SyFy Premieres Two New Shows on Saturday

The SyFy Channel has been stepping it up of late giving us reason to begin reconsidering the cable network as a friend of the scifi genre and no longer simply a wannabe. Could it be the current leadership in the big office is finally someone capable of understanding that if you claim to the a science fiction channel it’s time to actually produce some good genre programming? It would certainly appear that is the case, at least at this juncture.

Tonight the return of Continuum marks the show’s second season here in the U.S. and is one of the better imports on SyFy. Of course the jewel in the crown right now is Defiance which continues to marvel each week. It got off to a rather slow start but has picked up steam with the story writing and character development being some of the best on television today. Of course, SyFy’s leaders, Warehouse 13 and the Americanized version of Being Human continue spiraling upward. It was, however, sad news that Warehouse 13’s episode count for the next and last season has been pared-down to only five, but I have no doubt they will be unforgettable.

Sinbad-Primeval-NWTwo new SyFy ventures will premiere on Saturday June 8. They are Sinbad and the highly anticipated sequel to the British hit Primeval titled Primeval: New World.

Sinbad takes place in the 7th Century C.E. and continues with the Arabian Nights tales. One of fantasy’s most legendary characters, Sinbad, will once again come to life in viewer’s living rooms in this exciting new series.

After Sinbad accidentally kills the son of powerful Lord Akbari, he is forced to flee — under a curse — from his home town of Basra. Now unable to be on dry land for more than a day (thanks to the curse), Sinbad must travel the world to find a cure and return home. On board his new home – the ship, The Providence – an intriguing band of travelers are thrown together, including a Norwegian sailor named Gunnar, a young jewel-thief called Rina, and the aristocratic Nala. Completing the ship’s complement is an odd-ball cook and the ship’s doctor named Anwar. The whole time Sinbad is sailing the oceans to pursue his freedom from the curse he is also being hunted down by Lord Akbari. The exotic cast of actors for this new fantasy adventure includes new heart-throb Elliot Knight as Sinbad, Dimitri Leonidas (Doctor Who), Marama Corlett (The Devil’s Double), Elliot Cowan (The Golden Compass), Estella Daniels (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Tuppence Middleton (Tormented). However, the casting catch of note for this show is the addition of Naveen Andrews of LOST and The English Patient fame playing the role of Sinbad’s nemesis Akbari.

Primeval: New World moves from the streets and backwoods of England and follows a new team of predator hunters now located in the city of Vancouver and into the wilds of Canada. New anomalies in time/space have broken through in Canada and it is up to the new Primeval team to hunt them down and try to get them back to their proper timeline in history.

Inventor Evan Cross leads the team that includes predator control expert Dylan Weir, security specialist Mac Rendell, and physics prodigy Toby Nance. Ange Finch, Evan’s oldest friend and business partner, keeps HQ at Cross Phonetics afloat while Evan and his Special Projects Group track escapee dinosaurs and other weird creatures. The team is also helped by Lieutenant Ken Leeds, head of the government’s decommissioned department for investigating alien life and other mysteries — which now includes these new Anomalies. The cast of Primeval: New World is headed by actor Niall Matter in the role of Evan Cross. Matter is no stranger to the genre or the SyFy Channel. He has starred in Warehouse 13, Stargate Atlantis and most fans will remember him as Zane Donovan from the fan hit series Eureka. Supporting cast lineup is impressive with Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Danny Rahim (Eastenders), Crystal Lowe (Smallville), Miranda Frigon (Dexter) and Geoff Gustafson (Supernatural).

Both new shows premiere back-to-back on The SyFy Channel beginning Saturday, June 8 at 9/8C.


  1. DanVzare says

    Primeval: New World isn’t new, heck that version of the show was cancelled earlier this year due to low ratings. I watched it all, it was kind of good.

    • trallyus says

      Both shows are not new – They are only new to U.S. audiences and the syfy channel. Both shows are not bad as the character do tend to evolve over time if you watch them from beginning to end.

    • mic7 says

      An import then?…be hard to beat the original British version but I’ll probably check it out…I do miss Primeval.

  2. Sam Sloan says

    They are new to SyFy and American audiences. It is the same when a US network creates a show, runs it for a year or several episodes then cancels it. Finally about 2 yrs later it ends up on the television in some country outside the US as a new show for that particular market. If this article had been written specifically to the British market only and not the US at all then the headline would have read – “Two previously canceled shows returning in reruns on BBC One” or some such thingy as that. This happens all the time in nearly every market across the globe. Perhaps all future such events when written about should be titled “NEW to YOU.” Would that soothe your savage chest?

  3. Sam Sloan says

    Oh yeah. One other thing. Sometime a canceled show from one market gets shown in another some time later and is so well received in the new market that new episodes are created with as many of the original actors as possible or with a whole new cast from the more successful market country. Case in point: Being Human – did well in Britain for around 2 seasons but started slipping and is being canceled. US recreated it with entirely new cast and different storyline directions and SyFy has a mega hit on their hands as a result of it. So, if these two shows or at least one of them are successful in the US market who knows how much new life can be breathed into them by SyFy or NBC Universal. We will have to wait and see.

    • mic7 says

      It had already been decided that season 4 of the British version of Being Human would be their last even before they started filming…which is a shame…I thought it was the best season they had (at least in my opinion…the new cast seemed to click better than the old one)…anyway I would love to see SyFy pick up New World if it does well…the pacing is somewhat slower than the original version but it’s still Primeval..

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