Syfy has greenlit 26 new episodes of drama Haven, the channel said today. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015. Haven’s recently wrapped fourth season was up 11% among Adults 18-34 (314,000) and up 3% year-to-year among Adults 18-49 (926,000). Overall, Haven averaged 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 2.3 million viewers per week and ranked second in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 among original cable series in its Friday 10 PM time slot, Syfy said. Series stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour will reprise their roles in Season 5. Production is set to begin in Halifax, Nova Scotia this spring. Haven is produced by Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures in association with Piller/Segan/Shepherd and airs on Syfy in the U.S., Showcase in Canada and internationally on UNI’s multiple Syfy channels.
Fans of the Syfy supernatural drama won’t have to wait until Haven returns for a fourth season on September 13 to learn what happened right after the explosive Season 3 finale. The Season 3 DVD set of the series will include an exclusive Haven: After The Storm mini-graphic novel. With 100,000 copies printed, the 16-page comic details the immediate aftershock of the meteor-falling season ender on the mysterious town of Haven, Maine. Among other things, that finale saw FBI agent-turned-local cop Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and the Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) character disappear into a vanishing barn. The DVD set comes out on September 3, and the graphic novel won’t be available anywhere else. The “Thanks For The Memories” episode of the eOne- and Big Motion Pictures-produced series, based on Stephen King’s 2005 novella The Colorado Kid, aired on January 17. The upcoming Season 4 of Haven actually picks up six months after the events of Season 3 finale, so the graphic novel partially bridges the gap between cycles.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Eureka star Colin Ferguson is back at Syfy, joining the upcoming fourth season of the network’s drama Haven for a season-long arc. On the show, based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, Ferguson will play William, a mysterious stranger whose secret agenda leads him to FBI agent-turned-cop Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) in the small town of Haven, Maine. Season 4 of Haven, which starts production today in in Halifax, Nova Scotia, picks up six months after the devastating events of the Season 3 cliffhanger in which the town was pummeled by a violent meteor storm. Ferguson, repped by UTA and attorney Jeff Bernstein, toplined Eureka for its five-season run, playing the lovable Sheriff Jack Carter and also serving as a producer on the series in addition to directing multiple episodes. Haven, produced by Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures in association with Piller/Segan/Shepherd, averages 2.3 million viewers in its third season.
Syfy on Friday decided to pre-empt the penultimate episode of drama Haven‘s third season, which had been scheduled for that night, after the deadly shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 first-graders. Now the episode has been rescheduled, along with the show’s Season 3 finale. Here is the network’s statement:
Last Friday’s 10PM episode of Haven contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school setting and in light of the recent tragedy, we have decided to reschedule it along with the series’ season three finale, originally slated to air this Friday, December 21st at 10PM. The final two episodes of season three of Haven will now air back-to-back on Thursday, January 17th from 8-10 PM (ET/PT) to maintain the integrity of the series’ serialized nature.
The first of the programs pulled by the networks in the immediate aftermath of the tragic Friday school shooting in Connecticut has been rescheduled. The original Family Guy episode, which was slated to run last Sunday, will air this coming Sunday. Last Friday, Fox opted to preempt both Family Guy and American Dad. While I hear the American Dad episode does feature gun violence, I hear the holiday-themed edition of Family Guy does not contain violence but, in a typical Family Guy non-PC fashion, pokes fun at religion, which was deemed inappropriate for last weekend. There is no new airdate set yet for the pulled American Dad episode. Another American Dad original will air this Sunday. Last Friday’s episode of Syfy’s drama Haven, which also was pulled out of respect to the victims because it depicted violence, has been held back too, and I hear won’t air until mid-January.
The networks’ pre-emptions this past weekend also included ABC taking down briefly the Thursday winter finale of Scandal from its online player. It contained a scene of an innocent family with two small children who had been gunned down. The episode has since been restored.
UPDATE 11:30 PM: According to programming listings released this evening, Fox is replacing the original episodes of Family Guy and American Dad on Sunday to avoid airing any potentially sensitive content in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting.
PREVIOUS 4:20PM: Tonight’s scheduled 10PM episode of Haven contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school. In light of today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we have decided not to air it. At this time, no decision has been made as to when the episode will air.
Syfy has picked up drama Haven for a fourth season. Haven, based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, has received a 13-episode order for a 2013 premiere. Gabrielle Stanton (Moonlight) has been tapped to run the series with exec producer Matt McGinnis after initially serving as a consulting producer.
Haven has been a successful acquisition for Syfy as the series ranks as the No. 1 cable program among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in its Friday 10-11 PM time period (in Live+7). The current third season is averaging 2.4 million total viewers and 942,000 adults 18-49. The September 21 Season 3 premiere drew 2.8 million total viewers, a series high and up 10% from the Season 2 premiere. Haven hails from Entertainment One, which greenlighted the project straight-to-series before shopping it to Syfy. Haven also is co-commissioned by Shaw Media in Canada and globally via Universal Networks International.