Late last night, I posted this article detailing Syfy's rumored plans for the premiere of the previously pulled "Reunion" episode of Haven, which was unofficially speculated to be mid-January. I also lamented (along with many commenters) Syfy's seeming decision to still air the season three finale this Friday, even without its proper storyline lead-in.
Make no mistake, when I typed up that piece, I checked Syfy's schedule, and it still listed the season finale "Thanks For The Memories" at 10pm on Friday, following a full season three marathon. Now, less than twelve hours later, Syfy has changed their Friday schedule to a day of original movies, followed by a primetime lineup consisting of WWE Smackdown, and the Christmas episodes of Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Haven itself.
Which brings us to the obvious question, when exactly will the final two episodes air? The answer: Thursday, January 17th from 8-10pm. I find it kind of curious that they didn't reschedule them for a Friday, which is of course the night everyone is used to the show being on, but I suppose they must have their reasons for doing so. Honestly, I still find it pretty annoying that I have to wait a whole month to find out how the story wraps up, but on the bright side, at least I'll get to see things play out in the intended order.
The following is Syfy's official statement on the matter:
"Last Friday’s 10PM episode of Haven contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school setting and in light of the recent tragedy, we have decided to reschedule it along with the series’ season three finale, originally slated to air this Friday, December 21st at 10PM. The final two episodes of season three of Haven will now air back-to-back on Thursday, January 17th from 8-10 PM (ET/PT) to maintain the integrity of the series’ serialized nature."
I really don't get Syfy's logic that the content of the episode will somehow not offend anybody if they just wait a few more weeks to air it (do people really forget that quickly?), but at least us Haven fans now know where things stand. I still think the correct move would have been to air both this Friday, instead of subjecting fans to an irritating waiting period, but I'm just some guy writing on a TV website, not a network executive making millions of dollars.