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Emily Rose Gives a Sneak Peak Into Syfy's 'Haven'

by Bryan Reesman, posted Apr 21st 2010 5:04PM
Emily Rose of SyFy's 'Haven'Stephen King stories practically never get turned into weekly television shows. Adaptations have almost always been done as theatrical or television movies or mini-series, and only one has gone the weekly series route: 'The Dead Zone'. At least that lasted a good six seasons. The eight-episode 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes,' which was based on eight short stories, sort of counts, while the planned adaptation of the epic book 'Under The Dome' might get a 10- to 12-episode cable run. Neither of those, however, had or has long-term potential.

Set to begin shooting in April and hit the airwaves in July, Syfy's 'Haven,' inspired by the King novella 'The Colorado Kid,' aspires to become only the second King adaptation in regular TV series form. Perhaps it will generate a paradigm shift?

According to star Emily Rose, who spoke to AOL at last week's Syfy Channel Upfront, there are 13 episodes of 'Haven' planned for season one, and she hoped it might extend beyond that.

She also stressed that the series will not be a literal translation of King's tale, which she said had a frustrating lack of resolution. "I think that [certain] characters and the themes of that story are going to be embedded in this," Rose explained. "We do take the characters from that story and place them in our own world. If people are expecting this to be 'The Colorado Kid,' it's not that."

On 'Haven,' Rose will play FBI agent Audrey Parker (a far cry from the newspaper staffers in the original story) who grew up as an orphan in the state of Ohio. "She has this inner mystery that's driven her whole life," said Rose.

"'Who is my family? Where do I come from? What the hell am I doing here?' I think people who don't have a family or don't have that home base to go to look for structure or look for family, or just get really angry. She chooses to look for that structure and for that family. They refer to the FBI as the 'the family' a lot in the bureau. You don't tell what's going on in the family."

In the Syfy version, Parker becomes a very successful FBI agent, and she gets called to tackle a murder case in Haven, Maine, which has residents with supernatural powers. After her arrival, strange things begin happening, "and all of a sudden she feels like this town of Haven is calling out to her," explained Rose.

"She gets these mysterious messages like 'Welcome home, Audrey,' and some strange things that she ends up seeing lead her to believe that this place could have some roots for her. Once the other mystery is solved, she personally goes to seek out her own mystery and to resolve her own case. She ends up sticking around Haven for a lot longer than she originally thought, and the town has a lot of mysterious things going on for her that she ends up getting pulled in by."

Rose stated that while she has once before played a tough-as-nails exterior but softer-on-the-inside type character like Parker, it was for a shorter story arc. With 'Haven' she can develop things further.

"[With] some of the roles I've had, you can only experience an arc in such a short way, and this is a season I get to look forward to in building this character," she said, adding that this is the first time she has gotten to play a detective, which she has wanted to do for a long time.

"I've gotten to be the action girl before, but I've never played an orphan before. I think people could overlook that in Audrey if they're not careful, and I don't want that to be the case," she continued. "I think the fact that she doesn't have a place to go home to for Christmas, that she doesn't have somebody to call at the end of a hard work week, is a big deal, and I think it's important for me to remind myself of that. I have a great family, so I take that for granted. But Audrey doesn't, so I think that's very different, that kind of hollowness, no home base. That's a big deal for her."

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anybody know if they are bring back Haven?

March 09 2011 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another show with a "brilliant" FBI agent as the central character? When do we retire this character to the TV Cliche hall of fame?

April 22 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Uh.... yeah, Dead Zone.

April 21 2010 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bryan Reesman

D'oh! I cannot believe I spaced on that one. Sorry, guys. It is now amended. Thanks.

April 21 2010 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Regarding "Steven King Books don't get turned into TV shows," what about The Dead Zone? It ran for 5 years.

April 21 2010 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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