Is Haven returning for a fifth season? Oh yes. Syfy just ordered a super-sized fifth season – 26 episodes. That’s more than broadcast drama seasons, let alone cable.
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.
Since Haven seasons are normally 13 episodes, why didn’t Syfy simply order a fifth and sixth season then?
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. 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.
Overall Haven ratings on Fridays are pretty steady with last season – 2.3 million viewers per week and 926,000 adults 18-49 when including seven days of DVR playback.
At any rate, regardless of why Syfy is doing the order this way, the news is unchanged: A lot more Haven.