UK hit Primeval spawns a new next-generation spin-off coming to Syfy (by way of Canada) next year.
Fans of the UK's hit dino-drama Primeval will finally get to see its long-awaited spin-off series, Primeval: New World, premiering on Syfy with 13 original episodes in 2013.
Based on the original series' mythology, Primeval: New World stars Niall Matter (a.k.a. Zane Donovan from Eureka), Sara Canning (a.k.a. Jenna Sommers in The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Young James Herriot) as a new Canadian team of animal experts and scientists contending with "anomalies" now appearing worldwide. "Anomalies" are highly localized paranormal phenomena that miraculously function as portals/gateways through time. In Primeval: New World the team will encounter prehistoric - as well as futuristic - animals and people that've arrived through the portals in northern latitudes.
Also announced as appearing in Season One are thesps Miranda Frigon (Heartland, Jake 2.0), Crystal Lowe (Smallville, Da Vinci's Inquest) and Geoff Gustafson (Once Upon a Time, Hot Tub Time Machine). Andrew-Lee Potts will reprise his role as Primeval's Connor Temple in the new series.
Described as a parallel yet independent series with some crossover, Primeval: New World has been compared to the popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spin-offs by Primeval's original creator Tim Haines, in that some aspects of story and character development will move between the two series via occasional plotlines uniting. And keeping with Syfy's recent tonal shift among its scripted programming, this next-gen incarnation promises to be even darker and scarier than the original.
Created by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Star Trek: Enterprise, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World) and Executively Produced by Martin Wood (Sanctuary, Stargate: Atlantis) and Gillian Horvath (Sanctuary, Highlander), Primeval: New World's first season writing team includes Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume (Charmed, Flash Gordon), Jon Cooksey (The Collector, The Outer Limits), Sarah Dodd (Arctic Air, The Border), Katherine Collins (Endgame), and Judith & Garfield Reeve-Stevens. Further concretising the series' behind-the-scenes connection with Sanctuary and Stargate: Atlantis, former star of both shows Amanda Tapping is slated to direct several Season One episodes.
Primeval: New World is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment. Executive producers for Omnifilm are Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik. The series is produced and developed in association with Bell Media, German free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, The Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit Program, and British Columbia Film. Primeval: New World was acquired by international distributor Entertainment One, joining Syfy's dynamic roster of acquisitions including Lost Girl, Merlin and the upcoming Sinbad. Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.