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Merlin: Season (Series) Four Coming to Syfy

Merlin season fourLate last year, BBC ordered a fourth season (series) of Merlin. It looked like there would be just 10 episodes this time around but the order was increased to a regular season of 13 installments. Colin Morgan has indicated that they will start airing in the UK in the fall.

Here in the states, Syfy finished airing season three a few months ago, registering a series high of 1.87 million total viewers. The cable channel hadn’t made any official announcement about whether or not they’d be licensing the latest round of episodes — until now.

Syfy is hosting a Merlin panel at next week’s Comic-Con in San Diego. In addition to members of the cast and producers speaking, the presentation will also feature a special preview of season four. Slipped into the press release about the panel is confirmation that Syfy will be airing season four episodes some time next year.

Here are the details of the panel:

MERLIN returns to Comic-Con with advance look at enthralling 4th season

Anthony Head, Colin Morgan, Bradley James & Katie McGrath join co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy for revealing panel on Sunday, July 24

San Diego, CA – July 13, 2011 – A contingent of core cast members, armed with exclusive revelations about the highly-anticipated fourth season, lead global sensation MERLIN back to Comic-Con International for a special panel Sunday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Free Agents) and Colin Morgan, who play King Uther and Merlin, respectively, and Merlin executive producers and co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, return to San Diego with Comic-Con rookies Bradley James and Katie McGrath, who play Prince Arthur and the villainous Morgana.

The hour-long panel will include Comic-Con exclusive “first look” footage of the upcoming fourth season of MERLIN, as well as inside information from the cast and co-creators. There will be Comic-Con exclusive goodies for all fans in attendance, as well as extremely limited edition prizes awarded to some lucky audience members. Jenna Busch, host/writer for Moviefone, Screen Junkies, She Knows and more, will moderate the panel in the 2,000-seat Room 6BCF.

Currently filming their fourth season in Wales and France, the MERLIN crew recently made an appearance at Comic Con Paris, and will travel some 6,000 miles to San Diego to spend time with their American fans. In addition to the presentation, all six panellists will be present for an autograph signing from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Sails Pavilion. Anthony Head is particularly enthused about returning to San Diego.

“It’s such great fun to be in the midst of such a passionate crowd who celebrate the genre I’ve done in such a proportionate amount, and I really hope to see more than usual – I want to go spend time on the convention floor!” Head emphasized. “It’s an amazing gathering of fans and creators and actors, and I do love getting the chance to see so many of my friends like Seth Green, Joss (Whedon), Nathan (Fillion). Last year, Colin, Johnny and Julian and I had a wonderful experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing the impressions the Con makes on Bradley and Katie. Comic-Con is truly a fun reward for the actors and the fans alike.”

Head will also be available for autographs during a special signing Sunday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the BBC America booth (#3629).

MERLIN’s success and popularity continues to flourish across the globe – the series is now broadcast in 183 countries across the world. FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has invested in the fourth season of MERLIN alongside UK broadcaster BBC One. The show is produced and created by Shine TV and Season 4 will be broadcast in the UK this fall and in the US in early 2012. In the United States, Merlin has enjoyed solid ratings on Syfy, where its third season concluded in May 2010.

Launched in 2008, MERLIN tells the story of young Merlin in Camelot as he comes to grips with his powers and destiny. The epic fourth season of MERLIN sees Camelot on the brink of a Golden Age as the familiar blend of magic, mystery and action adventure returns. With Morgana now a dangerous outcast, Merlin must use all his power to ensure that Arthur fulfils his destiny as the once and future king.

MERLIN stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Richard Wilson as Gaius and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon. The series’ third season saw a host of high-profile guest-stars including: Emilia Fox, Tom Ellis, Miriam Margoyles, Warwick Davies and Pauline Collins. Nathaniel Parker has also been announced as guest star in season four.

FremantleMedia Enterprises holds the exclusive distribution rights (excluding UK), home entertainment and licensing rights to The Adventures of Merlin. FME has secured licensing rights to produce numerous multi-territory brand extensions including a publishing and figurines range, experiential events and consumer promotions.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to season four of Merlin? How long do you think the TV series should continue?

 

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Terry October 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

I was so disappointed to see that it was not airing here in the US this month (Oc, 2011
t). I have been anxiously awaiting its return, along with several friends and family members. Been searching the cable guide for weeks. I think the show is GREAT!! Hope it is around for many seasons to come. Also it is one of the few great family shows on. SyFi don’t let us down!

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Bonnie Carniello October 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I will watch it for as long as it airs anywhere, on my computer, on my TV, in the movie theatres. I have read many books about Merlin and the Round Table and love all of it.

Bring it on!

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lisa mewett October 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

merlin ROCKS!

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Ted October 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Great show, keeps my attention, unlike others. I hope Merlin stays on SyFy forever. I find it to be the best program equal to Harry Potter. Let’s keep it going.

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CroneWitch September 27, 2011 at 6:47 am

As someone trained in the art of magick I find Merlin completely adorable as well as a series that even non-magickal humans can get absorbed into so I’m counting the days until we can watch the start of season 4! Let’s hope this series continues on one of my favorite channels (SyFy, lol) – it really is a winner whether you work with magick or just believe that magick can exist. Believe!

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Diane September 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I really enjoy Merlin and want it to continue forever its really one of my favorites and really worth the watch Keep it going Thanks

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Rita Palmer August 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

I came across The show Merlin while watching movies on my IPad through Netflicks. This has probably been one of the most moving television series I have ever had the priveledge to watch. I am probably not your average fan since I am a female who very recently turned 50yrs old. I have been around long enough to have experienced television and movies since the 60’s. I would have to list this series possibly in the top 10 story lines of all times.The end of episode 3 series brought me to tears twice. Collin is so believable and the story line so heart wrenching that I find myself having to focus myself back to our world where there is no more magic. Anyway,I would like to give a heartfelt thanks for all responsible for this powerful story. I am so looking forward to more episodes with series 4. I read that I will have to wait until early 2012 since I live on the eastern coast of the US.

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MCJOC July 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Awesome!! Can’t wait for Season Four to begin!! Hope there’s many more seasons to come!!

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RecceR July 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Great news! I really am so pleased with Syfy for airing Merlin after NBC declined to order more episodes past season 1. I can’t wait to see the fourth season and hope it goes on for several more seasons, ending in a proper way.

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Debby Modis July 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

I and my daughter can’t wait until the new season of Merlin comes out. We anticipate each and every new episode of Merlin each week. We just love this series. We hope Merline continues for many more seaons to come.

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janice July 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

I HATE that they are going to have the show on SYFI because it has to…………. many commercials so it will only be 30 mins of the show and 30 mins of commercials.And i wish they would take OFF Buffy on Sundays that is not even scary.And the other show where people do stunts for money they are all reruns anyway.Put back the SCARY shows like you use to SYFI I think you are slowly going down hill because of all the dumb shows you have on now.WE want SCARY.

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Ruth July 23, 2011 at 12:21 am

Not so much on scary, that’s more for horror tv, I want more science fiction, not some dumb big guys wrestling and similar nonsense.

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Kat July 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

From the press release (?) you’ve got here: “The show is produced and created by Shine TV and Season 4 will be broadcast in the UK this fall and in the US in early 2012.” That’s not official enough? In any case, good news all around! Looking forward to more Merlin and it was nice to read Anthony Stewart Head’s comments.

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admin July 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Kat » Thanks for catching that. For some reason they decided to bury that important piece of information.

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Kat July 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Oh, great! Coolbeans, good to know. :)

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Michelle W. July 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

And, I hope it runs for several more seasons!!

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Michelle W. July 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

From what I’ve read about series/season 4, (I like spoilers), I can NOT wait !! I live in the states, so I have to wait a little longer, but thanks to the very awesome channel, Syfy, I’m able to watch the show. It looks like we’re in for a great fourth season!!

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Letizia July 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I think the series should continue for other seasons more…i cannot believe this is gonna be the last one! :(

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admin July 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Letizia » have not heard that and all indications are that Colin wants to continue.

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Emily September 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

BBC has already picked up series 5. It’s set to have 13 episodes and everything. I don’t know where you heard that this would be the last season but that’s incorrect.

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admin September 13, 2011 at 3:31 am

If you re-read my response, you’ll see that I’m not saying that.

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