TV: Sci Fi Channel Updates: ‘Hellhounds’ Casting, ‘Warehouse 13′ Greenlit

A double dose of Sci-Fi Channel updates this morning as Amanda Brooks (Dragon Wars: D-Wa) will star in Sci Fi Channel telepic HELLHOUNDS, directed by Rick Schroder. The movie, set in 500 B.C., also stars Scott Elrod as Kleitos, a Greek warrior who with his companions fights against the hellhounds of Hades to rescue his bride from the Underworld and bring her back to life. In addition, THR writes that the Sci-Fi Channel has given a series pickup to WAREHOUSE 13, an hourlong dramedy that’s described as part “X-Files,” part “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and part “Moonlighting.” Read on for the skinny.Sci Fi Channel has given a series pickup to “Warehouse 13.”

The hourlong dramedy, from Universal Cable Studios, is described as part “X-Files,” part “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and part “Moonlighting.”

It revolves around two FBI agents — rule-bender Peter (Eddie McClintock) and by-the-book Myka (Joanne Kelly) — who, after saving the life of the U.S. president, are relocated to Warehouse 13, a location that houses supernatural objects the government has collected over the centuries.

The cable channel originally ordered a two-hour pilot of the project, written by “Farscape” creator Rockne O’Bannon, “Battlestar Galactica” co-exec producer Jane Espenson and D. Brent Mote.

“13” is one of three two-hour pilots commissioned by Sci Fi in the past year, along with the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel “Caprica” and “Revolution.” “Caprica” and “Revolution” are said to still be in contention for a series pickup.

The order for “13” also comes on the heels of Sci Fi’s greenlighting a new “Stargate” series, “Stargate: Universe,” last month.