleasure.

Mary Pasqual: Hi. My question is in the past youíve done some character crossovers, will we be seeing more of that in the - with other shows this season?

Colin Ferguson: I think Graysonís doing another one.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, is he? Okay.

Colin Ferguson: I think so. Yeah, I think heís doing another - itís so hard. I think they did one in February, so thatíll air this summer. He and Skaggs are - or heís going to Warehouse 13 again, I believe, but I could be wrong, but I think thatís correct, and I donít think anyone else is.

I mean the hardest thing is because we all shoot at the same time, so the idea that, you know, I could get free or Salli could get free is just not - itís not in the cards.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, not...

Colin Ferguson: Weíd love to. In fact, Jack and I, the Executive Producer of Warehouse 13 were actors together in a show in 1999, so Iíve known Jack for about 12 years and Iíd love to go up and work with him on a show. I think itíd be hilarious.

Mary Pasqual: So, do you find that when you do character crossovers does it change the dynamic on the set?

Colin Ferguson: Well, I would imagine, speaking for myself, if I was to go over to Warehouse 13 and - itís a tough one. You have how you like to work, but itís their home and itís their show, and what they need for their show trumps anything that youíre - that you could, - I know Jack and I know Eddie very well because we did The Circuit together for - I mean the (backing) Circuit for a while, and I did a movie with (Joann).

And so, I know - and then Saul did an episode of Eureka and Skaggs has been on Eureka, so we know them all and we know how - theyíre so kind and respectful it wouldnít be a problem. But, first and foremost in our minds would be like, ďWhat do you guys need,Ē you know? ďWeíll supply you with what you need.Ē

Mary Pasqual: Absolutely. And letís see, actually I think thatís it. Salli, would you ever do a character crossover yourself?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, of course. Like Colin said, if they find the time I would love to go do it. Itís always fun to go do something different, even though we would be doing our character itís fun doing someone elseís show.

I think that Iíd - honestly Iíd like to go over there and direct the show. I think that Colin would to.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah would be great. Good plug, Sal, good plug. Well done.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: (Have) us over. I think that - weíll act in it if you let us direct it. How about that?

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, exactly, exactly, exactly.

Operator: Our next question comes from Jamie Ruby from Please proceed.

Jamie Ruby: Hello, thanks for taking our call today. So how...

Colin Ferguson: Hi, how are you doing?

Jamie Ruby: Hi, good. So, how are each of you most and least like your characters.

Colin Ferguson: Hold on, Iím just Tweeting your thing right now, because youíve been Tweeting the whole time, so now Iím Tweeting...

Jamie Ruby: Yes, I have.

Colin Ferguson: youíre asking the question. Ah-ha, so what was your...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: No.

Colin Ferguson: ...question?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Okay, I canít do...

Jamie Ruby: I had just...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...both, youíll never talk to me, okay?

Jamie Ruby: Iím getting better at it. How are you both like and not like your characters?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, I answered this one earlier so, Colin, you go for it.

Colin Ferguson: Well, Iím a Sheriff in real life, so (that sums that up). No, I think - how would I say Iím like him? Personality-wise weíre pretty similar at this point. Theyíve done an amazing job of taking the best of me and making it palatable for other people, so yeah, the personality is the same.

I guess the biggest difference would probably be relationships, I guess. He has a steadfast (and thatís how he makes things work), with Allison and he pushes through the problem, and thatís something that Iím working on in my own life.

A hard thing working out of town and trying to get something going back in Los Angeles, but that would probably be the biggest difference. But you know what, Iím working on it and...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And youíre also...

Colin Ferguson: ...Iíll figure it out.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...much smarter than they try to portray you.

Colin Ferguson: Thatís true. Yes. I mean, yes, I can say that.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: You canít say that. I can say that.

Colin Ferguson: All right, Iím a little - Iím (emphasis) slightly brighter than my character at times.

Jamie Ruby: Great. So, to both of you, what have you most learned about yourself since you started this show, or maybe the way youíre lifeís changed the most?

Colin Ferguson: Well...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well...

Colin Ferguson: ...this is sort of crazy. Sal, do you want to take it or should I?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I feel like I have grown so much as an actress and have learned that Iím better than I knew I was. Iíve just learned to really trust myself and I mean weíve been there a lot of years now and...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: know, even though I didnít come in there as a 20-year old girl, Iíve definitely grown up on this show and I feel like thereís nothing that you could throw at me as - in particular as an actress leaving here that I couldnít do, and Iíve learned that from being on the show.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, I would say Salli is doing the best work sheís ever done. I would say even in between last year and this year itís amazing to see someone who you think is like, ďOh, sheís Sal and sheís great and Sal, she knows what sheís doing, and she turned it up.Ē

I think she did a movie in the off-season. What was the name of the movie, Sal?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, I Will Follow, thank you.

Colin Ferguson: I Will Follow, which did amazingly, and the amount of confidence and presence and sheís added sort of this improvising aspect to her work right now, which was never really a part of what she would do.

She would all of a sudden this year itís like, ďIím going to say this. Iím going to go over here. Iím going to do this,Ē and itís like, ďOh, my God,Ē and itís amazing to see all of this in her own way, add little bits to our repertoire as we go through things. Itís really encouraging.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, and Colin...


Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...has always had that, which is an amazing talent, that he can come up with the line right there and change this and do that, and it just happens so naturally. And thatís something I was always afraid of and Colin has never been afraid to be big and go there and try anything, and Iíve had to learn that and heÖ


Colin Ferguson: Well, I donít know my lines half the time anyway, so if Iím making them up thatÖ


Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, thatís how you do it, okay.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah. Itís an intense lack of prep, letís procrastinate a little bit more. No, I would say for me, itís really interesting. It is something that you can mark the passage of time by because it has been six years and who you were six years ago and who you are now, theyíre very different people.

I have a respect for my body that I didnít before. I really try to not damage it so much. And that may seem just like, ďOh, heís getting old,Ē but itís more - itís sort of respect and I have more respect for, God, I guess life and emotion and all sorts of things that I didnít have before. I was sort of all about work before. And just the difficulty, this is not a fun answer, but the difficulty of shooting and the trauma and the tragedy of not being around those that you love, while you are doing 14 hours a day for five months in a row.

Sal has two kids, and the - we look to each other to sort of pull each other through and you end up having a huge respect for relationships and stuff like that...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: ...and that wasnít there for me. I respected it, but not in the way that I do now. I really think theyíre special.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, great. And lastly, whatís something that people for both of you that people would be surprised to know about you?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I play golf. On my time off I play golf every day. Iím a big golfer.

Jamie Ruby: Okay.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: That always seems to surprise people. Theyíre like, ďReally, you donít look like a golfer.Ē But - so there you go, thatís all I can think of.

Jamie Ruby: Okay.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, I guess people - Iím shy, in my own way and I think...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Really?

Colin Ferguson: ...when people get to know me - Iím brash and Iím all sorts of things, and thereís this one side of me which is very out there, but people who know me know me as someone whoís quite different. I mean, thatís always sort of strange for them when they go, ďOh, wow, heís actually quite shy.Ē

Jamie Ruby: Well, Iím surprised to know that. So, all right, thank you guys so much.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Iím surprised to know that too.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah. Thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from Erin Willard, from SciFi Mafia. Please proceed.

Erin Willard: Hi. Itís really terrific that youíre both on the call today. Iíve been a big fan...

Colin Ferguson: Thank you.

Erin Willard: ...of the show since the pilot. I am sorry, I came into the call late. I was on the Warehouse 13 call that we before this and, Grayson - yeah. You know, Graysonís going to be on Warehouse 13 Episode 5, thatís whatÖ


Colin Ferguson: Oh, perfect.

Erin Willard: Yes. So, I apologize if youíve gone over this but, Colin, I wanted to confirm that you were going to be a Comic-Con this year and not in some Eastern European country like you were a couple years ago.

Colin Ferguson: Yes, Sal and I both are going to be there. I...


Erin Willard: Great. Last yearsí panel were so much fun to watch, everybody seemed to be getting along so great and the friendship between the two of you is clear. Itís a treat to watch as a fan. So, do you enjoy being on the panel?

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, I look forward to it every year. Itís amazing. And I think weíre going to be in the big ballroom this year, Colin.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, really?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yes.

Colin Ferguson: Holy smokes. Thatís going to - how many people does that take, because we had the other one that was like 4000. The ballroomís got to be more than that.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yes...

Erin Willard: Yes.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...I heard that weíre going to be in the big ballroom. Itís just amazing to go this thing and youíre seeing 4000 plus people there and people sitting on the sides and people who couldnít get in. Itís an amazing feeling walking on that. And itís always fun when youíre there and you get to see one of the episodes with them.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah. I did WonderCon in San Francisco the year we premiered with Andy. We went up and we had this ballroom and there were ten people in the audience, five of them were just saving a seat for the next people that were coming in after us.

And so, to go from that where we were like, ďAll right, any questions? Any questions? Any - no, none yet? Okay, no worries. So, the show,Ē and youíre sort of waffling and trying to just fill space. And to go from that to the big ballroom at Comic-Con is - I mean itís great. I really want to go out on top with this, so I feel weíre pretty close to it.

And what do you feel, Sal? What do you want to call it a day?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: You know, itís such a hard thing. I canít see it going on. You know, I donít think weíre going to be there for 15 years...

Colin Ferguson: Right.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...but I think that maybe one more after this. I donít know.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: But I didnít think Iíd be here this long, but...

Colin Ferguson: No, exactly. Itís not in our court at all. Itís always the network, but itís been so great and itís been such a special experience for us and now that weíre doing the main ballroom at Comic-Con itís really nice. Itís been a great journey and there are a lot of really good memories for us, and thatís...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: ...going to be one of them.

Erin Willard: Well, Ballroom 20 is where you definitely belong and it will be a treat and itíll be packed, Iím certain of it. Do you have any details about anything besides the fact that itís going to be in Ballroom 20? Do you know about the clips or whoís going to be there?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I donít...

Colin Ferguson: Just Sal...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Is it just me? I donít know. Whoís going? Do you know?

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, itís you, me, and Grayson.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Okay. Well, there you go.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, and I know weíre doing obviously the party that night and weíre flying out on the Friday, I believe, and we will be coming back on the Sunday. Have you booked your flight, Sal?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: No, they were just calling me about it.

Colin Ferguson: Well, youíve got to get on it because thereís only one direct from San Diego, itís Air Canada.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I know. I know. I heard.

Erin Willard: Well, I canít wait. I canít wait. Itís going to be great and Iíll see you in a couple of weeks then.

Colin Ferguson: Okay, absolutely.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Okay, good. See you there.

Operator: We have a follow-up question from Brandon Sites from

Brandon Sites: Thank you. My question is, what would you consider to be your definitive episode of Eureka?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Oh, thatís a good one.

Colin Ferguson: I think that there are a bunch of episodes that meant different things at different times for us, and I definitely clock them that way. I mean, theyíre - Iíll talk as you think, Sal.

I remember when a good friend of mind, Johanna Stokes wrote, wow what was that called, it was Game, something about Game. It was like first or second season, and when a friend of yours writes an episodes thatís a great thing. I remember the first time Salli directed, thatís a big thing. I remember the first time I directed, which was, Your Face or Mine. It was a smaller episode and that was a huge thing for me.

So, thereís these more in point episodes all the way through, which sort of mean the world to us, as people - like the first one that (Alexandria) directed, we fought really hard for our script supervisor to get an episode to direct. She directed A Dead Zone before and is really one of the people who held the show together when it was going through rough times.

It was, (Lexi) and myself a lot of times, fighting for the best work that we could get. And for her to be rewarded and respected by getting an episode was absolutely huge for us as a cast. It felt like weíd had a big victor, and she could (unintelligible) amazing job.

So - and hers is this season. Hers is the bank episode...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Right, thatís why Iím so - itís hard to think of them because I donít know what youíve seen, you know?

Colin Ferguson: Right. Yeah, hers is the bank episode. I donít remember what the - her episode is the episode that has to do with the poster.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yes, which might be a very Eureka - I mean, I...

Colin Ferguson: Those...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ...canít think of one in particular. I think when we find the ones that really have that middle ground of the comedy, that banter back and forth comedy that we have, and then they throw in some of the Syfy that that is a real Eureka episode for me.

Thereís oneís you just read and you just go, ďOkay, that is so Eureka,Ē with the comedy and a little bit of the danger. But, I can never remember exact ones.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, so thatís why it sort of goes for us because we are a family. We spend 14 hours a day together and, five, six days a week, a lot of the time, and so when someone get a huge bump itís huge for us. Itíd be like this year, (Ian), who is - oh, he was pulling (focus), he was second camera, heís now our operator, and it was huge for us.

And (Herby), when he went from being - when he went to doing - when he (starting pulling focus), it was huge for us when people get promotions, and thatís the sort of stuff that really makes it for us.

Brandon Sites: Okay, well, I want to thank you once again for taking my - for taking our call. Thank you.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Thank you.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, thanks.

Operator: We have a follow-up question from Jamie Ruby from Please proceed.

Jamie Ruby: Hello again, still Tweeting.

Colin Ferguson: Hello, Jamie Ruby.

Jamie Ruby: So, you guys obviously seem like you have so much fun. Could you talk about like something really funny thatís happened on set, maybe like a prank that someoneís played or, you know, just something thatís happened?

Colin Ferguson: We canít really - we do little things with each other and sort of mess with each other a little bit, but we take it so we donít have a lot of time to get done what we have to get done...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah.

Colin Ferguson: I mean the pranks are such, where like if we were doing a serious scene and somebody pulled a prank and make us wreck a take, I mean as much as we have a ton of fun, you definitely have a look on everybodyís face of like, ďReally? You know, that was - was that really necessary?Ē

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Yeah, there - I mean, we have fun. Some - I mean if the scene is funny and you feel like you have it, like Iím very safe with any jokes. I think the person can handle me making a face to them off camera during the scene.

Colin Ferguson: Right.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: And then, you know, Colin will look and look at me and laugh and go, ďWhat are you doing,Ē or - because youíll do that to me too, but nobody does that...

Colin Ferguson: Yeah.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: ... if thereís something serious, and you said, most of the time we are in a hurry and you donít have time for jokes. We just want to do the best work we can and we only have another 15 minutes. So, jokes are not - pranks - you can do pranks on a feature, not on a TV show.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, most of our jokes, there are a tons of jokes on set, but theyíre all when weíre not shooting. Theyíre all...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Right.

Colin Ferguson: ... like making fun of each other in between the take and the director yells, ďCut,Ē and then all of a sudden weíre making fun of what each other did in the scene and it was like, ďWow, really?Ē Heís like, ďYeah, Iíll fix that in the next one. That didnít work out very well.Ē You know, we do a lot of stuff like that.

I remember Jaimeís a big prank player. In the pilot, I believe. Was it the pilot where he was inside...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: He jumped out of a box.

Colin Ferguson: Yeah, scared the living hell out of me. Scared the living hell out of my, but thatís, again, the pilot where you have twice as much time to shoot the same amount of footage, so you have latitude to sort of, you know, play jokes on each other.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, and Matt Hastings loves to add some funny lines in, but itíll always be - heís one of our executive producers and directs a lot of our episodes, but itís pretty much like once you have the takes heíll go, ďOne more take,Ē and then heíll add in a funny line thatíll surprise someone. But, itís always after you got what you needed.

Colin Ferguson: No, no, and that was the most boring stuff ever because we donít have any pranks on the set.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: I know where theÖ


Colin Ferguson: Too bad.

Jamie Ruby: All right. Now for both of you, what would be your ultimate dream role, or is there maybe somebody specific you want to work with that you havenít?

Colin Ferguson: Oh, wow.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: A dream role? Colin, youíre going to laugh at me - just recently I was able to do this performance honoring Halle Berry for someone - for the Genesee Foundation and I performed as Lena Horne. And thatís something Iím working on trying to make happen and would be my ultimate dream, because I loved her as an icon and I loved to sing and I always loved her musicals, so thatís also why Iíve been pushing our show.

I donít know how Colin feels about this, but I would love to do a musical Eureka. Iíve always - and I keep getting Tweeted about it too. People are like,, ďWhen are you going to do a musical?Ē I would love to do that.

Colin Ferguson: Salli has an amazing singing voice. Like, when she got this job...

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Colin has a - Colin is a great singer too.

Colin Ferguson: I do not. You canít - no, no, there are different levels of singing, right? There are people who can like, you know, with enough work I can hold a tune, and thatís about where Iím at, with enough work I can hold a tune. Salli has a fantastic singing voice. I mean, huge range, which sheÖ


Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, weíll sound really good in the studio. Thatís all that counts.

Colin Ferguson: Oh, that would be great. A musical would be fine.

Jamie Ruby: Well, what about your dream role, Colin?

Colin Ferguson: What about me what?

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Your dream role?

Jamie Ruby: What...

Colin Ferguson: My dream role? Iíd really like to do something where I conceived of it, shot it, maybe acted in it, and then edited it. Itís - coming from TV where we, out of necessity we have to move so quickly, itíd be really nice to move slower and take some time or something and really sort of hone it.

So, it doesnít really matter what it is, as long as it was with friends. I really want to work with my friends at this point doing stuff that I want to do. I think a lot of actors feel that way these days, particularly with the Canon 5D being so comparable to, you know, the F23, Viper, or the Genesis or all the different cameras that we use. In fact, weíre using the 5D more and more and more and thatís a cheap camera that you can get from the - a (consumer) line anywhere in the country.

I think that with the technology finally getting to the place where anybody with a story can tell it, itís a really exciting time to be someone who wants to tell a story. So, Iíd like to do something like that I think and see where I fall on my face there.

Jamie Ruby: Okay. Well, I hope you donít fall on your face, but okay. Thanks.

Colin Ferguson: Well, at least really itís like Iím fine with that. I just want to like, ďOh, thatís where I sucked.Ē Itís like, ďOkay, I can fix that,Ē you know?

Jamie Ruby: All right. Thank you.

Operator: Ms. Liggins, there are no further questions at this time.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the conference call for today...

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