Haven (TV series)
|Based on||The Colorado Kid
by Stephen King
|Developed by||Sam Ernst
|Theme music composer||Andre Fratto
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||51 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Laszlo Barna
|Producer(s)||Charles Ardai (consulting)
Ginny Jones Duzak (line)
|Location(s)||Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Entertainment One
Big Motion Pictures Productions
Piller Segan Shepherd
Universal Networks International
|Distributor||Entertainment One International|
|Original run||July 9, 2010– present|
Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. 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. The series was the first property to be produced for Syfy Pay channels around the globe, excluding Canada and Scandinavia. On October 12, 2011, it was renewed for a third 13-episode season, which began airing on September 21, 2012. On November 9, 2012, it was renewed for a fourth 13-episode season.
When FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) arrives in 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.
Parker begins to realize that her arrival in Haven may have been planned 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 Nathan Wuornos find themselves frequently facing problems caused by both the effects of the Troubles, as well as town folk who take more drastic measures against those who are Troubled.
- Emily Rose as Audrey Parker, the show's protagonist. Though originally believing she is an FBI special agent who quit the bureau to help deal with the Troubles, she eventually discovers that the truth is more complicated than she ever imagined.
- Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos, of Haven PD. He assists Audrey in dealing with the Troubles. He is afflicted with a Trouble that has removed his sense of touch.
- Eric Balfour as Duke Crocker, the port town's smuggler, who is frequently involved in the investigations. He is eventually revealed to have the power to stop individual Troubles for good, though at a very heavy price.
- Nicholas Campbell as Garland Wuornos (Season 1), Haven's hard-nosed chief of police, a veteran of The Troubles and Nathan's father.
- Richard Donat as Vince Teagues, artist and editor of the Haven Herald along with his brother Dave Teagues. He is the leader of The Guard, a group that wants protect people inflicted with the Troubles in any way.
- John Dunsworth as Dave Teagues, photographer and editor of the Haven Herald along with his brother Vince Teagues.
- Adam "Edge" Copeland as Dwight Hendrickson (Seasons 3 onwards; guest star Season 2), who helps clean up the effects of the Troubles. He is himself Troubled (attracting bullets).
- Maurice Dean Wint as Agent Byron Howard (Seasons 1–3), introduced as an FBI agent, but revealed as an entity associated with the Barn.
- Stephen McHattie as Ed Driscoll (Seasons 1–2), Haven's preacher with an unsympathetic approach to the Troubles.
- Vinessa Antoine as Evi Ryan (Season 2), Duke Crocker's ex-wife, who re-emerges claiming she wants to be a part of his life.
- Bree Williamson as Claire Callahan (Season 3), Haven's resident shrink who is described as a mental cleaner.
- Kate Kelton as Jordan McKee (Seasons 3–4), a Troubled woman who works in the Guard and is described as a 'human taser'.
- Dorian Missick as Tommy Bowen (Season 3), a rookie cop from Boston.
- Colin Ferguson as William (Season 4), a stranger whose secret agenda leads him to Audrey.
- Emma Lahana as Jennifer Mason (Season 4), a woman who believes she is schizophrenic, hearing voices in her head. She discovers she is Troubled and the voices are from those trapped in the Barn.
- Christian Camargo as Wade Crocker (Season 4), Duke's estranged brother.
Development and production
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.
In September 2009, E1 Entertainment announced it was working with Stephen King to develop a television series based on his novel The Colorado Kid. The entertainment company ordered the concept straight to series, with thirteen episodes planned. In November, Syfy announced it had acquired the series.
The pilot episode was written by Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn. In February 2010, Emily Rose was cast in the lead role of Audrey Parker. Eric Balfour and Lucas Bryant came on board in late March. Canadian broadcaster Canwest Global Communications acquired rights to the series in March as well.
In April 2010, Adam Kane signed on to direct the pilot. Production began April 20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and surrounding areas. Filming occurred primarily in Chester, Nova Scotia (including using the local arena as a studio) and throughout the south shore of the Canadian province, including Lunenburg, Halifax, and Mahone Bay.
The series premiere, "Welcome to Haven", aired on Syfy in the U.S. on July 9, 2010, and on Showcase in Canada on July 12. The show became available to other international markets in October 2010.
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", while USA Today's Robert Bianco called it a "ludicrously see-through supernatural crime drama that wastes a perfectly fine performance from Emily Rose".
References to other works
Allusions to the written works of author Stephen King are made in the series regularly; the series itself is based upon King's novella The Colorado Kid. 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. Other references abound: one of the main characters receives a copy of a novel written by a character from King's novel, Misery, while another character has just been released from Shawshank Prison. In some cases the plot of an episode revolves around an idea from the work of King: a character who has precognitive, psychometric visions after touching people or things; or plants that start killing people. 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.
Syfy notes, "It is a particular favorite Stephen King book for the Haven writers and producers". 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 book. 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. Also during season 3 Vince and Dave reveal that 'Audrey' returns every 27 years just like the monster from "It".
Home video release
|Season||Set details||DVD release dates||Special Features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
||June 14, 2011||June 1, 2011||
||September 4, 2012||May 16, 2012||
||September 3, 2013||September 30, 2013(UK)||May 15, 2013||
In Region B, Entertainment One released the first season on Blu-ray Disc on September 14, 2011
Haven has been sold for broadcast in several countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
|Australia||13th Street Universal||October 13, 2010||Wednesday 8:30pm|
|Australia||ABC2||November 7, 2011||8:30pm|
|Canada||Showcase||July 12, 2010|
|Denmark||Canal 9||April 13, 2011|
|Denmark||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|
|Hungary||Universal Channel||January 5, 2011|
|India||Zee Café||March 20, 2012||Weekdays, 10:00pm|
|Italy||Syfy (Steel), Rai 4 (encores)||October 18, 2010||Weekdays, 9:00pm|
|Japan||Universal Channel||Fall 2010|
|Norway||NRK3||September 8, 2011||Thursday, 10:55pm|
|New Zealand||TV2||February 9, 2012||Wednesday, 10:30pm|
|Serbia||Radio Television of Serbia||January 17, 2013||Weekdays, 23:35pm|
|South Africa||DStv Universal Channel||October 17, 2010||Sunday, 20:00pm|
|Spain||Syfy Universal (Spain)||October 21, 2010||Thursday, 9:30pm|
|Sri Lanka||Zee Cafe||March 20, 2012||Weekdays, 10:00pm|
|United Kingdom||Syfy||Autumn 2010|
|United States||Syfy||July 9, 2010|
|Turkey||Universal Channel||12 May 2011|
|Venezuela||Syfy LA||Monday, 7:30pm|
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