The Canadian series Primeval: New World is a spin-off of the successful UK series ‘Primeval’, which ran for 5 seasons, following an eclectic team who tracked down all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth’s distance past all over England.
The series will debut to our brethren to the north, starting on October 29; but viewers here in the U.S. won’t have to wait too long to check out the new show as Syfy has picked up the 13-episode debut season with plans to broadcast it in 2013, joining the network’s growing roster of popular original series acquisitions that includes ‘Lost Girl’, ‘Merlin’ and the upcoming ‘Sinbad’ and ‘Continuum’.
‘Primeval: New World’ will star Niall Matter (‘Eureka’), Sara Canning (‘The Vampire Diaries’) and Danny Rahim (‘Young James Herriot’) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures.
The series is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment and is produced/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.
The creative team is led by Executive Producers Martin Wood (‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Stargate: Atlantis’) and Gillian Horvath (‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Highlander’). The spin-off was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (‘Star Trek: Enterprise’). It should also be noted that actress Amanda Tapping (‘Stargate SG1′ and ‘Sanctuary’) is on board to direct several episodes.
An official U.S. airdate has yet to be announced by Syfy.