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'Haven' - 'Butterfly' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 17th 2010 4:35PM
haven butterfly recap syfy(S01E02) 'Haven's' tepid brew of supernatural weirdness and case-of-the-week procedural plotting isn't really doing it for me. So far, things only get interesting when it seems like some restrained dark element is about to rise to surface and shatter the show's vanilla vibe to pieces. But that hasn't happened yet and, judging by the show's bland tone, I'm not convinced that it will ever happen at all.

Last week's series premiere introduced us to Audrey Parker, a smart, sassy and determined FBI agent who found herself in the middle of a strange town full of kooky characters and secrets. Parker is a fun character to watch onscreen, and a lot of that has to do with Emily Rose's great performance. But she can't carry the show all by herself, and she shouldn't have to.

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Can Stephen King Work on TV?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 12th 2010 10:02PM


There are some things that just don't seem to work on TV. For example, shows with an intelligent teenage protagonist. They get made, they have fans, they even last multiple seasons, but they never seem to break into the mainstream. Or shows about bands. It should work -- hot young people playing catchy tunes -- but ever since 'The Monkees', the formula has needed serious tweaking to take off. Another thing that doesn't seem to work on TV? Stephen King.

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'Haven' - 'Welcome to Haven' Recap (Series Premiere)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 11th 2010 2:01PM
haven series premiere syfy(S01E01) 'Haven,' Syfy's new supernatural mystery show, has a few things in common with 'Eureka,' the network's other show about an outsider living in a town chock-full of wacky misfits, which had its fourth season premiere Friday night.

Like 'Eureka,' 'Haven' is a fish out of water story that dispatches a bright law enforcement officer, FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), to a strange little slice of the world full of secrets and colorful characters, some of whom are able to do crazy stuff like affect the weather with their mood.

But the similarities end there. While 'Eureka' offered a fun and engaging time-travel story with James Callis ('Battlestar Galactica') amusingly attempting a new accent on Friday, 'Haven,' based on Stephen King's 2005 novel 'The Colorado Kid,' offered a tepid murder mystery plot with a tacked on sci-fi bent.

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'Haven' Set Visit: There's More Than Meets the Eye in This Small Town

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jun 29th 2010 2:00PM

Let's go over all the elements one needs for a Stephen King book-to-TV adaptation. Sleepy, sorta-eerie east coast town? Check. A cast of characters whose secrets have yet to be uncovered? Check. A collection of strange occurrences that no one can really explain? You'd better believe it. SyFy/Canwest's offering, 'Haven', which is based on Stephen King novella 'The Colorado Kid', has all these elements and more.

TV Squad visited the set of 'Haven', which is filming this summer just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the towns of Chester and Lunenburg. These small, romantic-looking towns are playing the part of Haven, Maine, the central locale of the TV show. With harbors and inlets aplenty, Chester and Lunenberg are boating and sailing towns, which is a definite plus considering how big a role boats play in 'Haven'.

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About 'Haven' After the Jump!

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Summer Cop Shows: Comparing the New Police Dramas

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 23rd 2010 1:20PM

One of the most popular genres on TV remains the cop show, which means, with such a ubiquitous presence, there's always going to be some good cops (and series) and some bad cops in the mix.

Here's our cheat sheet to help you decide if you should tune in, or whether the crime isn't worth your time.

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'Heroes' Director Boards Syfy's 'Haven'

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:45PM
syfy logoAdam Kane, who directed episodes of 'Heroes' and 'The Mentalist,' is diving back into genre TV with Stephen King's 'Haven.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director has singed to helm the pilot for Syfy's upcoming supernatural series, based on King's novella, 'The Colorado Kid.'

The project, which centers on an FBI agent investigating a murder in a creepy town in Maine, has snagged Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour and Richard Donat for key roles. Rose, who chatted with us about the show last week, plays the agent who, she said, is also trying to solve a personal mystery that's "driven her whole life."

'Haven' has some strong ties to the 'The Dead Zone,' the last TV show adapted from King's work. Show producers Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and Scott Shepherd are all 'Dead Zone' vets who guided that series through six respectable seasons on USA. Time will tell if 'Haven,' which is also being pitched to networks abroad, will have a similar shelf life.

The series is set to premiere later this year.

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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.

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Syfy Sets Summer Schedule

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2010 5:03PM
Warehouse 13
Your assignment: say that headline five times fast.

TV used to be a lot easier. We'd have TV from, say, September until May, and then the reruns would kick in. Sure, there have always been summer shows, but now it seems that the months of June, July, and August form a major TV season themselves. In fact, some of the best shows on TV right now actually start in the summer, not the fall. 'Mad Men' immediately comes to mind.

There are a lot of good shows on Syfy too, and they've announced when they're going to debut this summer.

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TV Casting: Laura Prepon Joins 'Awkward Situations for Men'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:56AM
Laura Prepon'That '70s Show' alum Laura Prepon is eyeing a return to television with a co-starring role in ABC's 'Awkward Situations for Men.' Prepon has signed on to play Danny Wallace's wife, Meg, in the comedy series, about a British TV personality who has trouble fitting in when he moves to America. Meg, meanwhile, sets up at a smoothie shop run by her former fling, played by Matt Letscher. It sounds like it'll be just as awkward for the women, too. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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Stephen King is coming back to TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 29th 2009 5:03PM
The Colorado KidIt seems like there has been a new Stephen King series appearing on television every other week for as long as I can remember. We had The Stand and Golden Years and The Langoliers and Kingdom Hospital (not to be confused with Garth Marenghi's Darkplace) and a myriad of others. The man has a longer television and movie resumé than Donald Sutherland (well, maybe not).

Now King is returning to the airwaves with Haven, a series based on his novella The Colorado Kid. The premise is about a small town in Maine (as usual) where cursed people live in exile. A female FBI agent named Audrey Parker arrives to solve a mystery and fight supernatural forces.

Is it me or does this sound a lot like the episode of The X-Files that King wrote? In that episode, Scully is in Maine and Mulder only appeared on screen from his office for counsel.

King has been known to recycle ideas. We'll see how this one turns out.

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