Following the horrific, tragic elementary school shooting that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday morning, Syfy made the decision to postpone the episode of its supernatural series Haven, which was scheduled to air Friday night. The reasoning behind it is a rather strange coincidence: the episode was set to depict fictionalized violence within a high school -- most certainly not appropriate viewing fare so soon after such a major tragedy.
"Nathan and Duke help Audrey find the Troubled killer after a string of murders take place at Haven High School," reads the synopsis of the episode, titled "Reunion." It's a pretty strange coincidence, but it's widely agreed that Syfy made the right decision in pulling the episode. Actress Laura Vandervoort, who was set to appear in the episode, certainly thinks so.
“I couldn’t stomach it,” she told TVLine, referring to a scene in which her character walks through the hallways of a high school carrying a gun. “I’m proud of Haven and Syfy for making the decision they did.” You can read more of what Vandervoort had to say here.
While I certainly am not a proponent of the sensationalization such cases are treated with by the newsmedia, I agree with Vandervoort that SyFy made the right call here. Even though I doubt anyone directly affected by this event would have tuned into SyFy, the images might have proven to be uncomfortable for even the most stoic of viewers.
No word yet on when (or if) the episode will eventually air.