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Merlin: BBC TV Series Renewed for Season Four

MerlinWhile Merlin has had a bit of a rocky journey here in the states, it continues to be a success overseas. The fantasy series has just been renewed for a fourth season by the BBC.

Merlin presents a different look at the younger days of the legendary fictional sorcerer. The series stars Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, and John Hurt (as the voice of the dragon).

The fantasy show ran on NBC during the summer of 2009 but was cancelled due to low ratings. Happily for fans, season two surfaced this summer on Syfy, the niche cable channel that’s also owned by NBC-Universal. It performed well enough on Syfy to be renewed for a third season back in August. Season three has begun airing overseas and is expected to begin airing on Syfy in early 2011.

The BBC has now commissioned a fourth season of Merlin. It will be made up of only 10 episodes versus the typical 13 installment order. It’s unknown if this may be an indication that interest in the series is beginning to cool. Filming is due to get underway in Wales and France in March 2011 and episodes are expected to air in 2012.

Of the pick-up, FremantleMedia Enterprises Global CEO David Ellender said, “With Merlin now in 183 countries and a fourth (season) under way, it is a truly global brand.”

Ben Stephenson, the controller of drama commissioning, said, “Merlin continues to perform outstandingly well against The X Factor and offers audiences an alternative treat on Saturday nights.”

There’s no word if Syfy will decide to air the fourth season when it becomes available. That decision will most likely be made after Syfy execs see how season three performs.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear Merlin’s been renewed? Do you want Syfy to air it?

 

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Marie March 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hi, I enjoy watching Merlin. I hope it stays on for a very long time. We here in the caribbean love this show.

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shirley bradshaw March 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I love merlin I tape it very friday night please don;t take it off

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Zoey March 17, 2012 at 12:14 am

My family and myself LOVE the TV series Merlin. Its entertains you and allows you to be a part of the 1 hour of fantasy. To bad they cancelled Camelot, It was fun too!

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Walter January 29, 2012 at 12:14 am

yES YES. YES !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kat Kar January 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

Bring it on the story line, actine and music is fabulous.

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Frankie January 8, 2012 at 2:09 am

I love the series Merlin has everything and I love magic keep it up

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Lorisa December 31, 2011 at 5:08 am

I love the series. They need to make more than just 1 more season. Reality tv sucks and it goes on forever. The soaps on forever, they suck. The tv series Firefly Canceled wonderful series. Made a movie Serenity wonderful movie. …….. Yet they keep the crap TV and cancel a great program.

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Andrea December 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I’ve been watching Merlin since NBC put it season 1 on Sunday night. I now have season 1 & 2. I stream netfix and so I was able to watch the 3rd season which was very exiting. I hope they do more than 4 seasons. I really like the show and the actors

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angela/jim December 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

we love the show what does it matter if it doesn’t draw a huge audience it brings
GOOD entertainment to many please keep it on!!!!!!!!!

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wynie December 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Looking forward to a new season of Merlin on syfy and many more seasons. Love the show.

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Stacy December 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This show is great!! Of course no one watches it during the summer time!! I would love to see a season 4!! it was like watching a movie every episode!!!

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Dawn November 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Discovered Merlin on our Netflix account, the whole family absolutely loves this program. Can’t wait until new episodes are available!!!

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Patricia November26 2011 November 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Love merlin.I have been waiting for it to come on. Can not wait.

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Nancy November 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I am happy Merling is coming back,i would love to see it on the Space channel. I dont have Syfy.

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Frankie January 8, 2012 at 2:05 am

I love Merlin I am glad is back

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Sandra November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

We love the show and want it to come back!!!!!!!!!!! It has a little of everything to please anybody who watches the show .

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