Eureka creator Jaime Paglia tells the VIP Fan Blog that assembling the cast of Eureka – especially the lead characters – may have been his greatest challenge during the series’ five seasons. One character he had no trouble casting, however, was Sheriff Jack Carter.

“Colin Ferguson came in on day two of casting – I saw him and knew he was the guy,” Paglia says. “No one else had Colin’s balance of drama and comedy skills. Plus he looked like Steve McQueen.  He was the whole package.”

(For an opportunity to own the screen-used badge Ferguson wore as Sheriff Carter, click here and read more below.)

“If you don’t have the right actors, you don’t have a show,” Paglia adds. “We found the perfect people for every role and they have been a joy to work with.  They owned their characters.”

Of course, saying goodbye to a character is no picnic either.

“Deciding to kill a character is a huge decision,” says Paglia. “Losing Nathan Stark in Season Three was big, but it seemed like the right time to shake things up and let the audience see that there are real stakes in this show.  The time-line shift in Season Four was another big leap of faith, but we were so excited by the impact it would have on the characters and stories it would allow us to tell, we had to do it.  And it was great that the audience responded so positively.”

Sheriff Carter’s screen-worn badge is now on the auction block at VIP Fan Auctions. The winning bidder will also receive the sheriff’s “J. Carter” name tag, a mirror image name tag, a pair of Town of Eureka Sheriff patches and a Eureka Sheriff notepad – all used during multiple episodes of the series. Click here for more details or to place your bid.

For additional Eureka props and wardrobe items, click here. And don’t forget to keep visiting the VIP Fan Blog for more of our exclusive interview with Eureka creator Jaime Paglia!