Syfy Series Gets Massive Order -- With a Catch EW
A Syfy series didn't just get an order for a new season -- it got a "super-sized" order, EW.com's Inside TV reports. The series is "Haven," which received an order for a 26-episode fifth season.
"But there’s a big catch. You knew there was a catch, right? The episodes will be split across two years. So 13 episodes this fall and another 13 in 2015," the story reports.
The report notes that "Haven" seasons are usually 13 episodes each, adding that it's unclear why Syfy didn't simply order seasons five and six.
"But sometimes cable networks order an expanded season and split it across two years because the cost of shows rise each season per talent and producer deals, and can significantly rise when multi-year contracts expire," the report adds. "If 'Haven' contracts are up for renegotiation at the end of season 5 (and initially signing talent for five seasons is pretty common), this could be a way of squeezing another two seasons out of the show without having to pay a bigger price tag for season 6."
The show's recent ratings have been about the same as last season -- 2.3 million viewers per week and 926,000 in the 18-49 demo, adding in seven days of DVR playback, the report notes.