Syfy has rescheduled the Haven episode that was pulled from its line-up last Friday in the immediate wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting, as well as the Season 3 finale that was to air this week.
A statement issued by the cabler reads: “Last Friday’s episode of Haven contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school setting and in light of the recent tragedy, we have decided to reschedule it along with the series’ Season 3 finale, originally slated to air [Dec. 21].
“The final two episodes of Season 3 will now air back-to-back on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 8 to 10pm EST, to maintain the integrity of the series’ serialized nature.”
An episode of Syfy’s Haven dealing with fictitious violence at a high school scheduled to air tonight has been pulled from the schedule in the wake of this morning’s shocking mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school.
“In light of today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we have decided not to air it,” the network said in a statement. “At this time, no decision has been made as to when the episode will air.”
Laura Vandervoort, who was to kick off a two-episode arc tonight as James Cogan’s vengeful wife, commends Syfy’s call, which she played a role in making. “There’s a fine line between our art of evoking emotions in others, portraying tainted, troubled and broken characters, and reality,” the Smallville alum tells TVLine. “I feel immense pain and sympathy for the families and children [in Newtown] and couldn’t bear the thought of the images in tonight’s episode upsetting people.”
And as a character seen in the episode walking a high school’s halls carrying a gun, “I couldn’t stomach it,” she shares. “I’m proud of Haven and Syfy for making the decision they did.”
The Friday morning shooting in Newtown left more than 27 people — including 20 young Sandy Hook Elementary School students — dead.
ABC, CBS and NBC are set to air special editions of their evening news programs Friday devoted to the tragedy.
Syfy has renewed Haven.
The cable network has ordered a 13-episode fourth season, it was announced Friday by Mark Stern, president original content, Syfy and co-head original content, Universal Cable Productions. The new season will launch next year.
Haven has averaged 2.4 million total viewers and among adults 18-49, attracted 942,000. The current third season has also seen the drama’s best adults 25-54 average, with 1.2 million.
“We couldn’t be happier to see the story of Audrey Parker and the creepy, quirky town of Haven continue next year. Season three has hit a creative and critical high and we’re very excited to see where the talented production team takes our colorful cast of characters led by the perfect trifecta of Emily Rose, Eric Balfour and Lucas Bryant in season four,” said Stern in a statement.
Canadian broadcaster Showcase has also renewed Haven ahead of its planned Dec. 21 third season finale in the U.S. and Canada. The series also airs internationally on Universal Networks International.
Based on Stephen King‘s novella The Colorado Kid, the eOne-produced Haven -- filmed in Canada – follows ex-FBI agent Audrey Parker, who becomes a cop in the small town of Haven, Maine and discovers the town’s secrets, which hold the key to the mysteries of her past.
Haven is executive produced by John Morayniss, David MacLeod, Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd and Matt McGuinness.