More than a month after the show’s fourth season wrapped it run, Syfy has renewed Haven for a fifth season. The drama, which is a co-production with Showcase and Universal Networks International, has been picked up for 26 episodes in season five, double the episode order for the show’s past four seasons. The first 13 episodes of season five will premiere on Syfy this Fall, while the second 13 will follow in 2015.
Based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, Haven tells the story of Audrey Parker, an FBI agent who comes to the idyllic town of Haven, Maine on assignment only to discover a personal connection to the town through her long lost mother. Audrey opts to stay in Haven to investigate ‘The Troubles’, a series of paranormal events that have previously struck the town and have suddenly started up again. The drama series is produced by Entertainment One and stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. Production on season five is slated to commence this Spring on location in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The pick up of the supersized fifth season – which is the largest episode order that Syfy has ever handed out to an original series – comes after the show’s fourth season, which wrapped its run in December, posted year-to-year ratings growth compared to season three. The show’s fourth season averaged 2.3 million viewers and was up 11% in the Adults 18-34 demo and 3% in the Adults 18-49 demo. The renewals also comes down when Syfy is undergoing something of a creative renewal, with the pick up of grittier dramas such as Helix and Dominion and moving away from the dramedy type series such as Warehouse 13 and Eureka which had defined the network’s original output for the past few years.