PHX Comicon Presenter and ‘Eureka’ Star Colin Ferguson’s on the End to Six Years of Heroism
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 17:05
SyFy star Colin Ferguson started his career doing comedy in bars. He was a student at McGill University in Montreal just trying to pay rent.
He found television fame playing Sheriff Jack Carter on SyFy’s “Eureka,” a show about the best minds in the US building futuristic inventions for the government’s benefit.
This season marks the last for “Eureka,” and Ferguson took some time to reflect on his six years playing the sheriff who repeatedly saves the town from experiments gone wrong.
College Times: How did you end up at “Eureka”?
Colin Ferguson: It was a normal pilot season just like any other. I had come off of a sitcom. I’d been doing the network game for a bunch of years at that point, trying to get a show on the air. I went in and everybody under the sun was there. That one just went my way.
What’s the favorite part of playing your character?
Probably the length of time that I got to do it. You get a level of control and confidence with a character when you get to play them for years that you can’t really understand until you’ve done it. It really made me a better actor for the length of time that I got to do it.
What was it like to produce and direct some episodes?
I’m really well-suited for collaborating in that fashion. Being producer is great because you get to take care of people in a way. And that’s a wonderful thing to be able to do, especially with a group of people who you’ve been with for years. As a director, it’s an amazing moment where you put your money where your mouth is.
You’re favorite part of being on the show?
Growing up with my little band of brothers there. It’s like you’ve been through a war. That level of solidarity is not something you find very often, and that’s what I’ll take with me forever. That’s what has meant the most. It just made for a wonderful, wonderful work environment. I wasn’t doing it by myself. I had partners in crime.
If you could take one “Eureka” gadget with you, what would it be?
Teleportation. I love to travel. Could you imagine being able to teleport yourself to where you wanted to go? That’d be amazing. If you had stations at the airport where you just teleport through, that’d be huge.
Are you sad for the experience to end?
Yes and no. You’d think from everything that I said that I would have been in tears. I definitely have my wistful moments, but we got to make 80 episodes of television and it took six years. We were fine, and it was okay that it was over and we were grateful for the time we had.
What has been the general reaction to show ending?
Sad. This season is one of the best seasons we’ve done, and it’s sort of clear that we’re just finding our footing maturity-wise with the writers and actors all coming together. It’s too bad, but it happens. SyFy gave us hundreds of millions of dollars to make episodes. When someone does that, you sort of just have to say thank you. How do you get sour grapes over that?
Will you stick with SyFy?
I would, if they had something that they wanted me to do and I liked it. We’ve had many discussions of how my personal brand has grown with them. I know where my bread is buttered, so if we came up with a good project, I’d do it in a heartbeat.