It's really not that implausible of a scenario.
Agent Audrey Parker walks into a five-and-dime store in the town of Haven, Maine, to ask some questions about some strange occurrences taking place. And who is behind the counter? None other than Stephen King.
The legendary author, who wrote the story the new Syfy series "Haven" is based on, has been known to make cameo appearances in television shows and movies that have been adapted from his book. And the producers of "Haven" would love if he showed up in Nova Scotia for this show as well.
"We're hoping for that actually," Executive Producer Sam Ernst told reporters during a recent press conference that included Rabid Doll. "I know that King has been in, he has seen the pilot, he's been involved in everything. And believe me, please say we would love to have Steve King come in."
Charles Cartwright, the publisher of "The Colorado Kid" which "Haven" is based on, is writing at least one episode of the new show this season, and has a very close relationship with King, Ernst said. That relationship alone could help get King on set.
Fellow "Haven" executive producer Jim Dunn upped the stakes even more.
"Mr. King, if you're out there listening to this, our show owner is good friends with the guy who owns the Boston Red Sox," Dunn said. "So, you know, if you want to get tickets for something, come on down to the set."
Of course, as cool as it would be to see King on camera, Ernst said if he could get the author involved with the production, he has other ideas in mind on where he could go.
"I would rather have him in the writer's room, though, than on the set," he said. "Although I'd happily take both."
"Haven," which premieres July 9 on Syfy, centers around Agent Audrey Parker, played by Emily Rose of "Jericho" fame, who is sent to the Maine town to investigate odd occurrences, but ends up sticking around. While the original premise might have a tough of "Eureka," the show is designed to be much different, also starring Eric Balfour ("Life on Mars," "Six Feet Under") and Lucas Bryant ("Dollhouse," "Queer As Folk").
The series is based on "The Colorado Kid," which King published in 2005. The 179-page mystery has a mixture of supernatural elements ... but is still just 179 pages. Adapting it into a series that would probably need several years was a trick the writers and producers had to work out ahead of time.
The two executive producers spent many nights on Ernst's porch talking over how the book could be adapted into a series without losing the Stephen King magic that made the story so popular in the first place.
"One of the things in genre TV that can sometimes be a problem is that people get so hung up on the bright shiny toy of the supernatural thing or the sci-fi thing that the characters don't really get a chance to live and breathe and become real characters," Dunn said. "And we're trying to take the other approach, which is to use the supernatural elements of the show to highlight the lives of the characters, and get more emotional involvement and interesting things into the lives of our characters."
"Haven" premieres July 9 at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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