Primeval, the much loved but low-rated British series has been given a fourth season order after ITV1 cut a deal with the digital channel Watch. According to a report in the Guardian, the series will be co-funded between the two with an order given for 13 new episodes, to be shown in two arcs.
After the third season aired earlier this year, ITV canceled the series, leaving production firm Impossible Pictures, scrambling to salvage the show which has a strong following as witnessed by licensed books, audio adventures and a possible American feature film to be produced by Warner Bros.
The shows will air in early 2011 with BBC Worldwide handling international distribution. American fans most recently watched the series on BBC America. The current season was released on DVD on September 15.
The Guardian noted, “Watch – which already airs sci fi shows Doctor Who and Torchwood – will repeat it soon after and »
- Robert Greenberger
BBC and UKTV have joined forces to rescue Sci-Fi/Action series Primeval from the television equivalent of an extinction level event. The popular – yet ailing – dinosaur themed show was set to be axed, but has received an order for two runs equaling out to 13 episodes. There is no commitment for more Primeval beyond that. It is anticipated that BBC's larger distribution footprint may help in suring up the Primeval brand.
Jonathan Drake, managing director of Impossible Pictures, said: "The dramatic changes in the business of broadcasting in the last 12 months have meant we have had to completely rethink how we put the funding together for a top-end series like 'Primeval'.
"The fact that the series is so well established and loved both in the U.K. and overseas has meant that everyone has been willing to do their best to give us the backing we needed.
"With the »
- Jon Lachonis
Welcome to your Tuesday morning television briefing. Sci-fi drama series Primeval has been saved from extinction thanks to an unprecedented international co-production deal between Impossible Pictures Limited (Ipl), ProSieben, BBC Worldwide (Bbcw), ITV, and UKTV. Under the terms of the deal, thirteen new installments of Primeval will be produced for 2011 (the thirteen episodes will comprise two seasons). BBC America will step in to take on a full co-production credit and UKTV will become a first-time investor. Adrian Hodges will again oversee the creative direction of the series, which will feature the return of stars including Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee Potts, and Jason Flemyng. "Primeval is one of BBC America's all time top ten shows and we're thrilled to be co-producing the new season," said BBC America Svp of Programming Richard de Croce. "It’s an innovative deal securing the future of an innovative show - and we can’t »
ITV series Primeval is to be revived just weeks after being axed, it was announced today.
The effects-heavy dinosaur show was pulled in June as ITV bosses refocused their budgets and decided they didn't want drama shows before the 9pm watershed.
Now the programme is back after a groundbreaking deal which will see two new series being partly funded by BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm.
The cancellation caught viewers and the show's producers on the hop, leaving the third series ending on a cliffhanger.
However, ITV1 has struck a deal with UKTV, BBC Worldwide and production company Impossible Pictures to bring the show back in 2011. Stars Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearitt, Ben Miller and Jason Flemyng will all return.
ITV1 - which had an audience of 5.5 million for the show - will premiere the fourth series of seven episodes while UKTV's pay TV channel Watch will have the first screening of the fifth, »
- David Bentley
The TV series Primeval has been brought back due to a deal made between Pictures Limited (Ipl), BBC Worldwide (Bbcw) and ITV. 13 new episodes will be shown in 2011 along with the special effects that Primeval is known for. The original co-production partners ITV, ProSieben and BBC Worldwide have collaborated with BBC Worldwide to become the majority funding partner with BBC America taking on full co-production credit and UKTV becoming a first time investor.
The series follows a team of five scientists with the task of investing the appearances of temporal anomalies across the UK. The show contains prehistoric and futuristic creatures which enter the present time.
The show was created by the brains begin the 'Walking With.' documentary makers Adrian Hodges and Tim Haines. The new series will see the return of the stars from the previous series including Hannah Spearritt, Andrew Lee Potts and Jason Flemyng, alongside special »
Primeval has been recommissioned for two series under a new co-production deal between ITV and UKTV. The arrangement, which also involves BBC America and German broadcaster Pro7, is for a seven-episode fourth series and a six-episode fifth. ITV1 will premiere series four in early 2011, while Watch will have the first run of series five later that year. ITV1 will then broadcast series five. Stars Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearitt, Ben Miller and Jason Flemyng will all return for the new batch of episodes. "I am thrilled that ITV has agreed (more) »
- By Neil Wilkes
I was never that into dinosaurs. Sure, I watched Jurassic Park along with everyone else, but, like David Foster Wallace once wrote, the story loses its plot after awhile, and by the fifth viewing you are really goddamn rooting for those velociraptors. A similar observation can be made of the BBC series Primeval, which was created by the people who brought you the “Walking with the…” series, and uses something called “anomalies” to bring prehistoric creatures into our world, and to wreak all kinds of improper havoc in the city of London. It’s the job of a rag-tag team of scientists from the Arc (Anomaly Research Center) to locate the portals, and corral any stray dodo birds or mammoths back to their homes. But, their appearances seem so unrelenting, as if the world wants them so badly to happen, it comes off as ridiculous of them to try so hard to stop it. »
- Michael Narkunski
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows like Army of Darkness, Hero, An American Werewolf in London, The Big Bang Theory Season Two and Bonanza. Yes, some of us are even excited about the debut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which drops today on Blu-ray.
Check them out.
- Joe Gillis
It's Alive is a gore splattered cautionary tale of the terrifying consequences of experimental drug testing. Bijou Phillips (Choke, Hostel Pt II, Bully) stars as Lenore Harker, a normal High School senior who seems to have it all: a boyfriend who loves her, great grades and a new baby on the way. Above all, she is certain of one thing, the baby she and Frank (James Murray, Primeval, Being John Malkovich) are expecting is going to be special. The fate of the happy new couple takes a sinister turn as the doctors and nurses delivering their baby are all brutally murdered, leaving just Lenore and her baby miraculously safe. As the police frantically try to unravel the mystery, strange and frightening events begin to occur back at the house. Cocooned in blissful motherhood Lenore is unable to »
With the third and final season of Primeval out on DVD, fans are waiting for news on plans to stop the show becoming totally extinct.
Impossible Pictures, which makes the dino-drama, had sold the movie rights to Warner Bros and has also been in talks for a Us version of the series.
The show was screened in the UK on ITV1 until it was axed last month.
Impossible founder Tim Haines has clarified the reasons for its cancellation and has also explained what they have in mind for the American version.
Haines was speaking in a recent article in Broadcast Now, which has just been drawn to my attention.
He said: "There was a lot of talk when Primeval was cancelled that it must have been because it is a big show, with lots of CGI and special effects.
"That's not the case. ITV wasn't paying the whole costs anyway »
- David Bentley
Primeval star Andrew-Lee Potts has admitted that he was "gutted" over ITV's decision to axe the show. The 29-year-old actor, who played Connor Temple on the hit sci-fi series, revealed that he sympathises with fans who feel frustrated over the programme's cliffhanger ending. Speaking to The Telegraph & Argus, Potts explained: "It was very disappointing. Primeval was averaging five million viewers an episode and the show has ended on a cliffhanger, with Connor and Abby and the rest lost in time. "But we've got to roll with the punches. We were all gutted, but this is the way it is. I've played Connor for three seasons now, (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Den of Geek caught up with Torchwood: Children of Earth - Day Three writer James Moran recently, and put some questions to him... James Moran of course has previously written for Torchwood with the Series 2 episode Sleeper as well as contributing the Doctor Who 2008 story The Fires of Pompeii and a smashing episode from the last series of Primeval - not to mention scripting the movie Severance. Generally the interview concerns how the Children of Earth storyline was developed with Russell T »
- Christian Cawley email@example.com
Public Enemies: Fedoras and running boards... nice. How come Great Depression II ain’t as stylish? Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: There’s an entirely new kind of barf joke here, so that’s something, I guess. Kambakkht Ishq: Rom-com about a Bollywood stuntman in Hollywood. He falls in love with Sandra Bullock, doesn’t he? [official site] Freakdog: Thriller set in the U.S. but filmed in Ireland. The only other thing I know is that Andrew Lee Potts, who plays the cute dork Connor on Primeval, is in this. [IMDb] »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The man behind Day Three of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Series 2 episode Sleeper and Doctor Who's 2008 adventure The Fires of Pompeii James Moran writes in the Telegraph today giving an "insight into the 'best job in the world'" Telling the story of Moran's recent career since his acclaimed movie Severance, the article covers his moves from a successful British horror movie to writing for Torchwood, Doctor Who, Spooks and the criminally cancelled Primeval (Moran's episode a couple »
- Christian Cawley firstname.lastname@example.org
Not only will our very own London correspondent Ben Austwick be there to cover the fest but it's one of the best lineups ever!
How about the world premier for Pa giant insect comedy Infestation? Check.
Sneak preview of La Horde? Check.
UK premier of Cannes premier Hierro? Check.
The world premier of The Descent part 2? Check!
Full schedule after the break. (Yes we copied Dread Central's post. Thanks UncleCreepy!)
Main Programme - Empire 1
# Thursday 27 August
18.30 Triangle (World Premiere)
The Boat That Shocked! Film4 FrightFest is delighted to open this year’s festival with the first ever showing of British director Christopher Smith’s latest spellbinding horror fantasy. When Jess (Melissa George) hits a seagull driving to her local harbour little does she know it signals a harrowing omen for her yachting trip with friends. From epic ocean vistas to poignantly shocking finale, »
The UK's most amazing horror film festival Film 4 FrightFest has released what could very well be one of the best horror line-ups we've seen ever for its latest show taking place August 27th - August 31st, brimming with films we've been salivating over Stateside!
If you need any more reasons to fly across the pond check out the schedule below!
Main Programme - Empire 1
Thursday 27 August 18.30 Triangle (World Premiere)
The Boat That Shocked! Film4 FrightFest is delighted to open this year’s festival with the first ever showing of British director Christopher Smith’s latest spellbinding horror fantasy. When Jess (Melissa George) hits a seagull driving to her local harbour little does she know it signals a harrowing omen for her yachting trip with friends. From epic ocean vistas to poignantly shocking finale, Triangle is Smith’s best, polished and most mature work.
95 minutes Director: Christopher Smith UK/Australia 2009
- Uncle Creepy
"High quality drama remains a key part of the ITV schedule, although our current focus is on post-watershed production," ITV said in a statement.
The show had an average audiences of about 5 million this year in the United Kingdom. The figure was down from around 6 million for the first two series. Thus, budget cuts are the likely rationale for the decision.
It's not yet clear how this will affect plans for a 'Primeval' movie. »
British broadcaster ITV has cancelled their popular Saturday sci-fi show Primeval, according to Total Sci-Fi.
Their source, apparently close to the production of the ITV drama, has said that a fouth season of the show will not be made as ITV have changed their mind about making TV shows for the family audience due to the high costs of making shows like Primeval.
The source is quoted as saying “Basically ITV have changed their policy about drama before 9pm in that they’ve decided they really don’t want any, at least not of the quality and cost of Primeval,” The source continued, “At the point where we finished the third series, we had every reason to believe we would be doing a fourth. Had we known there was any likelihood of cancellation, clearly we wouldn’t have left half the cast marooned up a tree in the distant past. »
- Paul Kerton
Welcome to your Monday morning television briefing. Ashes to Ashes has been recommissioned for a third and final series by BBC One. Series, which airs in the Us on BBC America, will return next year with its final season, which will offer "intriguing twists and turns to keep viewers guessing about the final outcome," said co-creator/writer Ashley Pharoah, and will complete the journey of Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes) as well as reveal just who Gene Hunt (Phillip Glenister) really is. (BBC News) Catch this interview with Glenister speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning about the third and final season of Ashes to Ashes: Dancing with the Stars' Gilles Marini will be sticking around on ABC. The Dancing runner-up has signed on to a multiple-episode story arc on Brothers and Sisters, where he will play a potential love interest for Rachel Griffith's Sarah Walker. (Variety) Kathy Bates (The Day the Earth Stood Still »
Why was Primeval's third season so shocking? Well, it took some very brave creative steps and actually pulled them off with great success. After two fairly mediocre years, the ITV show looked set for more plodding and repetitive adventures. Yet somewhere along the line an Anomaly must have popped up in the Primeval writers' room and unleashed unimaginable invention, wit, adrenalin and, erm, Lock, Stock's Jason Flemyng. Here's how Primeval turned it around and did a great job filling the Doctor Who void... Episode One It was business as usual as the Cutter Crew pursued an oversized crocodile around London in a tedious runaround. Attempts to give Nick some personality through his emoting over dead colleague Stephen only serve to underline what a dour plank of wood the lead character is. Two new female characters are nicely slotted in, (more) »
- By Ben Rawson-Jones
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