There will not only be a new world for the upcoming series “Primeval: New World,” but there will also be some new cast.
Colin Ferguson and Lexa Doig are among the bigger names joining the Entertainment One series, a Canadian spinoff the popular show that aired for five seasons on ITV-1 in the United Kingdom.
Ferguson most recently starred in Syfy’s “Eureka,” which is wrapping up its long run this month. Ferguson played Sheriff Jack Carter on the series for six years after a solid career as a character actor. He has also appeared in shows like “The Outer Limits” in 2002 and the short-lived American series “Coupling” in 2003.
It’s not clear what role Ferguson will be taking on.
Doig, however, will play a yet-to-be-named doctor in the series. Doig, married to former “Stargate Sg-1” star Michael Shanks, got her start in the “TekWar” series, but really got her break in the syndicated series “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda” from 2000 to 2005. She would pick up recurring work on USA Network’s “The 4400” as well as “SG-1,” and most recently appeared in the Canadian Showcase series “Continuum” as Sonya Valentine.
Both will be joined by Andrew-Lee Potts, who is reprising his role as Connor from the original U.K. series. Already cast on the show are Louis Ferreira of “Stargate: Universe” and Dan Payne from “The Cabin in the Woods.”
“Primeval: New World” is a direct continuation of the British show, created by Adrian Hodges and Tim Haines designed as a direct competitor to the “Doctor Who” spinoff “Torchwood.” The new series was developed by popular Star Trek novel authors Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and involves a lot of the former “Sanctuary” production team including Martin Wood as an executive producer and Amanda Tapping as an episode director.
The series is being prepped for a premiere on Canada’s Space channel, but it’s not clear where and when it will be run in the United Kingdom or the United States. Although Syfy could be a logical home for the show, the existing “Primeval” has aired episodes on both Syfy and BBC America. The latter cable channel has been working to bring in new fare to help it compete with the original programming of other channels, instead of depending solely on its stable of British shows like “Doctor Who.”
“Primeval: New World” is expected to premiere later this year.