Haven (TV series)

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Genre Supernatural drama
Based on The Colorado Kid 
by Stephen King
Developed by Sam Ernst
Jim Dunn
Starring Emily Rose
Lucas Bryant
Nicholas Campbell
Eric Balfour
Theme music composer Andre Fratto
Leah Siegel
Composer(s) Shawn Pierce
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Laszlo Barna
Jim Dunn
Sam Ernst
Noreen Halpern
Matt McGuinness
David MacLeod
John Morayniss
Shawn Piller
Michael Rosenberg
Lloyd Segan
Scott Shepherd
Producer(s) Charles Ardai (consulting)
Stefanie Deoul
Ginny Jones Duzak (line)
Editor(s) Debbie Berman
Location(s) Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cinematography Eric Cayla
Camera setup single
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Entertainment One
Big Motion Pictures Productions
Piller Segan Shepherd
Shaw Media
Universal Networks International
Distributor Entertainment One International
Original channel Syfy
Original run July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09) – present
External links

Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid (2005). The show, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in Maine named Haven, is filmed on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, and is an American/Canadian co-production. It stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour, whose characters struggle to help townspeople with supernatural afflictions and protect the town from the effects of those afflictions. The show is the creation of writers Jim Dunn and Sam Ernst.

The one-hour drama premiered on July 9, 2010, on Syfy.[1] The series was the first property to be produced for Syfy Pay channels around the globe, excluding Canada and Scandinavia.[2] On October 12, 2011, it was renewed for a third 13-episode season, which began airing on September 21, 2012.[3][4] On November 9, 2012, it was renewed for a fourth 13-episode season.[5] On January 28, 2014, the show was renewed for a split 26-episode fifth season. The first half will be aired in 2014 with the second half in 2015.[6]


Main article: The Troubles (Haven)

When FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) is dispatched to the small town of Haven, Maine, on a routine case, she soon finds herself increasingly involved in the return of "The Troubles", a plague of supernatural afflictions that have occurred in the town at least twice before. With an openness to the possibility of the paranormal, she also finds a more personal link in Haven that may lead her to the mother she has never known.

Over time, Parker, who has quit the FBI to join the Haven Police Department, begins to realize that her arrival in Haven may have been pre-arranged and that her name and even her memories may not be her own. As the series progresses, she learns more about the mysteries of both Haven and her true identity.

She and her partner, police detective Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), find themselves frequently facing problems caused by both the effects of the Troubles, as well as the activities of town folk who take more drastic measures against those who are Troubled.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Emily Rose Audrey Parker Main
Lucas Bryant Nathan Wuornos Main
Eric Balfour Duke Crocker Main
Nicholas Campbell Garland Wuornos Main Guest  

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Richard Donat Vince Teagues Recurring
John Dunsworth Dave Teagues Recurring
Maurice Dean Wint Agent Byron Howard Guest Recurring  
Stephen McHattie Ed Driscoll Guest Recurring  
Mary-Colin Chisholm Eleanor Carr Recurring  
Michelle Montieth Julia Carr Recurring  
Anne Caillon Jess Minnion Recurring  
Vinessa Antoine Evidence Ryan   Recurring  
Jason Priestley Chris Brody   Recurring   Guest
Kathleen Munroe Audrey Parker #2   Recurring  
Adam Copeland Dwight Hendrickson   Guest Recurring
Bree Williamson Claire Callahan   Recurring  
Dorian Missick Tommy Bowen   Recurring  
Kate Kelton Jordan McKee   Recurring  
Colin Ferguson William   Recurring
Emma Lahana Jennifer Mason   Recurring  
Christian Camargo Wade Crocker   Recurring  
Jayne Eastwood Gloria Verrano   Recurring
Laura Mennell Charlotte Cross   Recurring

Development and production[edit]

Haven was originally developed for ABC Television in 2007 by writers Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, with production company Piller Segan. A series of incidents, including the writers' strike, put the series on hold. ABC eventually passed on the project. Piller Segan then sought to create an international partnership.[citation needed]

View of Lunenburg. The shoreline can be seen in various Haven episodes.

In September 2009, E1 Entertainment announced it was working with Stephen King to develop a television series based on his novel The Colorado Kid (2005). The entertainment company ordered the concept straight to series, with thirteen episodes planned.[7] In November, Syfy announced it had acquired the series.[8]

Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn wrote the pilot episode. In February 2010, Emily Rose was cast in the lead role of Audrey Parker.[9] Eric Balfour and Lucas Bryant came on board in late March.[10] Canadian broadcaster Canwest Global Communications acquired rights to the series in March as well.[11]

In April 2010, Adam Kane signed on to direct the pilot.[12] Production began April 20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and surrounding areas.[13] Filming occurred primarily in Chester, Nova Scotia (including using the local arena as a studio[14]) and throughout the south shore of the Canadian province, including Lunenburg,[15] Halifax, and Mahone Bay.[citation needed]

The series premiere, "Welcome to Haven", aired on Syfy in the U.S. on July 9, 2010,[16] and on Showcase in Canada on July 12.[17] The show became available to other international markets in October 2010.[2]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09) October 8, 2010 (2010-10-08)
2 13 July 15, 2011 (2011-07-15) December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)
3 13 September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21) January 17, 2013 (2013-01-17)
4 13 September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) December 13, 2013 (2013-12-13)
5 26 13 September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11) December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05)
13 2015[18] TBA


Haven premiered to mixed reviews from critics, with its first season attaining a metascore of 53 (out of 100) according to review aggregator Metacritic. The Miami Herald '​s Glenn Garvin found it "quite successful" as a "narrative of eccentric, slightly damaged yet ultimately warm characters",[19] while USA Today '​s Robert Bianco called it a "ludicrously see-through supernatural crime drama that wastes a perfectly fine performance from Emily Rose".[20]

References to other works[edit]

Allusions to the written works of author Stephen King are made in the series regularly;[21] the series itself is based upon King's novella The Colorado Kid (2005). On Syfy.com's Haven website, many of these references are pointed out as they occur in each episode. For example, Derry and the titular Haven are both fictional towns in Maine previously used in the author's stories.[22][23] Other references abound: one of the main characters receives a copy of a novel written by a character from King's novel, Misery (1987),[24] while another character has just been released from Shawshank Prison.[24] In some cases the plot of an episode revolves around an idea from King's works: a character who has precognitive, psychometric visions after touching people or things;[25] or plants that start killing people.[26] Many other, less noticeable, references occur in the form of street names, characters, and scenes reminiscent of either books by King or films based upon said works.[citation needed]

Syfy notes, "It is a particular favorite Stephen King book for the Haven writers and producers".[22] For example, in "A Tale of Two Audreys", a little boy in a yellow rain slicker is seen outside the church chasing a newspaper boat that he has set in the stream in the gutter. He chases until it falls down into a stormdrain on Witcham Street. He then sticks his right arm down into the drain and screams. The scene can be found in the opening chapter of the 1986 book.[27] Also derived from It, the episode "Fear and Loathing" revolves around a troubled person who (unwillingly) takes the form of a person's worst fear, and in one instance appears as a clown, a visual allusion to Pennywise of the film version of It (1990).[28] Also during season 3 Vince and Dave reveal that Audrey returns every 27 years just like the monster from It. In the opening sequence, there is reference to "the most Revered Flagg" (Flagg being the antagonist from The Stand (1978)).

Home media releases[edit]


Season Set details DVD release dates Special Features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
June 14, 2011[29]

June 1, 2011 (FR)[30]
June 14, 2011 (NL)[31]
September 30, 2011 (DE)[32]
November 2, 2011 (NO)[33]
November 22, 2011 (DK)[34]
November 23, 2011 (SE)[35]
January 30, 2012 (UK)[36]

June 1, 2011[37]
  • Twelve audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • "Welcome to Haven" featurette
  • "Visual FX of Haven" featurette
  • "Mythology of Haven" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes video blogs
  • Additional cast interviews
  • Season two sneak peek: "Inside the Writers' Room"
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
September 4, 2012[38]

March 13, 2012 (FR)[39]
March 30, 2012 (DE)[40]
August 8, 2012 (NL)[41]
October 1, 2012 (UK)[42]
November 21, 2012 (SE)[43]
November 21, 2012 (DK)[44]
May 22, 2013 (NO)[45]

May 16, 2012[46]
  • Ten audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • "Silent Night" Christmas episode
  • Six making-of featurettes
  • Five behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Interview with Adam Copeland
  • Haven panel at New York Comic Con
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
September 3, 2013 September 30, 2013 (UK)[47] May 15, 2013[48]
  • "The Haunting Truth about Haven: A Documentary"
  • Six audio commentaries with the writers
  • "Escape to Haven" webisode series
  • Haven panel at New York Comic Con
  • Deleted/alternate scenes
  • Interviews with the cast and guest stars
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Blooper reel
  • Haven: After the Storm comic
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
August 26, 2014 October 14, 2014
  • Thirteen "Inside Haven" featurettes
  • "Darkside Seekers" webisode series
  • Six audio commentaries with the writers
  • Panel highlights from San Diego Comic Con, Nerd HQ and New York Comic Con
  • Three interviews with the cast
  • Pancakes: The Morning After deleted scene
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Blooper reel
  • Haven: In the Beginning comic

Blu-ray disc[edit]

In Region A, Entertainment One released the first season on Blu-ray Disc on June 14, 2011, and the second season on September 4, 2012.

In Region B, Entertainment One released the first season on Blu-ray Disc on September 14, 2011.[31]

International broadcasts[edit]

Haven has been sold for broadcast in several countries worldwide, including Australia,[49][50] Canada,[51] Denmark,[52] France,[53] Germany,[54] Hungary,[55] Italy,[56] Japan,[57] Portugal,[58] South Africa,[59] Spain,[60] Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom,[61] and the United States.

Country/Region Channel Premiere date Timeslot
 Australia 13th Street Universal October 13, 2010 Wednesday 8:30pm
ABC2 November 7, 2011 8:30pm
Syfy January 1, 2014 Weekdays 2:30pm
 Canada Showcase July 12, 2010
 Denmark Canal 9 April 13, 2011
DR 3 August 2013
 Finland Yle TV2 October 25, 2012 Thursday, 10:05pm
 France Syfy October 26, 2010 Tuesday, 8:45pm (2 Episodes)
 Germany Syfy October 8, 2010
 Greece Universal Channel 2011
 Hungary Universal Channel January 5, 2011
 India Zee Café[62] March 20, 2012 Weekdays, 10:00pm
 Italy Syfy (Steel), Rai 4 (encores) October 18, 2010 Weekdays, 9:00pm
 Japan Universal Channel Fall 2010
 Netherlands Syfy Spring 2011
 Norway NRK3 September 8, 2011 Thursday, 10:55pm
 New Zealand TV2 February 9, 2012 Wednesday, 10:30pm
 Poland Scifi Fall 2010
 Portugal Syfy Fall 2010
Serbia Serbia Radio Television of Serbia January 17, 2013 Weekdays, 23:35pm
South Africa South Africa DStv Universal Channel October 17, 2010 Sunday, 20:00pm
Spain Spain Syfy Universal (Spain) October 21, 2010 Thursday, 9:30pm
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Zee Cafe[62] March 20, 2012 Weekdays, 10:00pm
 United Kingdom Syfy Autumn 2010
 United States Syfy July 9, 2010 Friday, 10:00pm ET (2010-2013)
Friday, 7:00pm ET (2014-present)
 Turkey Universal Channel May 12, 2011
Venezuela Venezuela Syfy LA Monday, 7:30pm


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