A prime television “Haven” for weird happenings is opening back up for business.
Season 3 of the Syfy series based on Stephen
King‘s story “The Colorado Kid” begins Friday (Sept. 21) — King’s
birthday — with a big mystery to solve right off the bat: the kidnapping of
Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), the former FBI agent now working for the police
department of a strange Maine town, and last seen being tasered at her own front
door by an unknown abductor.
“I think it’s very much worth the wait,” Rose tells Zap2it almost a year after the preceding “Haven” episode aired (though a stand-alone special was shown last Christmas). “We finished filming the third season by all meeting at the little theater in town and screening the first episode. It’s always a little nerve-racking, but we all looked at each other when it was finished, and we were so proud of it.
“It’s compelling the whole way through and it keeps moving the whole way through, and I think it’ll be very rewarding for the people who are really interested in the mythology of the show, but also in the action. One of the biggest hurdles is that Audrey is missing from the episode for quite a while.”
The story was directed by Lee Rose (“A Girl Thing”), no relation to Emily, and the actress cites her as “one of my favorite directors we have. It was just a full day in that weird place, and everybody on the crew felt really bad for me. They kept coming up to me and offering me stuff, and I was like, ‘No, guys, I’m good. I need to stay this way to help the material.’ I’m not super Method-y, but it’s hopefully going to tear at the hearts of the people who love Audrey to see her go through this.”
Also left dangling is Audrey’s budding romance with her sleuthing partner, policeman Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), who supposedly can’t feel anything physically. He had a definite reaction when she finally kissed him last season, though, and he certainly has emotions as he suspects rough-around-the-edges Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) — who also fancies Audrey — of involvement in her disappearance.
“To me, it’s one of the most exciting angles of the show,” Rose says of the romantic triangle. “In television, we all know that has to be stretched in many directions to continue to remain interesting. We did see her leaning toward Nathan at the end of last season, so you’re kind of like, ‘OK. Where would that go if that ends up happening?’
“What’s really cool is that events at the start of the season cause Audrey to look at her really close relationships and say, ‘How am I going to interact with these guys because of what I now know?’ And that really mixes things up. You either move toward such people or back away from them, and I kept thinking, ‘I hope people don’t distance themselves from Audrey because of the way she’s acting.’ Hopefully, it’s understandable and organic.”
With its Nova Scotia filming location doubling New England, “Haven” has been open to such guest stars as WWE veteran Edge (who returns this season) and Jason Priestley, and it’s welcoming more in its third round. Iain Glen (“Downton Abbey”), Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”) and Bree Williamson (“One Life to Live”) are among them, as are Nolan North and Claudia Black, who have appeared in the “Uncharted” video-game series with Rose.
“That was just fun, to have those worlds collide,” Rose recalls of reuniting in the “Haven” universe with past colleagues. “It was like, ‘Hey! You guys are up here, 6,000 miles away from Los Angeles. Come see some lighthouses!'”
“Haven” is getting a fall start for the first time, and Rose allows, “There’s a little bit of safety you feel (being scheduled) in the summer, but we feel really honored. Syfy and NBC Universal have given us the time to grow, and to become what we know we can be. That’s really a gift.”
While more seems invested in “Haven” now, Rose vows that the series’ basics remain in full and frequent evidence. “It sounds kind of cliched to say this season is much bigger and more ambitious, but it really is. Our show is usually based on a Trouble of the Week, which I have a love-hate relationship with, but this is the first year we’ve also had a long-term mystery to deal with.
“Still, any time the show gets really action-driven, we’re like, ‘Where is the humanity?’ That’s one of my favorite things about this season, that they really have allowed for a lot of the bare bones of the relationships to exist. People have been saying to me, ‘This was my best summer show!,’ but we feel really confident that we’ll be at home in this place.”