Primeval Gets New Life

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Primeval was canceled by ITV three months ago.  I was bummed because I was starting to get hooked on this offbeat show.

I called it offbeat because it showed up for me late Friday nights on Syfy.

When I heard it was canceled, well, dang.  But now the word on the street is that BBC America and the U.K. pay channel UKTV pulled it from the tar pits of TV extinction and putting a deal together that will bring us two more seasons that will add up to another 13 episodes.

Under this new arrangement, BBC Worldwide is the show’s investor and will co-produce the show with ProSieben. In the meanwhile, ITV will be premiering the 4th season in 2011 and UKTV will be airing the 5th season later on in 2011.

No word on when and or if it will come back to Syfy.  One can only hope.

If you’ve never seen the show, it’s about a team of scientists who hunt down prehistoric creatures that keep popping up around Great Britain via odd, temporal anomalies.  IE: Wormholes of sorts.

Yes, odd.  Yes, a little weak of a premise.  But I found myself paying more and more attention to the developing character stories as the seasons developed.

Any Primeval fans out there?  How are you feeling about this new lease on life for the show?

Source: Variety

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  1. awesome news
    after the way the third season ended,
    i was a bit bummed to find it had been canceled
    but 2 years now until more eps is gonna suck now that I know its coming back

  2. it is a great show… i urge everyone to give it a chance

    I wonder why Britain do Sci-fi and comedy better than any other country?

  3. this is a DREADFUL show.
    any program where the writers rely on the characters’ stupidity to advance the “action” is NOT “good writing”.
    This show is as far from “a good show” as I have seen in many a long year.
    It continuously relies on unlikely plot twists, ridiculous behaviour by supposedly “professional” characters, absolutely inane and 2-dimensional conspiracy theory clichés, and completely ridiculous anthropomorphism with “cutesy” little lizard pets.

    I WANTED to like this series, and I REALLY gave it a try. But stupid (not “bad”, just stupid) “science” does not make for good sci-fi writing.

    Wow, and I can’t believe that Pandorum got trashed on this website.

  4. It is an excellent show…. there are 2 stupid/comedic characters… Helen,steven and cutter are all intelligent.

    How much did you actually watch because it really is a great and well written show, with outstanding graphics

    the only problem I have with it is that it ignores causality, but meh so does heroes nowadays

  5. Weak premises aside, it was a fun series to watch and they really did do some decent character development. I was sad to see it go (along with a slew of other shows lately). I’d rather watch middling-to-interesting science fiction than that prime time dreck.

    So, I liked it and I’m happy to hear of its possible return. Thanks for posting!

  6. Mike E: But how do you really feel?

    All joking aside, I watched the show late at night and the last thing on my mind is to dissect something for what it isn’t.

    As far as how PANDORUM, > a movie a television show <, didn’t?.

    Different writers with different mindsets. Different mediums. Different demographics of product.

    But it’s all cool, I appreciate a different take on things. Sometimes it makes me see something I’ve missed.

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