(L-R): Dr. Vanessa Calder (Lindsay Wagner), Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), and Hugo Miller (Rene Auberjonois) in Warehouse 13's "Love Sick"
Warehouse 13 fans can expect a triple sci-fi treat when Lindsay Wagner and Rene Auberjonois reprise their roles on the series in next week’s third season episode “Love Sick,” airing Monday, July 25 at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. They are joined by Sasha Roiz (Sam Adama on Caprica), who guest-stars as the mysterious and sinister Marcus Diamond.
Wagner returns as Dr. Vanessa Calder, the in-house Warehouse physician responsible for the health and well-being of the team, and who also has a romantic connection with Artie (Saul Rubinek). Best known for her starring role as Jaime Sommers in the original '70s The Bionic Woman TV series, the actress previously guest-starred in the season two Warehouse 13 episodes, “For the Team” and “Buried.”
Having played Security Chief Odo for seven years on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Auberjonois made his Warehouse 13 debut as Hugo Miller in season two’s “13.1.” A former Warehouse agent and computer genius, Hugo accidentally ended up with half his psyche trapped inside the Warehouse’s computer system. Our heroes were eventually able to help him take back the missing half of his psyche, making Hugo’s mind whole again. In “Love Sick” Artie and Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) call on him for help with a life-threatening situation.
Given their years in the profession as well as long and distinguished list of credits, it is no surprise that Wagner and Auberjonois were eventually welcomed into the world of Warehouse 13.
“Their names were among those brought up by casting when we were looking to cast certain characters,” explains show runner/executive producer Jack Kenny. “With the Warehouse doctor, that was a character that we would see again and again, and we liked the notion that Artie had a crush on Dr. Calder in an unrequited love type of way. So we get to see how that plays out a little bit, and Lindsay is wonderful.
“Besides acting, Lindsay is also really involved in holistic medicine and runs workshops in that as well as related disciplines, so we brought a bit of that into her character. Lindsay brings a true grounding element to the show. She plays the doctor and everyone wants to trust the doctor and feel like they’re safe and taken care of. Lindsay really brings a sense of motherhood to the role as well as that sense of a strong woman who is looking after everybody, and I love that.
“With Rene, he was such a great addition last year as an old Warehouse agent. He’s a terrific actor and we wanted to see more of him, so we kept coming up with reasons that we could bring him back to the show. Rene and Lindsay are both a joy to work with, and Rene and I have become good friends. He actually taught at Julliard Theatre Center during the first few years of its inception and I went to Julliard a few years after that, so we have that connection to dish about.
“Rene is such a warm, fun and knowledgeable human being and a fascinating guy to talk to on every level. He throws himself with complete joy into everything he does. I remember one of Rene’s first scenes last year in '13.1' where he was skipping around a fountain as kind of a kooky old man and it was wonderful.”