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Space Looks To Genre For Primeval Spinoff

Spin-off of popular British series will film in Vancouver

“Primeval: New World” is coming to the Canadian genre channel Space, and its bringing some familiar faces with it.

A spinoff of the British ITV series that started in 2007, “Primeval: New World” is getting a new venue, some new characters, but still some of the great monsters — with a bit of a North American touch.

Joining the new series, which will be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, are Niall Matter from “Eureka,” Sara Canning from “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries,” Miranda Frigon, Geoff Gustafson, and Danny Rahim.

Matter played Zane Donovan in nearly 50 episodes of “Eureka,” and is expected to appear right up to the series end. He also played Mothman in the 2009 film “Watchmen,” and appeared in both “Stargate: Atlantis” and “Warehouse 13.”

Canning was Jenna Summers in 43 episodes of “The Vampire Diaries” on The CW, ending her run last year. She also appeared in two episodes of “Smallville” in 2008 as Kat, and had guest appearances in ABC Family’s “Kyle XY” as well as The CW’s “Supernatural.”

Frigon’s resume starts with the 1998 television series “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” and includes appearances in a number of other genre shows including “Jake 2.0” in 2004, “The 4400” in 2004, “Tru Calling” in 2005, “Stephen King’s Dead Zone” in 2006, “Sanctuary,” “Dexter,” “Supernatural” and “V.”

Gustafson got his start in the Canadian series “The Odyssey” in 1994, and has appeared most recently as the dwarf Stealthy in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” Rahim is much more new to the television scene, but has appeared in “EastEnders” and “Young James Herriott.”

The series already has some big genre names lined up as directors, including “Sanctuary” and “Stargate SG-1” star Amanda Tapping, “Sanctuary’s” Martin Wood and “Smallville’s” Mike Rohl.

“Space is delighted to being production on an exceptional homegrown series that is a counterpart to one of our channel’s most successful shows,” said Corrie Coe, senior vice president of independent production for Bell Media, the owner of Space, in a release. “We know it will both capture the essence of the original U.K. series and bring a unique sensibility to the screen. Both existing fans of the Primeval brand and the Space audience alike are sure to be excited by the imminent crossover from the original series into the New World.”

In fact, to help make that crossover easier to traverse, Andrew-Lee Potts will reprise his character of Connor Temple in the pilot.

The spinoff was actually created by Star Trek’s Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. The husband-and-wife duo, best known for their novels in the Star Trek universe, have done television work in the past, including 15 episodes of “The Lost World” television series, and five episodes of “Star Trek: Enterprise.”

The series will also include the special effects work of Atmosphere, who did all the Emmy-nominated work for “Smallville” and all the Stargate series.

Although production has started, Space has not announced when it will start broadcasting the show, and when it might be available to audiences outside of Canada.

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