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Syfy fall 2014 schedule: 'Haven' Season 5, 'Z Nation' premiere dates and more

Eric Balfour, Emily Rose and Lucas Bryant attend the 'HAVEN' Cast, Celebrity and Fan Fest during 2012 Comic-Con International held at Sidebar on July 12, 2012 in San Diego, California.
Eric Balfour, Emily Rose and Lucas Bryant attend the 'HAVEN' Cast, Celebrity and Fan Fest during 2012 Comic-Con International held at Sidebar on July 12, 2012 in San Diego, California.Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Syfy announced on Friday (Aug. 8) the premiere dates for its fall 2014 schedule, Variety reports. The lineup includes the return of "Ghost Hunters," Season 5 of "Haven," the debut of new series "Z Nation" and "Town of the Living Dead," the six-hour event series "Ascension" and three original movies.

The first half of the fifth season of "Haven" premieres on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10/9 p.m. CT. In the new season, Haven’s protectors are thrust into uncharted waters with Duke (Eric Balfour) now a ticking time bomb as he fights to contain the Troubles within him, while Nathan (Lucas Bryant) faces his greatest fear that Audrey (Emily Rose) -- the woman he’s fought so desperately to save -- may be gone forever.

TV Line reports that Laura Mennell ("Alphas") has joined the cast in the recurring role of Dr. Erin Reid Charlotte Cross, a brilliant CDC epidemiologist who fears that Haven is on the verge of a deadly outbreak. Ratings for the sci-fi series, based on Stephen King's novella "The Colorado Kid," rose 11 percent among adults 18-34 and three percent among adults 18-49 during Season 4.

"Z Nation" debuts the following night on Friday, Sept. 12 at 10/9 p.m. CT. The show is set three years after a zombie virus has devastated the United States, and revolves around a team of everyday heroes who must transport the only known survivor 3,000 miles from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. His antibodies are the world's last best hope for a vaccine, however, he harbors a dark secret that threatens them all.

The show stars Harold Perrineau ("Lost") as Hammond, the leader of the westward-bound group, Tom Everett Scott ("Southland") as Garnett, Hammond's second-in-command, DJ Qualls ("Supernatural") as Citizen Z, a computer hacker who joins the team to help navigate the zombie-infested terrain and Michael Welch as Mack, a wanderer who, along with Kellita Smith's ("The Bernie Mac Show") Addy, joins the team to survive. Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson and Keith Allan also co-star in the series, which began production on the 13-episode first season in Spokane, WA. back in June.

The docuseries "Town of the Living Dead" premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10/9 p.m. CT. The show revolves around a group of amateur filmmakers from Jasper, AL who are determined to complete their zombie film, "Thr33 Days Dead," which they have been working on for six years, and could someday become a Syfy movie. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama.

"Ghost Hunters" returns for its 10th season on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9/8 p.m. CT. Episodes this season will be set in Brunswick, GA’s Old City Hall, Elizabeth V. Edwards Elementary School in Barnegat, NJ, the historic Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs, FL and Ohio’s Cincinnati Music Hall, plus a return visit to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV to celebrate the show's 200th episode with a two-hour installment on Oct. 22.

"Ascension," debuting Monday, Nov. 24 at 9/8 p.m. CT, follows a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

The series stars Brandon P. Bell ("Hollywood Heights") as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron Gault, Brian Van Holt ("Cougar Town") as the ship’s captain William Denninger and Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") as Viondra Denniger, the Captain’s beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife, who also serves as the ship’s Chief Steward.

According to MediaPost.com, "Ascension" marks the first mini-series from Syfy in five years, and has the potential to become a weekly series like the two-part "Battlestar Galactica" mini-series did back in 2003.

Syfy original movies "Dark Haul" and "Finders Keepers" will air in October, while "Mutant World" is slated to air in November. The cable network will also once again celebrate Halloween with nearly 600 hours of programming during the seventh anuual, month-long "31 Days of Halloween" from Oct. 1-31.