The Canadian followup to a popular British series will find its way onto Syfy next year, making the cable channel what appears to be the new home for series from the United States’ northern neighbor.
No air date has been set yet for “Primeval: New World,” but it’s set to star “Eureka’s” Niall Matter, “The Vampire Diaries'” Sara Canning and Danny Rahim as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures.
The series follows “Primeval,” which aired on ITV from 2007 until 2011, and was shown to American audiences through BBC America. “Primeval” was described by some critics as ITV’s answer to the popular Doctor Who franchise on BBC, most notably the “Doctor Who” spinoff series, “Torchwood.”
But “Primeval” developed its own legion of fans, allowing ITV to create 36 episodes over a five-season span. And although ITV has never officially cancelled the series, the original has been out of production since late 2010.
The new series will reportedly be connected to the “Primeval” universe, and even feature some familiar names from the original series, including Andrew-Lee Potts. It’s set to make its debut on Canada’s Space channel at the end of the month, although it likely won’t come to Syfy until early next year.
“This fast-paced, entertaining and smart series will delight fans of the original program as well as introduce new viewers to this fascinating world,” Said Chris Regina, senior vice president of programming at Syfy, in a release.
“Primeval: New World” has a virtually all-star genre crew behing the scenes including Martin Wood from “Sanctuary” and “Stargate: Atlantis,” Gillian Horvath from “Sanctuary” and “Highlander,” and popular Star Trek authors Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, who are credited with creating the spinoff. Amanda Tapping, the former star of “Sanctuary” and “Stargate SG-1,” will direct a handful of episodes of the show’s 13-episode first season.
“Primeval: New World” joins several other Canadian imports at Syfy including “Lost Girl.” The cable channel already imports “Merlin” from the United Kingdom, and will pick up the miniseries “Sinbad” from that country as well.