ITV cancel Primeval

Paul Kerton June 15, 2009 13

PrimevalBritish 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. We can understand that some fans might be frustrated by this ending and we’re sorry for that.”

Futher sources of news about the potential cancellation include Ben Miller, comedian and part of the ensemble cast of Primeval who claimed on this Twitter account that he’d also heard it had been cancelled.

There has been talk of a movie, and possible US version of the series, with Warner Bros. paying a six figure sum to secure the rights, and bringing in Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster to produce the potential movie of the show. How this would be affected at all by the possible cancellation of the original show, is unclear. However, this is still a rumour until confirmed by ITV themselves.

UPDATE: 7:39AM EST – ITV have confirmed that Primeval will not be returning via The Guardian Newspaper. The ITV spokesperson stated “After three very successful series of Primeval there are no plans at the present time for it to return to ITV. High-quality drama remains a key part of the ITV schedule although our current focus is on post-watershed productions.” It also confirms that the production company Impossible Pictures were looking for a broadcast partner to share the costs, primarily the UK Sci-Fi Channel.

  • Middayeclipse

    Of course they did. I just started watching it a couple months ago. It's cheesy but fun. It's definitely BBC (shot the same way as Torchwood) but with dinosaurs coming through space/time rifts. I hope it sticks around long enough on Space that I can catch up on repeats before it disappears.

  • Middayeclipse

    Of course they did. I just started watching it a couple months ago. It’s cheesy but fun. It’s definitely BBC (shot the same way as Torchwood) but with dinosaurs coming through space/time rifts. I hope it sticks around long enough on Space that I can catch up on repeats before it disappears.

  • Anne

    Monsters, mystery, and drop-dead gorgeous characters for both sexes for a change. There's the fantasy part for me, so much male beauty…(and yes Ben Miller and Andrew-Lee Potts I defintely include both of you.)

    Primeval, I will miss you. An original premise like this one was too sweet for this mortal plane. Not to mention chair-clenching action. Can we please just have slightly less expensive and incredible-looking dinos and still hear the story? It's a sacrifice I'd make if I could.

    Ah well, all good things…

  • Anne

    Monsters, mystery, and drop-dead gorgeous characters for both sexes for a change. There’s the fantasy part for me, so much male beauty…(and yes Ben Miller and Andrew-Lee Potts I defintely include both of you.)
    Primeval, I will miss you. An original premise like this one was too sweet for this mortal plane. Not to mention chair-clenching action. Can we please just have slightly less expensive and incredible-looking dinos and still hear the story? It’s a sacrifice I’d make if I could.
    Ah well, all good things…

  • Kathleen

    Of course it's being cancelled. It's a reasonably decent TV show. At this rate, the only thing I'm going to be watching will be documentaries – the REAL reality shows, not the cr@p that calls itself "reality".

    The assorted Network Execs wonder why TV viewing has dropped so drastically on their stations. I can tell them. "Stop showing cr@p and dumping decent shows, and maybe we'll watch."

  • Kathleen

    Of course it’s being cancelled. It’s a reasonably decent TV show. At this rate, the only thing I’m going to be watching will be documentaries – the REAL reality shows, not the cr@p that calls itself “reality”.

    The assorted Network Execs wonder why TV viewing has dropped so drastically on their stations. I can tell them. “Stop showing cr@p and dumping decent shows, and maybe we’ll watch.”

  • Pat of Delaware

    How incredibly frustrating – one of the few shows that I bother to watch, and it is deemed "too expensive" to make, and therefore must be jettisoned. Perhaps ITV has not heard, or forgotten the old adage "You get what you pay for…"

    Do those in charge realize that those of us who watched Primevil have a fair amount of disposable income, and can take that income and go to other channels with other advertisers / sponsors? Not all of us can stomach "American Idol" and all its UK equivalents for those with IQs below 70…

  • Pat of Delaware

    How incredibly frustrating – one of the few shows that I bother to watch, and it is deemed “too expensive” to make, and therefore must be jettisoned. Perhaps ITV has not heard, or forgotten the old adage “You get what you pay for…”

    Do those in charge realize that those of us who watched Primevil have a fair amount of disposable income, and can take that income and go to other channels with other advertisers / sponsors? Not all of us can stomach “American Idol” and all its UK equivalents for those with IQs below 70…

  • DAMMIT!!

    You know….The first sentence of the article starts with Their "Popular" show.. Yes..Popular. Which means that people are actually watching it and like it. I can not believe that in the rougher times that people are in..They would cancel a show that is beyond better than 90 percent of the shows worldwide. I live in the US and I prefer primeval to almost everything. The show was original, great cast, great writing, had awesome effects for a tv show, etc. Luckily theres still torchwood…But theyll prolly cancel that to next. WTF ITV!! You guys have a terrible business plan..No bonuses for you!!

  • DAMMIT!!

    You know….The first sentence of the article starts with Their “Popular” show.. Yes..Popular. Which means that people are actually watching it and like it. I can not believe that in the rougher times that people are in..They would cancel a show that is beyond better than 90 percent of the shows worldwide. I live in the US and I prefer primeval to almost everything. The show was original, great cast, great writing, had awesome effects for a tv show, etc. Luckily theres still torchwood…But theyll prolly cancel that to next. WTF ITV!! You guys have a terrible business plan..No bonuses for you!!

  • Fan in US

    I have declared never to watch tv shows again! All of the best shows are being cancelled now including my favorite Primeval. At least they ended with their best episode yet, unfortunately we will never know how it ends. Is there a petition I can sign to bring this amazing show back?

    I figure what is the point in watching a good tv show, just so I can be disappointed when they end with a bang. (Kyle XY, Supernatural) Instead they keep The Hills and Im a Celebrity. Well Im done! No more tv = No more disappointment.

  • Fan in US

    I have declared never to watch tv shows again! All of the best shows are being cancelled now including my favorite Primeval. At least they ended with their best episode yet, unfortunately we will never know how it ends. Is there a petition I can sign to bring this amazing show back?

    I figure what is the point in watching a good tv show, just so I can be disappointed when they end with a bang. (Kyle XY, Supernatural) Instead they keep The Hills and Im a Celebrity. Well Im done! No more tv = No more disappointment.

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