Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oh happy day!

This is fantastic, amazing, unbelievably good news! BBC America just announced that they will premiere the new season of Primeval January 1st, the same day as in the UK! Yes, yes, YES!!! My excitement just cannot be adequately expressed by mere typing...

You can read more info about the new season here (thrilled to find out that Ciarán McMenamin is joining the cast, I LOVE him!). Here's some excerpts from the press release:
When rips in time called anomalies started opening across the UK, dangerous creatures from the past and future began appearing in the most unexpected places, endangering lives and putting the whole of humanity at risk. A crack team of specialists were appointed by the government to deal with these "creature incursions." This job has proven deadly for multiple team members and threats continue to escalate.

Ciarán McMenamin (Jericho, Demons), Alexander Siddig (Clash of the Titans, 24, Syriana, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and young Irish actress Ruth Kearney join the team at the Anomaly Research Center (ARC) after the government loses faith in Home Office official Lester's (Ben Miller) ability to run such a dangerous and expensive operation on his own. The anomaly operation is now a public/private partnership, part-owned by the government, and partly by charismatic scientist Philip Burton (Siddig).

With Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts, Alice), Abby (Hannah Spearritt) and Danny (Jason Flemyng, X-Men: First Class, Snatch) trapped in the past at the end of season three, the ARC has found new recruits to take their place: Matt (McMenamin), the new field leader, who's more than just an ex-soldier. He's a zoologist, with an uncanny ability to understand animals. A private man, Matt carefully guards the secrets of his past and the real reason he joined the team. Unconventional Jess (Kearney) now runs operations from the ARC Control Centre. She is highly efficient and her work ethic is second to none, though she is human enough to nurse an unrequited crush on Captain Becker (Ben Mansfield).

The new season picks up approximately one year after the last season ended - Abby and Connor finally escape from the Cretaceous period, only to be followed by a giant Spinosaurus, the largest of all known carnivorous dinosaurs. A new ARC team springs into action, leaving Abby and Connor's place within the team in jeopardy while their former leader Danny is still missing.
There's also some exciting Doctor Who-related news in this release - for the first time that I'm aware of, the Doctor Who Prom special will air on Christmas Day in the US (along with the Christmas special that evening). The Prom is a live concert event featuring stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

And here's a new Primeval teaser:


Traxy said...

I thought ITV cancelled Primeval becuse they couldn't afford it anymore? *scratches head*

Tales of Whimsy said...

That's fantastic news!
Do you think I will be able to find it online since I don't have cable?

Unknown said...

@Traxy - It is rather confusing. Primeval was canceled, and then saved again a few weeks later through some sort of multi-company funding thing...I blogged about it here:

@Juju - I KNOW!!! I am SO FREAKING HAPPY about this it's ridiculous.

I know BBC-A typically puts the eps On Demand the next day, so you may be able to find the show on Hulu...?

Kaye Dacus said...

I'm just an old Trekkie at heart, but I'm thrilled to see Alexander Siddig is joining the cast. Loved him on DS9!

Lori Benton said...

This sounds really good. I had forgotten where we'd left those characters. Now I can't wait to see what happens next!

Unknown said...

@Kaye - You have me curious about Siddig since I've never been a Trekkie (the new film being the exception!).

@Lori - I can't wait! I'm going to try to rewatch the first two DVD boxed sets sometime between now and New Year's to refresh my memory...