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Here’s the full text of this week’s feature story on the Syfy series premiering tonight …

novelist Stephen King is known for stories set in his native Maine that feature supernatural elements.


The latest
adaptation of his work is indeed set in Maine,
but had to have the supernatural elements added in – which might be a first.


On Friday,
July 9, Syfy debuts “Haven,” a new one-hour drama loosely based on a 2005 King
novella called “The Colorado Kid,” which dealt with the mystery of a body found
on a small island off the coast of Maine.


In the TV
show, Emily Rose (above, “John From Cincinnati,” “Jericho“)
stars as FBI Agent Audrey Parker, who arrives in little Haven, Maine, to solve the
murder of a local ex-con.


long, she discovers the town is a refuge for people with supernatural abilities
– and it may hold a clue to the orphaned Audrey’s own mysterious past.


Bryant (center, in photo below) stars as local police officer Nathan Wuornos, who becomes Audrey’s
investigative partner; and Eric Balfour (at left in photo below) as charming local Duke Crocker.


A few years
ago, longtime pals and writing partners Jim Dunn and Sam Ernst were handed “The
Colorado Kid” by producers Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and Scott Shepherd, whose
previous credits include the long-running USA series version of King’s “The
Dead Zone.”


original story is long on mystery but short on answers.


“With ‘The
Colorado Kid,'” says Dunn, “Stephen King set up a template for a place and a
few characters in the novella. King really doesn’t touch on the supernatural
much, and everyone agreed that we needed to bring the supernatural element (to
the TV adaptation), which is largely what Sam and I brought.


“It’s one
of the reasons we held our breath when we sent our stuff to Stephen King,
because we were adding a major element to what he had put in place in the


Ernst, “We sparked to the novella and came up with a bunch of ideas, and over
time eventually sent them all to Stephen King in a big document of everything
we wanted to do. Then we held our breath.


“He sent us
an email back that said, ‘Sounds like a blast.’ That’s a quote. We finally let
go of our held breath and started writing.”


Nova Scotia, Canada,
stands in for Maine
in “Haven.” The two places are not that far apart geographically, but shooting
in the beautiful but rustic location is proving a challenge.


“As we
speak,” says Rose, calling in from the “Haven” set, “I am standing under a blue
rain tent in front of a propane heater, because I’m just so cold.”


But the
blond-haired, blue-eyed Rose is thrilled to not just be playing someone’s girlfriend
Haven_Eric_Balfour_Lucas_Bryant_Emily_Rose.jpg wife, but a tough career woman.


“I was just
really excited to be able to play an FBI agent,” she says. “It’s great to be
able to play a real serious role, a cool, sassy, smart, independent, funny but
really deep character. It’s such a treat when it comes along – especially when
they’re written really well also.”


King is
known for creating complex characters, and it looks like Ernst and Dunn have
done the same for Audrey.


“The detail
about her that I absolutely love,” Rose says, “is the fact that she’s an
orphan. She’s been thrown around from place to place until she was 18. Now
she’s an FBI agent. By nature, she’s definitely driven and aiming to be a good
investigator, partially, I’m sure, because she can’t figure out that mystery of


running along on her hamster wheel, with her little driven self and nature, and
all of a sudden, somebody stops that wheel. (In Haven), she is thrown out of it
for a second, because there’s a clue that just lands right in her fact that
says, ‘You might be connected to this place.’


“For the
first time in her life, she resonates with that and has to stop her life for a
minute. I think how she’s adjusting to Haven is, sometimes when people don’t
want to deal with things, they wind up digging right back into their work. I
think Haven offers a lot of that, because there are so many mysteries and
things that are happening around this quirky area that she has to look into.


“But she
still does have that constant panging of, ‘Am I connected here? Was my family
from here? Was my mother from here?’ There are all these looming identity
questions that she has to face and deal with.”


All of this
also raises the question of just how Audrey wound up investigating in a place
that may be linked to her past.


“But is it
bad?” says Rose. “Is it people in the FBI or the town of Haven? Has Haven drawn other characters to
it? We don’t know yet. She, for sure, doesn’t know that yet.”

Posted by:Kate O'Hare