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“Primeval: New Dawn” grabs dino-hunters


Remember that “Primeval” spin-off which was being mooted last year?  Well, it’s going ahead and has signed up a complement of genre tv faves to battle anomaly-surfing dinosaurs and weird beasties in the Great White North.

Your female lead is Sara Canning, who is perhaps best known to fans of fangs as Jenna in the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”.  

Sara Canning. She's in the "Primeval" spin-off, you know...

As I’ve never seen the show, I am somewhat at a disadvantage in discussing her suitability for the fraught business of running away from CG monsters, but the stuff that I’ve seen on YouTube of Ms Canning’s work in that show has me comparing her to Amy Adams, which can’t be anything but a recommendation.  Canning’s going to be an expert on predator attacks in the show (which clearly means that she has to say ‘Get to da choppa!’ at some point…)


Somebody that I can speak of with more experience is Niall Matter, late of the unjustly-cancelled and excellent SyFy comedy drama, “Eureka”.  In a wholesale turn-about from his role as buff nerd and bad boy Zane, Matter’s apparently going to be playing an inventor and ‘visionary hero’ in this spin-off.  I suspect anti-dino weapons, gadgets and frequent shirtlessness to be the order of the day – if you’ve got it, flaunt the living beggary out of it, am I right?

The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the show also suggests that “Stargate”/”Sanctuary” genre telly royalty Amanda Tapping will be directing episodes in the 13 week run, along with some of her old muckers like Andy Mikita and Martin Wood, names instantly familiar to anybody who’s ever had a Sunday afternoon “Stargate SG-1” marathon.

With Andrew-Lee Potts doing guest shots in the first run, I can’t help but feel that this show will be right up my alley when it apparently airs in 2013…


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“Primeval” spin-off news

Has a show ever fallen faster from my affections than this one?

When it comes to genre telly, I like to believe that I’m not a snob – hence my enthusiasm for ITV’s attempt to purloin the Saturday night family audience with their dino-drama, “Primeval”.  Or should I say, my enthusiasm for the first series.

It didn’t have the budget of an American show – compare the money that Fox spent on the PILOT of “Terra Nova” with the cost of three or four SERIES of “Primeval” and weep at what ITV and Impossible Pictures managed to do with barely any cash at all – and it was very much the plucky wanna-be next to the all-conquering “Doctor Who”.

There was, though, something fun about it.  Was the craven attempt to ape Russell T Davis’ ‘New Who’ by casting a former pop star in a lead role?  Perhaps the presence of Ben Miller as boss-man James Lester, playing the kind of rapier-witted, perfectly-suited, two-fisted manager that the modern civil service could really do with right about now (I speak from a position of some knowledge, much of it hard-won)?

Was it the brave attempt by the writing and producing team to set this caper in present day Britain, with all manner of Jurassic nasties running amok through Asda car parks – product placement or ironic, sub-textual commentary on the bland and mind-numbing juxtaposed with the uncanny and extraordinary?

Whatever it was, for a time I loved it.  My geek crush on the show waned with the somewhat less-engaging second series and by the time that series three rolled around, I was totally out of the loop.  Watching some repeats on the cable and satellite channel Watch recently, I was completely unaware that Jason Flemying had been in season three – and reading through the Wiki summary of the show makes me think that I should be finding an entirely legal, wholly legitimate online stream of the stuff that I’ve missed.

Yep, here's your inevitable Hannah Spearritt picture.

The reason for this post?  Why yes.  SFX today has some more news on the Canadian spin-off for “Primeval”, which series co-creator Tim Haines is likening to “CSI” – does that mean that we’re going to get Callum Keith Rennie doing his best David Caruso impersonation and facing down anomalies armed only with a huge SUV and some Ray-Bans?

Mind. Boggled.

It’s not quite in production yet, but should be in the first part of next year.  And, intriguingly, the prospect of a tv show doesn’t entirely preclude the proposed movie adaptation – which is even now in the hands of “Fringe” writer Jeff Pinkner.

It would appear that you’ll be able to get your dino-fix for a good long while if everyone’s cretaceous ducks are placed in a row..





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