Haven has run its course at Syfy. The NBCU owned cable network has opted not to move forward with a sixth season of the Stephen King sci-fi series starring Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour, TVWise has confirmed. The cancellation was first reported by The Wrap.
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.
The cancellation, which comes shortly before the second half of the show’s fifth season is set to debut, had not been unexpected as the ratings for Haven have been slipping in recent years. Despite the fact that the show costs Syfy relatively little (it is a three way co-pro with eOne, Universal Networks International and Shaw Media), the dwindling audience figures played a big part in the decision to end the show, as did Syfy’s burgeoning development slate.
Syfy officially pulled the trigger on a fifth season pick-up back in January 2014, with a “super-sized” 26 episode order. The size of that order – which amounted to two seasons – did not go unnoticed, with sources calling it a “shrewd, but cheap” move on the network’s part as it effectively gave them a sixth season without having to go through the rounds of cast and budget negotiations that an official sixth season order would have brought. The move led many industry observers (not to mention the show’s producers) to conclude that the fifth season would be Haven‘s last.
As showrunner Gabrielle Stanton told The Wrap: “As a fellow TV fan, there’s nothing more annoying than when a show kind of feels like it might be wrapping up, but they just don’t address it, they don’t come to any kind of satisfying conclusion I always think that’s cheating the audience a little bit, of a nice satisfying ending. So we really looked at these 13 episodes as if… If we were indeed going to end, what would be the best ending we could possibly do for Haven?”