Colin Ferguson, who stars as Sheriff Jack Carter on the SCI FI original series Eureka, told SCI FI Wire that whenever the show comes to an end he expects that Jack will be flying solo.
"I think he's just a character who's never really going to get the whole meal," Ferguson said. "He's never going to get every flavor. He's going to get most of it, but then something's going to fail. So I think he's alone. Maybe that's a sad thing to say, but I think that's part of his makeup."
SCI FI Wire spoke to Ferguson exclusively earlier this month in New York, where the actor addressed not just Carter's fate, but also the second half of Eureka's third season, which will premiere in July. Following are edited excerpts from that conversation.
Go back to the beginning of the show. How confident were you that Eureka would catch on?
Ferguson: Oh, completely unconfident. When we shot the pilot, we'd do scenes as a drama, then we'd do them as a comedy. The powers that be didn't really know what they wanted the show to be. I think SCI FI, in some ways, or this particular administration, has sort of cut their teeth a little bit on Eureka, sort of learning what they wanted a more mainstream show to be. And so that's been an amazing thing to be a part of, because we all feel very close as we all figured out where we wanted it to go, and at the same time we've definitely had some rough patches. So, was I confident out of the gate? No. I hoped that it would go, and I'm most pleased that what we did was validated and that it's still on the air. That's a nice feeling.
Three-plus years into the show, how satisfied are you with Jack's development as a character?
Ferguson: I love it. I was just actually talking about it; it's really nice to be able to do a character for three years, where you can actually live into it a bit, breathe into it a bit and get so comfortable with it that you then take that level of comfort to the next role that you do. And you know that if doesn't feel that comfortable, you're not doing your job.
What can viewers expect to see in the second half of season three?
Ferguson: Well, at the end of season three, or at the end of season 3.4, or 3.49, Nathan [Ed Quinn] dies, and Salli [Richardson-Whitfield's] character is pregnant. So that picks up right after there, where Salli is pregnant through the whole season. One of Joe [Morton's] ... I keep using the actors' names ... One of Joe's long-lost loves comes back. My character has a love interest all the way through. And then Jordan [Hinson], my daughter, deals with "Is she going to go to college and leave Eureka or is she going to stay?" So all that stuff gets resolved.
How ready are you for a couple of more seasons of Eureka?
Ferguson: It's definitely in the cards. They tell us we were not picked up, but they say, "You're coming back." So we're coming back, although we may go on a prolonged hiatus. We may not shoot for another 11 months, potentially, sort of to get us back onto a summer schedule. We shot through winter last year. In fact, we just wrapped. And that wasn't as fun as shooting in the middle of summer. So I think they're going to move us back to summer.
Whenever the show ends, what would you like to see for Jack's final scene? What's his Holy Grail?
Ferguson: I think it's less of a Holy Grail. I think, tonally, he'd have to be alone, for whatever reason. I think he's just a character who's never really going to get the whole meal. He's never going to get every flavor. He's going to get most of it, but then something's going to fail. So I think he's alone. Maybe that's a sad thing to say, but I think that's part of his makeup.