Why Eureka renewal has Erica Cerra singing

It looks like Deputy Lupo will be patrolling Eureka for a long time to come: Syfy just renewed its hit series for a fourth season, right in the midst of season three, and no one is happier about the turn of events than Erica Cerra, who plays the show's tough, gun-loving cop.

"We were thrilled, and more so that it's 22 episodes," Cerra said last week in an exclusive telephone interview. "Last year they made an attempt to do 21, I believe it was, and we got cut down to 18 because of the writers' strike. So we're thrilled, and the way we found out was so much fun, getting word before the end of the season. You're usually waiting until much later [to get word of renewal or cancellation]. I love working on this show, and we have a really great cast and crew, and we've got a good thing going. It's nice."

Cerra said that she has no idea what the future will hold for Lupo, but she did drop a nugget of news that should be of interest to fans who, ahem, tune in to Eureka on a regular basis. "We're doing a musical episode—well, a two-part musical episode—next season," she said. "That will be very, very, very interesting. I have no idea what that will be about. I suppose the network and the writers feel comfortable with the fact that the cast can sing."

Laughing, Cerra added, "I know that Joe Morton has an amazing [voice]. I've heard Salli [Richardson-Whitfield] sing. Colin [Ferguson] has a fun voice. Niall [Matter], I don't think, can sing. And I don't sing. I can't, and I don't, so I'm going to have to take some singing lessons. I'm a little nervous. It's a little bit of pressure for people who don't, but I know that everyone's excited."

Eureka airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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