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. 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.