Syfy's Newest Original Series 'Sinbad' and 'Primeval: New World' Will Premiere Saturday June 8

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March 28th, 2013


via press release:



NEW YORK – March 28, 2013 – Building on the success of acquired original series such as Lost Girl and Continuum, Syfy today announced that Sinbad and Primeval: New World will join the prime time schedule beginning Saturday, June 8.


Debuting at 9PM (ET/PT), the 12-episode Sinbad follows the epic sea journey of the flawed hero Sinbad, played by newcomer Elliot Knight, who embarks on a quest to rid himself of a curse and embrace his destiny, as he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. On board The Providence, an intriguing band of travelers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan/Marchlands), agile jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett/The Devil’s Double), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels/Thorne). Completing the ship’s complement is the odd-ball cook (Junix Inocian/The 51st State) and the cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas/Grange Hill).


Sinbad is a British Sky Broadcasting presentation of An Impossible Pictures Production. Producer is Grainne Marmion.  Executive producers are Tim Haines, Sophie Gardiner and Andrew Woodhead. The series is distributed by BBC Worldwide.


Following at 10PM (ET/PT) will be Primeval: New World. The 13-episode series will star Niall Matter (Eureka), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Eastenders) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series Sanctuary, is on board to direct several episodes.


Based on the original series from Impossible Pictures, Primeval: New World’s creative team is led by executive producers Martin Wood (Sanctuary, Stargate: Atlantis) and Gillian Horvath (Sanctuary, Highlander).  The spin-off was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Star Trek: Enterprise, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World) and written by Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume (Charmed, Flash Gordon), Jon Cooksey (The Collector, The Outer Limits), Sarah Dodd (Flashpoint, Arctic Air), Katherine Collins (Endgame), and Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens.


Primeval: New World is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment.  Executive producers for Ominfilm are Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik. The series is produced and developed in association with Bell Media, German free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, The Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit Program, and British Columbia Film. Leading independent studio, Entertainment One, holds the international distribution rights.


Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)


  • scifi

    Saturday’s burn-off?

  • Brian

    Both good shows but unfortunately they were both cancelled.

  • cimmer

    Interesting for Saturday. Are they trying to go up against BBCA? Or perhaps they’re running out of Saturday movies (the ideas have been a little thin on the ground lately IMHO and the actors in them were looking more and more like alumni of soft porn lol). Has Syfy found something even cheaper to put on the air than the Sat movies? It’s possible. lol

    It might be a smart idea, they face heavy competition on any other night and Syfy is definitely no longer the go to network for scifi/horror or fantasy programming.

  • cimmer

    @Brian, well that answers that, although if they do well in the Saturday spot maybe they’ll run more short term shows on Saturday and give the movie a breather. They’ve got to be cheap especially since they’ve already been cancelled.

  • lys

    Sinbad is pretty bad. The lead is horrible. Glad it got cancelled.

  • juliedawn

    Sinbad was awful imo, but Primeval New World was pretty good. Disappointing that Space/Bell Media here in Canada decided not to go forward with a second season.

  • Martin

    Wow, thats surprising. Saturday burn off, although the battlestar galactica prequel blood and chrome did pretty good, think that might of been sunday though, but still night they don’t usually program.

  • UKTVFan

    Syfy may have scheduled Sinbad and Primeval: New World starting June 8 because BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday will most likely be in a lull by then. Doctor Who S7, Part 2 (Sat. 8pm) will end on May 18, while the season finales of Orphan Black S1 (Sat. 9pm) and The Nerdist (Sat. 10pm) will air on June 1 (assuming BBC America doesn’t air repeats on May 25 because of Memorial Day weekend).

  • Tom

    Primeval New World took boring to a whole new level. The entire series could have been condensed into half as many episodes. That’s quite an accomplishment considering the show was derived from a successful BBC series.

  • alexjones

    primeval was not a bbc series, just cos it was a british show dosen’t automatically mean it’s from the BBC.

  • JJA

    One question: WHY did SyFy yank Merlin without warning?

    It is very frustrating, especially given that the show already ended in the UK.

  • Steve

    SyFy’s record of canceling quality scifi:
    1. Farscape
    2. Invisible Man
    3. Caprica
    4. Stargate Universe

    The only hope for real scifi is with the upcoming “Defiance”. Certainly not in drivel like “Sinbad”.

  • AniMatsuri

    Quality sci-fi? With a the exception of Farscape, I agree with all those cancellations.

  • cimmer

    @AniMatsuri, I had a soft spot for Invisible Man just for using the Prey character in one of their eps but agree on the rest.

    I’ve seen the previews for Defiance (and heard the dialogue) and not too impressed, at least yet. The game graphics look sort of awkward too which could actually be the real killer.

  • Steve

    @ AniMatsuri.
    IMO Farscape was an Awesome series, yep it’s your opinion whether it were bad or not… It was a SCIFI series shot in Australia and IMO did pretty darned good here. Fox Studios had just opened here in Sydney. Not bad for an Aussie attempt. Invisible man? Never knew it was a series… Must’ve been easy for the Lead to play his part, what with not even being needed on set and wotnot. LOL

  • Steve

    Oh… And Furthermore… SCREW YOU SCIFY FOR RUINING THE CHANCES FOR A GREAT SHOW TO CONTINUE. I WAS STOKED WHEN NEW WORLD CAME OUT. After watching the entire original series, New World filled the void in my chest from the wanting of more more more.

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