UK Start Date For Primeval: New WorldBookmark and Share

Saturday, 29 December 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Television viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to see Primeval: New World from Tuesday 8th January.

The Canadian-produced spin-off from the ITV1 series Primeval is to air on the general entertainment satellite and cable channel Watch in the 9pm slot.

As with the original British series, it features a team of people dealing with predators that emerge from time anomalies, except the spin-off sees the action taking place in Vancouver. The show stars Niall Matter as visionary inventor Evan Cross heading up the Special Projects Group team that also comprises predator control expert Dylan Weir (Sara Canning), security specialist Mac Rendell (Danny Rahim), and physics prodigy Toby Nance (Crystal Lowe), operating out of a secret base called "The Tank", which is a repurposed lab at Cross's company, Cross Photonics.

Cross's oldest friend and business partner Angelika - or Ange - Finch (Miranda Frigon) keeps Cross Photonics afloat while the team track the dinosaurs that have come through the anomalies. The team are also helped in their task by Lieutenant Ken Leeds (Geoff Gustafson), who heads the government's decommissioned department for investigating alien life and other mysteries, including anomalies.

Andrew-Lee Potts crosses over from Primeval to guest-star as Connor Temple in the first episode of the 13-part series. The episode titles are as follows:
  • 1: The New World
  • 2: Sisiutl
  • 3: Fear Of Flying
  • 4: Angry Birds
  • 5: Undone
  • 6: Clean Up On Aisle Three
  • 7: Babes In The Woods
  • 8: Truth
  • 9: Breakthrough
  • 10: The Great Escape
  • 11: The Inquisition
  • 12: The Sound Of Thunder - Part One
  • 13: The Sound Of Thunder - Part Two
Talking about the spin-off, Matter said:
It's definitely darker than the original, but we have enough parallels to keep the existing fans of the show interested.
And of his character's working relationship with Weir he said:
There's a lot of humour between the two of them and the sexual tension is obvious in some parts. But they respect each other, because they've both had to save the other's life.
Watch can be seen on Sky 109 and Virgin Media 124.





Mobile Apps For Primeval Spin-OffBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Two apps have been produced to bring Primeval: New World to the mobile world.

The North American spin-off of the UK series Primeval is set in modern-day Vancouver and is co-produced by Omnifilm Entertainment.

Gabriela Schonbach, partner at Omnifilm Entertainment and executive producer of the series, said:
The audience for the Primeval: New World brand is very savvy and comfortable with technology. There are already dozens of fan sites popping up, and we're seeing strong buzz in social media. We are delighted to provide this very active fan base with unique new ways to interact with the dinosaurs and the characters across as many platforms as possible.

Primeval: dFX – Dino Movie Maker - out now - is said to be easy to use and ideal for a general audience, including people who don't consider themselves "gamers".

Users can select from a variety of dinosaurs featured in the TV series, record a video clip using their iPhone or iPad camera, and then the app quickly inserts the selected dinosaur into the video clip. All videos can be saved for montages, uploaded to popular social media channels, or e-mailed out to friends and family.

Primeval: New World, which is scheduled to launch on Thursday 22nd November, is described as being more of a traditional platform game.

Players choose which character from the series they want to control. The characters then embark on missions to defend the streets of Vancouver from dinosaur attacks, work to capture creatures, and rescue civilians. As players move up levels and enter into new environments they collect tokens and points to be redeemed for in-app purchases.

The apps were produced by Calgary-based Robots and Pencils.

Thirteen episodes were commissioned for the first series of the TV show, which is currently being broadcast on Canadian channel SPACE on Mondays at 10pm ET, having started on 29th October. A date for it to start on Watch in the UK has yet to be announced. It was originally believed it would be shown here at some point late this year but January 2013 now looks likely to be the series' UK premiere month.

Bill Lundy, senior producer of digital at SPACE, said:
Primeval: New World has the richest and most diverse collection of online and mobile content we have ever launched for a SPACE original series. Not only are we offering our viewers an exciting and engaging website with unique user-generated content, we are also providing them with mobile app game experiences. The cross-promotion of the television series through these different media is a perfect fit for our engaged audience.
  • The first eight episodes of Primeval: New World will be shown in a marathon broadcast on SPACE on Friday 28th December beginning at 6am ET.




Primeval Spin-Off's First Episode Air Date Announced For CanadaBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Canadian broadcaster SPACE has announced that it will be showing the first episode of Primeval spin-off Primeval: New World on Monday 29th October at 10pm ET.

The show stars Niall Matter as enterprising inventor and visionary hero Evan Cross (seen right) and Sara Canning as predator-attack expert and animal-behaviour specialist Dylan Weir. Also appearing in the series, which comprises 13 one-hour episodes, will be Danny Rahim as security specialist Mac Rendell, Miranda Frigon as Ange Finch - Cross's oldest friend and business partner, Crystal Lowe as physics prodigy Toby Nance, and Geoff Gustafson as Lieutenant Ken Leeds, head of the government's decommissioned department for investigating alien life and other mysteries. Andrew-Lee Potts will be guest-starring in the opening episode as Connor Temple from the parent series.

The North American spin-off follows a specialised team of animal experts and scientists who discover dinosaurs and other dangerous predators emerging onto the streets of modern-day Vancouver through anomalies in time. It will feature more than 70 visual effects shots in each episode and will also include 16 land, sea, sky, and sand creatures created by Atmosphere Visual Effects, supervised by Mark Savela.

An official website is to be launched soon that will feature an episode guide, cast biographies, and behind-the-scenes content. Users will also be able to download high-quality visual effects from the series and put themselves into the dino-action via green screen.

Primeval: New World is based on the original series produced by Impossible Pictures. It is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd and developed in association with Bell Media, German broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch. The executive producers are Martin Wood and Gillian Horvath, the creators Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, the writers Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume, Jon Cooksey, Sarah Dodd, Katherine Collins, Dennis Heaton, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and it is directed by Amanda Tapping, Andy Mikita , Martin Wood, and Mike Rohl.

The programme will be airing in the UK on Watch at some point later this year.







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